Subdivision Workout - Hi Hat
This is similar to the Subdivision Snare Drum Workout. You will play a simple ostinato* with your bass drum and snare drum while working through the subdivision workout on the hihat. The tempo here is much slower than the snare drum workout because you are playing the entire subdivision with one hand.
Be sure to play this example with a metronome to make sure that you aren't speeding up or slowing down as your hands playing the various rhythms. Once you are comfortable at the above speed, be sure to try different tempos. How fast can you go while maintaining accuracy and comfort? After you are comfortable with right hand lead on the hihat, try switching playing open (with your left hand on the hihat and right hand on the snare).
At any given point as you are playing various grooves and fills you should be able to think and count in these various subdivisions. This allows you to play faster or slower fills while maintaining the tempo of the song.
Be sure to count the snare drum part aloud in the above example:
Quarter Notes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Eighth Notes: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + (one, and, two...)
Eighth Triplets: Trip-a-let,Trip-a-let, Trip-a-let, Trip-a-let
Sixteenth notes: 1 e + a, 2 e + a, 3 e + a, 4 e + a (one, e, and, uh, two...)
Sixteenth Triplets: Trip-a-let Trip-a-let, Trip-a-let Trip-a-let, Trip-a-let Trip-a-let, Trip-a-let Trip-a-let
*An ostinato is a rhythmic phrase that is repeated.