Jazz hi-hat techniques
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!