Yep...if I were forced to choose, I'd give up the ride before the hats. They have way more dynamic and sonic possibilities (endless, really.)
I could live on snare, kick and hats, alone...if the world ever became such a cruel and unusual place.
Here is Boise a couple of years ago an African music and dance group came and their drummer played without a ride cymbal.
Do you know who they were? I wonder if it was remnants of the band I was playing in the past few months? I might know some of these guys.
Thank you for acknowledging this was an 11-year-old thread! I wish everyone who dug up old threads would do the same.I don’t know if anyone will reply here, since this was 11 years ago…
I may not be an accomplished drummer, as I am young, but I know of an accomplished drummer who plays without hi-hats - Brian Chippendale of the band Lightning Bolt. His drumkit is set up with a ride and crash on the right side, two rack toms, and snare. His floor tom is on the left side where his hi-hat is, and he uses his left foot (in absence of the hi-hat) for effects pedals (Brian is also the lead singer of Lightning Bolt, he wears a mask to obscure his face with a mic attached to it) to modulate his voice. All the notes he uses a cymbal on are the ride or crash.
Check out songs like Dream Genie, Dead Cowboy, or The Metal East for good examples.