Hi-hat step­ping

Jazz hi-hat tech­niques

Rhythm - - DRUM LESSONS - Colin Woolway colin@drum­sense.com

The hi-hat is used in jazz drum­ming more than in any other mu­si­cal genre, prin­ci­pally be­cause of the use of the left foot stepped tech­nique. Jazz drum­mers re­gard the hi-hat as a le­git­i­mate in­stru­ment, rather than just some­thing to keep time with. In the next cou­ple of lessons of Jazz Con­cepts we are go­ing to look at some of the basics of us­ing the hi-hat in this way. Ex­am­ple 1 in this in­stal­ment shows the

stepped hi-hat notes played on count 2 and the off­beat count 3, com­ing down just be­fore count 4. Ex­am­ple 2 turns that phrase around with the hi-hat on the ‘&’ of ‘1’and then on 4’,‘ while Ex­am­ple 3 has the stepped hi-hat on the ‘&’ of ‘1’ and the ‘&’ of 3’.‘

The Prac­tice Chal­lenge is yet an­other com­bi­na­tion with the hi-hat step­ping off the beat of ‘1’ and on the beat of 3’.‘ Try play­ing around with this phrase by mir­ror­ing it with the snare drum, which will pro­vide a good co­or­di­na­tion work­out for the left side of your body. See the video footage (print and iPad only) to hear how cool this sounds!

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