Lesson Twenty-Six Hi-Hat Accent Ideas

Lesson Notes

In this lesson, we'll focus on developing a feel for playing accents on the hi-hats. Learning to play accents within the beat will lead to dynamic play on the drums.

We'll start by playing eighth notes on the hi-hats. Accents are played on the quarter notes using the shoulder of the stick.

Then, we'll move on to playing the accents on the "+", while playing the same groove.

We'll continue on by playing 16th notes on the hi-hat, accenting the quarter notes, followed by accents on the "+".

When you become comfortable with this exercise, you can try different snare drum and bass drum arrangements with the same hi-hat accents.

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 should be played with eight notes with accents on the quarter notes, "1", "2", "3", and "4".

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Intermediate Drum Lesson - Hi-Hat Accent Ideas Exercise 1
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Exercise Two

For exercise two, we'll keep everything the same as exercise one, except we'll place the accents on the "+"s.

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Intermediate Drum Lesson - Hi-Hat Accent Ideas Exercise 2
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Exercise Three

For exercise three, we'll play single handed 16th notes on the hi-hats, placing the accents on the quarter notes, "1","2","3", and "4".

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Intermediate Drum Lesson - Hi-Hat Accents Ideas - Exercise 3
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Exercise Four

For exercise four, we'll play the 16th notes on the hi-hats again with a single hand. This time, however, the accents will fall on the "+"s.

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Intermediate Drum Lesson - Hi-Hat Accents - Exercise 4
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Exercise Five

For this exercise, we'll again play 16th notes on the hi-hats. This time, we'll play them hand to hand, with accents on the quarter notes, "1","2","3", and "4".

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Intermediate Drum Lesson - Hi-Hat Accent - Exercise 5
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Exercise Six

For exercise six, we'll play the 16th notes again hand to hand. Accents played on the hi-hats will fall on the "+"s.

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Intermediate Drum Lesson - Hi-Hat Accent Ideas - Exercise 6
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