Hi-Hat foot technique

Shalaq

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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?
 

BillRayDrums

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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.

~B
 

m

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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.
 

Rob the Drummer

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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.
 

wolfsburg6674

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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...
 

quikstang2

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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.
 

Exzilibus

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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.
 

Animal

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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
 

Beej

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fas-tedz":1pfi2xze said:
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.
 

Rob Crisp

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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.
 

LadyThunder

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m":1x3yvhcq said:
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.
 

break the prism

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i play a heel-toe style on the hi-hat. i get a lot more dynamic contrasts and it allows me to play double bass while opening and closing my hi-hat. a nifty little trick to throw in my repetoire
 
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