Lesson Twenty-Seven Accenting Hi-Hat Play

Lesson Notes

Developing the ability to play controlled accents is a skill every drummer needs to have.

In this lesson, we'll continue our look at playing controlled accents on the hi-hats. (You can pick up the first part here.)

We'll play the same groove with 16th notes, but with six different hi-hat accent patterns. For each exercise, we'll mix up the beats in which the accents are played.

In exercise one, we'll play the accents on the "E"s.

In exercise two, we'll play the accents on the "A"s.

For exercise three, we'll play the accents on both "1" and "E".

In exercise four, we'll play the accents on "E" and "+".

We'll play the accents on the "+" and the "A" in exercise five.

And in exercise six, we'll play the accents on the "1" and the "A".

Exercise One

In exercise one, we'll play the bass drum on "1", the second "A", "3", and the last "E". The snare drum will be played on "2" and "4". The hi-hats will be played with 16th notes with the accents played on the "E"s.

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Playing Hi-Hat Accents Exercise 1
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Exercise Two

For exercise two, we'll continue playing 16th notes. The bass drum and snare will be played on the same beats. The hi-hat accents will be played on "A"s.

Here's a look at this beat...
Playing Hi-Hat Accents Exercise 2
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Exercise Three

For exercise three, the accents played on the hi-hats will fall on "1" and "E".

Here's a look at this beat...
Playing Hi-Hat Accents Exercise 3
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Exercise Four

In exercise four, we'll play the hi-hat accents on "E" and "+".

Here's a look at the beat...
Playing Hi-Hat Accents Exercise 4
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Exercise Five

In exercise five, we'll play the accents on "+" and "A".

Here's a look at the beat...
Playing Hi-Hat Accents Exercise 5
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Exercise Six

And lastly, in exercise six, we'll play the accents on "1" and "A".

Here's a look at the beat...
Playing accents on the hi-hats Exercise 6
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