Groove Of The Week #47

Here’s Groove Of The Week #47:

We’re keeping things simple this week. We’re taking a common groove and just adding some open hi-hats to it to make it sound funkier. Let’s get to learning!

Get The Groove

Let’s start of with the basic groove we’re changing up:

The Basic Groove
Your Basic Groove

This groove has been featured in many songs and is one of my favourites to play. However, we’re going to augment it with open hi-hats to create a new groove.

You most often hear open hi-hats on the off-beats, and most commonly on the “&” of four. However, they can be played on the beat also to great effect. Check out these songs to hear the open hi-hat being played on the beat:

  • Walk This Way – Aerosmith
  • Umbrella – Rihanna
  • The Man Who Can’t Be Moved – The Script
  • You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi
  • Squib Cakes – Tower Of Power.

Here’s our groove modified to include the open hi-hat:

The Full Groove
The Full Groove

If you’re not comfortable putting the hi-hat on the beat then this may feel strange to you at first. As always, when you’re playing open hi-hats, try to make them sound the same and last for the same duration. Focus on closing the hi-hat together with the right hand on the “&” of 3 and the “&” of 4.

Taking It Further

Once you get comfortable playing the open hi-hat on beats 3 and 4, try adding it to other beats. Here’s some examples:

Changing the groove.
Change It Up

Our first two variations are very common 8th note rock beats. The final variation features a 16th note bass drum on the “ah” of 3; this might cause some co-ordination issues. Take it slow until you can make it sound good.

I hope you’ve enjoyed Groove Of The Week #47. If you’re in Singapore and you’d like a free trial drum lesson, send us a message on the contact us page.