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“ECM” & “Modern” Feels, Part 5: Freeing the Hi-Hat

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Getting that hi-hat to stop chunking away on 2 & 4 can be challenging. Here’s one of the ways I was able to free my hi-hat…

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Footloose: Heel Up Hi-Hat Technique

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Technique | 1 comment

I got a request for some lessons on hi-hat technique, so I wanted to start with the Heel Up method. I play this one a lot and I’ll show you why, as well as some of the issues you might be having with it and how to correct them.

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The “3” vs. “6” Dilemma: Hi-Hat Patterns

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in Grooves | 0 comments

As we delve into the similarities between 3/4 and 6/8, I want to address some of the popular hi-hat patterns for each so you can make more informed, sophisticated groove choices on the bandstand.

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Jazz Secret #4: Left Hand Hi-Hat Comping

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Technique | 1 comment

Ever see those old masters whip the stick around under the hi-hat and play all this cool stuff? Here are a few of those moves.

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Hi Hat Comping, Part II

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

Here are some tools to develop longer phrases when comping with the hi hat, plus a few one-bar phrases you can start throwing in your bag of tricks

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Hi Hat Comping

Posted by on Aug 24, 2013 in Vocabulary | 1 comment

Richard – one of our members – requested some comping using the hi-hat, which I thought was a great suggestion. I’m a big believer in mixing predetermined exercises AND improvising with just the concept. The first part is mostly based around improvising just based on the first simple – but MUSICAL – concept.

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Jazz Secret #3 – The Hi-Hat

Posted by on Aug 18, 2013 in Technique | 1 comment

While we’d all like to play the hi-hat like Papa Jo and Max and Buddy, and while that takes years, here’s a set of techniques that have all but died with those masters.

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