In this free drum lesson I’ll be showing you how to play the double handed verse drum beats from the song “Closer To The Edge” by 30 Seconds To Mars.

There’s no doubting Shannon Leto‘s ability behind the drums. The man continues to come up with unique and interesting grooves for us all to enjoy. This drum beat is no exception.

Closer To The Edge” Verse Drum Beats (30 Seconds To Mars)

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Verse 1 – Drum Beat Notation

Closer To The Edge Drum Beat Free Drum Lesson Shannon Leto 30 Seconds To Mars

This is the drum beat Shannon plays during the first verse of the song, after the drums properly kick in.

Shannon plays a line of double handed sixteenth notes throughout the entire drum pattern (RLRL…). The right hand moves down to the snare drum on beat 2, the + of beat 3 and the + of beat 4 in the first bar.

The right hand moves down to the snare drum on beat 2 of the second bar and then both hands move down to the snare, starting on the + of beat 3.

The bass drum is only played on beat 1 of both bars, at the same time as the right hand on the hi-hat.

Verse 2 – Drum Beat Notation

Closer To The Edge Drum Beat Free Drum Lesson Shannon Leto 30 Seconds To Mars

Shannon plays exactly the same drum beat for the second verse except that an extra snare drum is played on the ‘e’ of beat 4 with the left hand during the first bar, just before the right hand plays the snare drum on the + of beat 3.

Have fun with these!

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