The Hi-Hat Foot

Garey Williams

Written to help drummers develop grooves and a solid foundation of four-way coordination in the rock, funk, and R&B styles.

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The Hi-Hat Foot was written by Garey Williams to help drummers develop grooves and a solid foundation of four-way coordination in the rock, funk, and R&B styles. The wide variety of groove exercises help explain and develop coordination in 8th- and 16th-note grooves. Five of the most important left-foot hi-hat patterns are included, as well as timing exercises that involve playing on beats 1 and 3, 2 and 4, quarter notes, eighth notes, and “off” beats. The book is written for the intermediate student, yet accessible to beginners as well.

The included audio contains demonstrations of many of the exercises, set-up to allow students to play-along. Discussions on the importance of listening to develop musical drumming vocabulary, pedal techniques, posture, how to position the drums and cymbals for the greatest ease in playing, and the importance of playing with music and other musicians are included for a well-rounded approach to playing drumset. A practice chart and extensive guidelines on how to practice are also included.

Included audio demonstrations on playing the Hi Hat on:

  • • Beats 1 & 3
  • Beats 2 & 4
  • Quarter Notes
  • 8th Notes
  • Off Beats
  • Accented Ride Patterns
  • 15 “Rhythments”
  • Pedal Techniques
  • Tips on Practicing and drum and cymbal set-ups
  • Three complete Ecstasy In Numbers play-along charts: with and without drums
  • Transcriptions of Ecstasy In Numbers grooves and fills

Author Garey Williams is an active educator and performing artist who has been published and reviewed in Rhythm MagazineModern Drummer,Percussive NotesFuse Magazine, and Band World. In addition, he has also been featured in numerous international, national and regional publications. He does various freelance recording and performing projects, and performs with his jazz fusion trio, Ecstasy in Numbers. Garey is also a clinician for Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Sabian cymbals, DW Drums, Remo drumheads, and Latin Percussion products.


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