Hi-hat notation quickie
Posted 12 February 2012 - 11:57 AM
I've come across a piece of practice music where the hi-hat is sticked every eighth note.
The bass drum and hi-hat foot is alternated every quarter note.
Where the hi-hat foot and hi-hat sticking appear at the same time, should this be played as an open hi-hat?
It would seem logical, but ...
Posted 12 February 2012 - 12:50 PM
If you look at bars 11 - 14. At no point does it show whether to be played with hi-hat or ride, where in other places in the book the same note is differentiated with either H.H. or R.C.
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Posted 12 February 2012 - 01:29 PM
I just tried this on my kit. You do get a slightly different sound hitting the hi hat as you close it, but not a lot. Seems a bit pointless but if as you say this is a practice piece, then presumably it's for independence/co-ordination purposes and it's not really focussed on the sound/musical value ?
Only my 2p worth.
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Posted 03 April 2012 - 04:17 PM
As for the ride cymbal, the line the x is on is dedicated to the hi hat usually. However, different books use different notation methods. It's possible that it could be the ride cymbal. You'd have to find a notation key in the book.
Great responses above, by the way. I enjoy the discussion and seeing people (including me) think about drum notation. The more we discuss and think, the better we become!