The ride cymbal plays a swing; the bass drum and snare provide a rock beat. Together we get the swing-rock! Also, check out Eric Clapton playing 'Before You Accuse Me'. The swing-rock fits really well in this blues song, have a play along with the video if possible. The drummer here is Steve Gadd, one of my favourite groove players : )
'Straight Eight' or 'Rock Beat'
This is the best beat to start your rock drumming. Please take a look at the written version of straight eight also, it will make a lot of sense once you have heard and watched it...
At this point we will start reading drum music.
The keyHERE shows you what drum components are on what line.
The basic groovesHERE give you a range of bass drum positions to use while playing a simple hand pattern. These sound great!!
Why not play along with the actual recording? This can be used for fun and assessments to show that you can play in time (listen while playing) and play appropriate parts. Be sensitive to the mood, if it's big, play big; if it's calm then play calmly and softly.