Would someone help me out with the hi-hat notation here?:

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My theory's a little rusty, I'm thinking it is a foot close of the hi-hat and not a closed strike? I only started learning 6 months ago so it's all new.


The hi-hat is closed (and not hit with a stick - else there'd be a note!) on the first 8th, open (and hit) on the second, etc. There's some ambiguity whether we should hear a pedal hi-hat note on the main beats. If we DID want to hear 'chink tizz chink tizz...' it could have been notated as below. (We don't need the + articulations - after all there's no way to play a pedalled hi-hat note except by closing it!)

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Drum notation has several variants, so it's not straightforward.

Hi-hat is the x just above the stave, and with an 'o' above it's open, with an 'x' or '+' above it's closed.

So, there seems to be hi-hat played open on the 'ands' of each beat. The 'x' marks can't refer to the hi-hat, as there are rests shown for each.

And then the question is 'how much open?' - that's down to personal choice, but with a rest in between each strike, it's going to be nearly closed. Perhaps even an open strike followed by closing it rapidly by foot. For which I don't know another sign...

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    According to Wikipedia the foot pedal strike is below the staff, so, if its applicable to OPs example, those are not pedal strikes like they suggested. – Legorhin Oct 30 '19 at 14:21
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    @Legorhin- I didn't mean merely a foot pedal strike - difficult to describe, but it's an open hit, followed by an immediate close - and it's virtually one sound - or should be! Used in soul music as much as any. – Tim Oct 30 '19 at 14:34
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    I understood that part, you are using the stick in that though, so its not just a "foot close of the hi-hat" like the OP suggested – Legorhin Oct 30 '19 at 14:37
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    @Legorhin - the sign for a foot-closed hi-hat is a cross under the stave, ith the appropriate stem. So it's not that. – Tim Oct 30 '19 at 15:08
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    I said that in the original comment. I think we are just arguing the same thing at this point. – Legorhin Oct 30 '19 at 15:09

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