Advanced Opening-Closing Hi-Hats

Easy Drumming That Sounds Hard

Using the opening and closing of the hi-hat throughout a whole song can be a bit overkill at times. You can think of these techniques as embellishments to the main groove or even as subtle drum fills. In this free drum lesson, Jared Falk teaches three advanced and cool sounding patterns, showing you exactly how they can be used as enhancements to the main grooves of songs.

Make sure you go through the free drum lesson “Intermediate Opening-Closing Hi-Hats” before you take on this one. That free drum lesson is designed to have you practicing 8th and 16th note, as well as syncopated hi-hat openings, while performing two-handed 16th note hi-hat drum beats. Taking these free drum lessons in a step-by-step approach will have you learning things in the proper sequence, and most importantly, way faster and accurately.

Once you’re done with this free drum lesson, take everything you’ve learned and apply it to your own drum fills, or any other drum fill featured on this website. We encourage you to start with the free drum lesson “Quarter Note Drum Fills“, and go from there. If you’d rather learn more drum beats with open hi-hat patterns, the free drum lesson “Hi-Hat Barking” is the one you should check out next.


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  • Gonzalo Geraldo says:

    great site!!! its a really great tool for new drummers like me, and why not for everyone. keep working on that. thanks!!!

  • Dino says:

    this site is the bollocks i have learned so much i also just got the drumming system the rudiment and moellor method, its cool keep it up you guys inspire people more thann you realise.

  • Matt Henke says:

    What software do you guys use for the PDF drum notation?


  • Bowy says:

    You should place the RLRLRLRL pattern below each note of the third beat. Helps a lot when playing single stroke roll based patterns.

  • Bowy says:

    Great lesson, took me a while to get the second one right. Keep it up. :}

  • Junnybol says:

    I’m a new drummer and I love this site.
    It’s so amazing how u can play like that.
    I also have the drumming system and this is also a good job guys.

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  • Sandi says:

    Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig peoblem
    I can’t download the sheet music. The site won’t open
    Help!!!! :'(

    • Janado says:

      Hey Sandi,

      I can download the PDF sheet music. Can you be more specific about the issues you’re having? Maybe this way me or another user can help you out.