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In this lesson we will look at the hihat gliss. Otherwise known as a hihat bark, the hihat gliss is the sound of the top hihat hitting the bottom hihat for a particular time value, perhaps an 8th note, 16th note or triplet. With the hihat gliss you achieve the sound by hitting the edge of the hihats with the shoulder of the stick, this gives you a clear a defined sound, without having to hit the hihats too hard.

The hihat gliss is different from hihat stirring. With stirring you are still hitting the top hihat into the bottom one, but the key difference is that you're playing on the tops of the hihats with the tips of the sticks, generally. Because you're using the stick tips you can play many notes and busy patterns and still get all the articulation of each note.

With the hihat gliss you're generally playing on the edge of the hihats, and usually in single hits. See the above video for an example of the hihat gliss in a rock context.

As you can see below, the hihat gliss is usually indicated with an open note head, as opposed to the X note head for closed hihats.




Quarter Note Rock Beats Linear Beats 1 Grooving On 2 Snares
8th Note Rock Beats Linear Beats 2 7/4 Beats
Busier Rock Beats The Funky Cowbell Beat 7 Stroke Roll Hihat Grooves
Bass Doubles In Beats Paradiddles In Beats Half Time Shuffle
Rock Shuffle Tasty Linear Drum Rhythms Fast Bass Drums
Hihat Gliss Adding The Left Hand Hihat Ghost Notes 1
Cross Sticking Expanding Drum Beats 1 Ghost Notes 2
Cymbal Choking Expanding Drum Beats 2