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Hi-Hat Fills? Why Not!?

This lesson strays from the common application of drum fills where toms and snare strokes are at the heart of the fill. By placing an emphasis on the hi-hat, a more subtle (but often effective) drum fill can emerge.

Drum Fill and Beat Techniques from Run

This drum lesson explores a couple of drum fills and grooves from the song Run by Foo Fighters, as well as some ways to incorporate the techniques into your own playing.

Finding Your Hi-Hat Pulse

Learning to play new drum beats is a lot of fun and very rewarding. Many beginner to intermediate level drummers tend to play new drum beats at face value without further exploring ways to add their own personal touch to make the beat feel the way it needs to in order to meet their given situations.

Hi-hat Technique from Sultans of Swing

This upbeat rock beat uses an open hi-hat technique to lift the second bar of the repeat.

Disco Hats – Drum Beat

Learn this disco-esque drum beat that borrows some of the hi-hat techniques and snare pattern used in the song Le Freak by Chic.

Techniques From Ride by Twenty One Pilots

Learn a 32nd note hi-hat technique used in the song Ride by Twenty One Pilots.

Hi-Hat Technique – I Need a Dollar

Learn a syncopated, open hi-hat technique used in the song I Need a Dollar by Aloe Blacc.

Walk This Way – Aerosmith

This funky groove paves the way for Aerosmith's classic hit 'Walk This Way' from their 1975 album, Toys in the Attic.

Three Dog Night Grooves – Hi-Hat Technique

Learn the grooves and hi-hat technique used throughout the first chorus of Mama Told Me Not To Come.

Double Hi-Hat Technique

This lesson focuses on playing the hi-hat with both the stick and the foot pedal at the same time, a technique that Chad Smith often uses.

Double Hi-Hat Technique – PDF

Funk drumming has a unique feel which often emphasizes the syncopated “Es” and “Ahs” in grooves and fills. The beats below use the double hi-hat technique, and beat #s 2 – 6 use an open hi-hat stick stroke.

Hat This Way

Borrowing from the classic and instantly recognizable intro groove from Walk The Way by Aerosmith, this lesson focuses on the concept of playing the open hi-hat on beat 1 of the groove.

Hat This Way – PDF

This sheet music accompanies Nate Brown's video drum lesson incorporating the open hi-hat technique from Walk This Way by Aerosmith into some cool drum beats and drum fill applications.

Accents On The Hi Hat Workout

In this week's lesson we have got a nice little exercise for those of you looking to practice and play accents on the hi hat. We will start off with a basic 16th note drum beat and shift the accent along by a single 16th note every other bar. This is a great way for training your weaker hand to play dynamically and independently.

Accents On The Hi Hat Workout – PDF

Alex brings us some accented hi-hat patterns to put a little spice on your sixteenth-note hi-hat beats. Be sure to check out the accompanying video lesson for video explanations and samples.