In this lesson we’re going to concentrate on some beats that run alternating sixteenth-notes on the hi-hat. The kick hits are pretty consistent. The snare hits alternate, in several of these exercises, between the right and left hand. However, the real trickiness comes in when we are opening the hats on left-hand hits (if you're a lefty, then right-hand hits). We tend to lead our cymbal and hi-hat hits with our dominant hand. These beats are designed to break us of that habit and get us to add some flair on the up-beats. Mind the open hi-hat spots!
Matt Byrne bashes for the Grammy-nominated heavy metal/hardcore band Hatebreed. In his spare time he is working on his special ed./elementary ed. teaching degree. http://www.myspace.com/mattbyrnedrummer