Difficulty LevelThis video is about a cool idea I’ve seen Gavin Harrison and Danny Carey demonstrate at clinics and on video. These drummers are able to play odd grouped Hi-Hat ostinatos over the top of even metered grooves.

This creates a polyrhythm between the Hi-Hat and the Snare and Bass drum where it sounds like the Hi-Hat is playing one rhythm while the Snare and Bass play another.

In this video I’ll show you exactly how to construct a certain type of polyrhythmic groove and hopefully give you some new and exciting ideas to work on.

The written notation for each example will be appearing at the bottom of the screen as I play.

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Polyrhythmic Hi-Hat Ostinato (Every Third Sixteenth)

Polyrhythmic Hi-Hat Ostinato (Every Third Sixteenth)



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