Thirty Seconds On The Hats

Let’s practice applying special hi-hat patterns using thirty-second-notes. In these exercises, the thirty-second-note roll between the hi-hat and snare drum is executed more than once in each beat. It’s important to be able to play these exercises slow and solid, and really develop a deep pocket before increasing your tempo. Otherwise, the thirty-second-note double strokes will become muddled and weak. Once again, it’s okay to experiment with opening the hi-hat on some of the eighth-notes and ghost-noting/accenting some of the double strokes to create a different feel for each beat.

Matt Byrne July 2011