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Old 08-09-2012, 07:47 PM
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Default playing an open hi hat stroke with left foot

Hey everyone!

ok so i have seen many drummers play an open hi hat stroke by just using their foot.How?
Whats the technique?
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:00 PM
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I hit the pedal with my heel, beginning the splash and when I come down with my toes that closest the hat.
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:36 PM
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Yeah dude many Jazz drummers do this technique, and although many people don't notice, THE DRUMMERS DO! I'm gonna start getting serious about trying to master this technique, I really like it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoF_ElD8nyI Heres the demonstration video for those who would like to learn it.
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:48 PM
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Devon,
that's a great link! I also like to combine that splash & closed motion - sounds cool (but also practice continuous open splash, too).

Here's an aggressive version at uptempo by JoJo Mayer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXY4fcvM3zI
(explanation beginning at 6.30, and a terrific uptempo beat from 6.59 - this is still one of the coolest grooves I've heard on drums)

ATM (while watching the Olympics) I'm practicing at my mini kit with 2 hihat sets - left foot = 14'', right foot = I've mounted 2 bells as hihats (DIY, I have a total of 16 bells) and experiment with splash sounds on both hihats, or playing controlled patterns between both feet. Not easy... (Depending on the speed, I try to implement heel-toe/constant release and even try doing the swivel motion, haha.)
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Wow that sounds amazing at 7:00!

It all sounds good ...
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:55 PM
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I learned to do this pretty much by accident. The best way I can describe it is as the previous person put it, I come down on the pedal more with my heel, towards the back of the pedal, keeping my toes a little up in the air, and when I want to close the hats I just bring my toes down, when I'm doing it in rapid succession it kinda looks like a rocking motion with my foot.
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I find that just doing a heel-toe motion like you would on a bass pedal works.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:56 AM
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My size 12 doesnt allow my heel to land on any pedal. Anyone work this out with more of a stomp than the heel?? Seems like the whole foot might have to land flat which might take some of the leverage out of the toe hit...
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:21 AM
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Default Re: playing an open hi hat stroke with left foot

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I hit the pedal with my heel, beginning the splash and when I come down with my toes that closest the hat.
eyup.

Just make sure your toes don't smash the shoe stopper if you have one.
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:50 PM
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My size 12 doesnt allow my heel to land on any pedal. Anyone work this out with more of a stomp than the heel?? Seems like the whole foot might have to land flat which might take some of the leverage out of the toe hit...
Since you have bigger feet, striking the ground just behind the pedal with your heel will have the same effect, cause then the ball of your foot will hit the pedal just enough to "splash" the hats together without "chinking" them, then use your toes to close the hats.
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Old 08-14-2012, 06:06 PM
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No tutorial in here, but just a great example of using this in a really musical way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbomBIHotBk
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Old 08-14-2012, 06:50 PM
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Default Re: playing an open hi hat stroke with left foot

Thanks everyone
really helped and thanks to you guys
now i have got the hang of the technique :)
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