Part 3: Hi-Hat Comping in 5/4

Welcome to the third and final part of our lesson on hi-hat comping. This article explores hi-hat rhythm variations in 5/4. The phrases included are intended to help develop dynamic balance between your hi-hat foot and remaining limbs.

A dynamically controlled hi-hat pulse, played in sync with the ride cymbal, can help expand your sound and reinforce the swing feel. In modern music the hi-hat is also used as a melodic texture within a phrase, stressing rhythms and creating syncopations typically reserved for the snare or bass drum.

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