The Hi-Hat Foot was written to help drummers develop grooves and a solid foundation of four-way coordination in the rock, funk, and R&B styles. The wide variety of groove exercises help explain and develop coordination in 8th- and 16th-note grooves. Five of the most important left-foot hi-hat patterns are included, as well as timing exercises that involve playing on beats 1 and 3, 2 and 4, quarter notes, eighth notes, and “off” beats. The book is written for the intermediate student, yet accessible to beginners as well.
The included MP3 disc contains demonstrations of many of the exercises, set-up to allow students to play-along. Discussions on the importance of listening to develop musical drumming vocabulary, pedal techniques, posture, how to position the drums and cymbals for the greatest ease in playing, and the importance of playing with music and other musicians are included for a well-rounded approach to playing drumset. A practice chart and extensive guidelines on how to practice are also included.
Author Garey Williams is an active educator and performing artist who has been published and reviewed in Rhythm Magazine, Modern Drummer,Percussive Notes, Fuse Magazine, and Band World. In addition, he has also been featured in numerous international, national and regional publications. He does various freelance recording and performing projects, and performs with his jazz fusion trio, Ecstasy in Numbers. Garey is also a clinician for Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Sabian cymbals, DW Drums, Remo drumheads, and Latin Percussion products.