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Old 08-29-2013, 07:59 PM
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Default Re: Hi-Hat Stepping (Lift & Close on every beat)

Have you tried practicing your feet by themselves without the hands? Like iwearnohats said start basic. Just play 1 and 3 with your kick while stepping quarters on the hi hat. Then move to 1 +3... then 1 3+.. etc. Practice both heel up and heel down on your hi hat foot.

Once your comfortable with just the feet. Add in the right hand. Get comfortable with that, then add the back beat.

You don't need to start at an unreasonably slow tempo like 40 bpm imo. Start somewhere comfortable, but manageable (like 80-100) just so you can break those coordination barriers. Once you've freed your feet (and your brain), then perfect it by cutting the tempo down.
"Lay the backbeat home."
-Donny Hathaway

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