Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time working on off-beat hi-hat patterns. This pattern is featured in a lot of popular dance and pop tracks as it really drives the song. Off-beat hi-hat patterns usually feature the hi-hat, bass and snare drum. In this instance the beats are not played on all the 8th notes, rather the bass drum is played on ‘1-2-3-4’ with the hi-hat being played on all of the ‘ands.’ This is a great way to get away from the standard conventional beat and add some spice to your groove. It can also be played using the ride cymbal or floor tom in place of the hi-hat. When learning this technique it helps to start out slow as your bass drum and hi-hat are probably used to being played together. This new way of playing with independence may feel a little awkward at first, but it will come through practice and patience. I also like to incorporate hi-hat barking with a quick open-close on each hi-hat beat. Here are some examples produced by the folks at Drumeo:



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