i worked at the Larrivee guitar factory for 6 months around 2002 or so... every task is reduced to its basic form, and you're expected to do that "X" number of times a day
i was a side bender, and on good days i'd get 60-70 pairs, but usually averaged in the high 50s
once i was there a month...
better yet, play along to this with ONLY your hihat foot, with the knowledge that Rick would lock you in the cargo bay if you messed the feel even ONCE
don't play the breaks, just keep chugging through, with no pauses, delays or hesitations
you'll know if you got it
to me, it sounds like your hihat arm is subdividing, and all your other limbs are trying to follow
maybe try a "more cowbell" approach, with the left hihat foot leading... it'll focus on your balance, and driving from your legs
better still, practice ALL you beats with an upbeat hihat foot
i imagine if you tried to sell it later, you'd have an easier time moving it as a drum in "immaculate condition" versus all the crap from people trying to degrade what it means to be "new"
if you work in retail... you know
For me, it was climbing into a van to begin a cross country tour, two months before turning 30; it was a big deal at the time, as i started playing late and most bands i ever got into never lasted more than 10 gigs… or even 4
a lever-glide style hihat stand would help greatly, as the amount of force required to play a foot note is reduced by about 2/3rds... so the focus switches to a "dexterity" thing rather than a "strength" thing
also, make sure those risers are made of a non-absorbent material, as eventually water can wick up to your gear
a slow leak near a fiber case can lead to extreme mold growth that you won't even know exists until you open the case
luckily for me, inside the case was just another drum bag, but...
you could also try a 12-mil batter head, which adds a bit of low end
OR, just let it sit for a week, and try it again... sometimes heads "settle down" once they have had a chance to conform to their new shape
lucky for you, i've had a reverse situation where the Pearl coffin lugs i was going to transplant on a drum were all different
outwardly, they all look the same, but closer inspection of their corners, curves, borders and hole spacing revealed that there are probably seven or eight different...