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