Quarter Note Open Hi Hat Decoration

A guide on how to use open hi hats held for a quarter note to decorate a groove.

This lesson continues from our Offbeat 8th Note Hi hats lesson in which you learned about opening hi hats to 'decorate' a groove. We covered a few exercises on getting your feet working correctly and discussed the concept. In this lesson we are going to switch from the hi hats being on '+' counts to being on the crotchet beats. This time however, the open hi hats will last for a full beat.

There's not a lot of new information you need to achieve this. Like with our last patterns, we can say there are four crotchet beats in a bar so there are four different places we can put our open hi hats. These are listed below with just the hi hat part then an example is shown with a groove added underneath. Make sure the foot is lifted up on the crotchet count, held for the full beat then closed again on the next crotchet count.

Two bars of each example are given to show how the part is played when repeated.


Hi Hat Example 1

The Hi Hat Part for example 1

Hi Hat Example 1 With Groove

The Hi Hat Part for example 1 with groove added in

TASK

  1. Learn the groove above and get a feel for how the open hi hat fits in.
  2. Using the Hi Hat example as a template, create your own groove.

Hi Hat Example 2

The Hi Hat Part for example 1

Hi Hat Example 2 With Groove

The Hi Hat Part for example 1 with groove added in

TASK

  1. Learn the groove above and get a feel for how the open hi hat fits in.
  2. Using the Hi Hat example as a template, create your own groove.

Hi Hat Example 3

The Hi Hat Part for example 1

Hi Hat Example 3 With Groove

The Hi Hat Part for example 1 with groove added in

TASK

  1. Learn the groove above and get a feel for how the open hi hat fits in.
  2. Using the Hi Hat example as a template, create your own groove.

Hi Hat Example 4

The Hi Hat Part for example 1

Hi Hat Example 4 With Groove

The Hi Hat Part for example 1 with groove added in

TASK

  1. Learn the groove above and get a feel for how the open hi hat fits in.
  2. Using the Hi Hat example as a template, create your own groove.

Want to learn more of these grooves? Check out This Lessons which lists ten further groove examples.