by Denny Kinne
In exercises 7 and 8 we have two accents where the hi-hat remains open for one full beat. Note also, the bass drum’s reinforcement of the hi-hat accents in each exercise. In example 7 the hi-hat opens on the count of 2 and closes on the count of 3. The stick strikes the hi-hat cymbals in open position on the counts of 2 AN.
Example 8 utilizes the same principle on the counts of 4 AN.
These are only a few of the most commonly used open hi-hat variations. There are literally hundreds of other possible combinations. Experiment, and see how many original ideas you can come up with.All of the above practice material was reprinted from “Rock Socks” — A Study for Hi Hats in Rock Drumming, by permission of author Denny Kinne.