Beginner Opening-Closing Hi-Hats

Easy Drumming That Sounds Hard

The opening and closing of the hi-hat is a very cool way of enriching drum beats, drum fills, and most important of all, music. These techniques add a whole new world of possibilities and textures to your drumming, while improving your four-way independence at the same time. In this free drum lesson, Jared Falk teaches three beginner drum beats that include the opening and closing of the hi-hat, and explains how to notate these techniques on sheet music. Jared also delves a bit into a couple of approaches for getting different sounds from the opening of the hi-hat.

Before going through this free drum lesson, be sure to check the free drum lesson “How To Count Eighth Notes“. This is the note value used with the drum beats in this free drum lesson. So having a good understanding of 8th notes will help you go through it with greater ease.

Once you’re done with this free drum lesson, you can use these exercises as the foundation for further developing four-way independence and some original material of your own. You can do so by keeping the hand pattern for each drum beat exactly like notated, while using bass drum patterns from the different exercises found on this website. We encourage you to start working on this by using the exercises from the free drum lesson “Developing Groove On The Drums.”

If you’d like to explore new ideas on how to use the opening and closing of the hi-hat for creating cool sounding patterns, we encourage you to check the free drum lesson “Intermediate Opening-Closing Hi-Hats“.




  • Isaac says:

    We were wondering the same thing. We know she and Alex have been down in Florida now iansetd of Los Angeles so maybe she picked up something down there and the Prius is at home in LA? Either way, we agree that the weightlifting might need to be toned down a little!

  • Kyle says:

    We were wondering the same thing. We know she and Alex have been down in Florida now iansetd of Los Angeles so maybe she picked up something down there and the Prius is at home in LA? Either way, we agree that the weightlifting might need to be toned down a little!

  • Den Mac says:

    Years ago I posted a question whether my hat technique was ‘wrong’ -I’d love a reply! 😉

    Basically I loosen the clutch completely; I rest the small weight of my left foot on the pedal & the rod lowers slightly then I tighten the clutch.

    I find that this works for me but I can’t do those jazzy hat splashes with my left foot -no matter, I rarely find a use for that sound, myself…

    Should I start trying to be, well, NORMAL..?
    -Denis from Liverpool/UK

  • Toshiaki says:

    Vokhjuyn,chnayadz nakhndrum em asel Barev DzezQo Yekamuty Internetum Dprocy,mi baraick yerevuyt er ays jamanakahatvazum,bari bun imastov.shnorhakalutyun em haytnum bolor ayd mardkanc ,lini gaghabari,kazmakerpchakan kam matucman arumov voronq iskapes nvirvadz mshakel en u matucum en ayd ameny inch vstahutyun knershnji apagayi handep.Hajoghutyun em tcankanum bolorin.

  • hey bro, you are too gbaski but am finding it difficult to download your video. Pls send me link. SAMMY-TEE FROM NIGERIA. says:

    [email protected]

    • Alex says:

      Posted on Haha, Sarah, you’re hilarious and I love it! Honestly, it doesn’t even mtetar that they leave my name out when all the cool kids on the internet mention me! We know who has more street cred!XOXOFelicia

    • Marve X says:

      You could use clipconverter.cc to download the video if you wish to go back to it for reviews. It helps

  • Emili says:

    Spanish PLEASE!!!

  • polite says:

    i’m a beginner drummer but im already enjoying all your lessons

  • Alfredo says:

    Thanks a lot! Your videos are awesome, I’m learning a lot
    thanks again!

    • Valeria says:

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  • Peter says:

    Thanks Jared for this video, it helped me out a lot! I watch all your videos and use them to help me get better on drumming techniques.

  • Kieran says:

    Thanks Jared. This has really helped me to start getting better four way independence. My feet are leaving the pedals on notes when the bass drum is played and when I close the hi-hat. Is this normal for a beginner and what should I do about it?

    Peace from NZ.

  • Julchit says:

    Hi Jared, i love your videos, they are really helpful. can i get the drum notes? i stay in Nigeria and well over here, it’s kinda tough to see a girl drumming. 🙂 thanks

  • Victor says:

    hey jared,
    at another video i asked you to please make a lesson with lots of hi-hat changing (open-Closed)
    if you did this by my request,
    i want to thank you so so much!
    Peace From Holland!

  • holorunphemmy barnabas says:

    am having troubles watching the videos of the lessons as i cant download it too pls send me alink to download the lesson i stay in nigeria

  • Mhegs says:

    thanks i need this

  • Brenton says:

    hi there i am Brenton from albania, im 20 … i’m here with my friend and professor Ermir … he presented me to this web page …. he is sorry he cannot speak english but he is a gereat fan of yours and follous your lessons allways.
    actually he is 38 and he was part of the best Albanian rock-band ever watch him : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTgrO6bPE4Y … and … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj-OmnSSzvE
    please reply him he is your follouer and he wants to get in touch with you.
    See you

  • JW Lee says:

    I needed this, thanks!

  • aaron says:

    hi, i just got my first kit im an out-right learner, im a left hander how does that change my set up?

    • Tom says:

      Your kit will be mirrored. You’ll have your left leg on the Bass, right leg on the Hi Hats and the toms going from right to left in descending order 🙂 But you can play with whatever you’re comfortable with. Play around with your kits structures, if things are in reach and feel comfortable then go for it 🙂

  • Claude says:

    Jared that was excellent as usual. But the thing at the end – where you were playing wild and awesome – I loved it. Where can we hear your playing with a band? (Sorry for going off topic)

  • joseph says:

    do you know how much i wish i could have seen this last year when i was trying to learn elvis songs -____- it was great tho im sure others will love it 🙂

  • Prince says:

    Hi Jared..

    I pretty much thank you for spending lot of time on making this video lessons….God bless you ..

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