Learn to Play: Single Stick Double Hi-Hat Drum Lesson with Jordan West

After two paradiddle-focused lessons—the first on a paradiddle-esque 6/8 Latin groove and the second on the paradiddle-diddle rudiment—drummer Jordan West is dedicating episode three to teaching players a useful technique for playing 32nd notes on the hi-hat with one hand.

The technique itself is relatively simple. Since it utilizes both ends of the stick, Jordan starts by choking up her grip, both to improve the balance of the stick and to help keep her knuckles from rubbing along the cymbals. She positions her sticking hand high over the hi-hat and explains that mastering this skill comes down to finger control.

Your goal should be to get each hit to sound as consistent as you can—though they're never going to sound perfectly identical. Jordan demonstrates how you can incorporate the snare and kick and turn the hi-hat pattern into a groove once you've mastered it.

Be sure to follow along with Jordan above, and check back next week for the next Drum Lesson with Jordan West right here on Reverb.


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