Hi Hat Height: What's Your Preference?

How high do you prefer to have your hi-hats at?

  • Same as the snare drum hoop

  • Just above the snare drum hoop

  • At my hand height, about 4" above the snare hoop

  • At the height of my belly button

  • At the lower section of my rib cage

  • At the height of my sternum

  • At the height of my shoulders

  • At the height of my eyes

  • At the height of the top of my head

  • Next to the OH mics


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About this. Not too high and not too low
 

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Since I paly open handed, my hats are about an inch above the snare. Peace and goodwill.
 
Since raising my hats from 4" above my snare hoop to the height of my sternum (just above elbow height), I've noticed my hands are much less restricted. My left hand feels more freedom, especially for doing double and triple notes while playing the hats. I've noticed I'm louder, too, without resorting to rimshots. Playing the hats with the shoulder of the stick sounds and feels fuller, chunkier and I'm more consistent in sound note to note. Playing "swipes" on the hats with my left hand will require more practice, but it's not as awkward as I thought it would be. Playing two-handed 16th notes with just the tips of the drumsticks feels a little awkward but I'm hoping I'll get used to it.
Consider experimenting with your setup.

I put my hats on a DW Remote HH stand attached to my snare. The hats are directly opposite of where I sit...so no limb crossover required. its amazing how much adjustment for limb crossover I used to do.
 
Consider experimenting with your setup.

I put my hats on a DW Remote HH stand attached to my snare. The hats are directly opposite of where I sit...so no limb crossover required. its amazing how much adjustment for limb crossover I used to do.
I used a remote hat in the 12 o'clock position for a year or two. I did it to break old habit. With my hats higher, but still on the stand, they feel more free. The only downside (if any) is I'm louder due to higher hand height while playing.
 
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