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- Sep 16, 2018
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- Overland Park
My understanding is that Jeff worked extra hard to be able to play fast 16ths because he didn't want the variation in sound from alternating.For example, my band recently learned Georgy Porgy where Porcaro is playing 16ths with one hand on the hats at 96 bpm. I can’t keep it up throughout the whole song yet, so I’m playing 16ths with two hands. Ugg, hate to do it but a boys got to do what he’s got to do….
A tip for playing fast is to not come down with your stick when you close the hi-hat after opening and closing it, provided you throw in some openings and closings. The slight break gives your hand a rest. The left foot "chick" sound alone can yield a cleaner sounding result. That doesn't mean I always adhere to this. I will hit hand and foot together when I play a swing rhythm on the hi-hat, for example.