In this free drum lesson I’ll be showing you how to play the triplet style chorus drum groove from the song “The Kill” 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.
“The Kill” Chorus Drum Beat (30 Seconds To Mars)
View the video on YouTube HERE – Learn How To Play Drums Song The Kill Video Drum Lesson (30 Seconds To Mars & Shannon Leto)
Drum Beat Notation
The time signature for this drum groove is 12/8. This simply means that there are 12 eighth notes in the bar. Shannon plays the crash cymbal with his right hand on all 12 of those eighth notes. These are counted 123123123123 etc.
The bass drum is played on beat 1, the + of beat 2 and the + of beat 3. All bass drum notes that fall on the + are played in between the right hand crash cymbals. The third block of three notes has the same bass drum pattern.
The second block of three notes has two snare drums played in a row followed by a bass drum. All three are played at the same time as the right hand.
The last block of three notes has a snare drum on the 1st and 3rd beat. The two bass drums are played on beat 2 and the + of beat 2. It feels like your bass drum is leading into the snare drum on beat 3.