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Post Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:37 pm

Which technique do you play on the hi-hat?
When I play soft, jazzy or swing tunes I play heel down, because my other leg goes heel down. In rock etc I use heel up to get more power and to get sharper splashes. I also incorporate a lot of heel-toe on the hi-hat to get that "splash-chick" sound and have my hands free to play the ride or toms. What do you guys use?
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Post Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:37 pm

Generally on the bal of my foot (heel up) but I do lots of splashes and stuff. I don't play a double bass pedal so I try and incorporate lots of rhythmic textures on my hi hat when applicable.

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Post Wed Sep 27, 2006 5:18 am

I find that it varies, like with bass pedal technique; depends on what's going on overall. Usually heel-down, but for pumping some fast 8ths (a la Budgie) sometimes I'll lift my whole leg.
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Post Wed Sep 27, 2006 9:22 am

It varies with me. For more control I play with heel down. Sometimes I do a combination with heel up and heel down when I do hat "crashes" with the foot. Anytime I'm not playing directly on the hats, the foot is goin on the hats. As a matter of fact, I feel awkward not using the foot on the hats when I'm riding or anything else.
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Post Wed Sep 27, 2006 11:24 am

im usually on the ball of my foot heel up but lately ive been playing with the arch of my foot on hi-hat and bass...its kinda a balance....im still getting used to it...
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Post Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:57 pm

Since I'm almost always playing double bass I just set it where I want it and leave it alone.

When I'm not doing double bass I'll play heel down (I play everything heel down because my first drum teacher made me and I never broke the habbit). Even then I'm usually just holding the cymbals at a certain distance or closed. I usually only actually play them when I'm counting time in during breaks in the music so everyone in the band knows where we are.
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Post Wed Sep 27, 2006 6:39 pm

I mainly use heel up for regular use.

Other than that I change my technique for whenever I want to play double bass but with open/closed hi-hat stuff on top. I have my hi-hat pedal & slave bass pedal so close that they're almost touching...that way I can control the hi-hat with the ball of my foot and control the slave pedal with the heel of my foot.
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Post Wed Sep 27, 2006 10:22 pm

I play mostly rock, so always heel up, toe down. If i do play very quietly, I may plant the heel.
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Post Thu Sep 28, 2006 6:13 am

Usually I play with my toes (heel up).
I use left leg very actively, as I stamp 8-notes almost all the time while I play. Gives a good reference to a steady beat, I think.

Somtimes I may play heel down, but only to rest the leg ocationally! :P
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Post Sun Jun 24, 2007 7:53 pm

it depends
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Post Mon Jun 25, 2007 12:59 am

i always use heal down though ive never tried heel up on hi hat
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Post Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:08 am

fas-tedz wrote:I play mostly rock, so always heel up, toe down. If i do play very quietly, I may plant the heel.


I couldn't have said it better myself. Agree wholeheartedly.
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Post Mon Jun 25, 2007 6:24 pm

Heel up, always. Not sure why, just a habit I guess
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Post Tue Jun 26, 2007 6:54 am

I mix it up.

Generally I'll play heel up for a decent tight "chick" for keeping time etc. If I want a splash then heel down but sometimes for really aggressive splashing, whole foot just off the pedal and then heel lands first, splashing hats as leg comes down.
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Post Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:29 pm

m wrote:I find that it varies, like with bass pedal technique; depends on what's going on overall. Usually heel-down, but for pumping some fast 8ths (a la Budgie) sometimes I'll lift my whole leg.


I do pretty much the same... I play heel-down mostly, but in the heavier parts i'll lift my whole leg. It definately does help with time.
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