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    are there any cons to playing the hi hat with your left hand? (I'm right handed). It's more comfortable for me...I rarely cross-over with my right hand for the hi hat.

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    The ability to cross over will help you further down the road with speed and when you are doing rolls and such. F/T

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    It's called playing open-handed, and lots of people do it.
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    All Lefty drummers switch everything (Trust me. I'm a righty and I've played a lefty set). Like everything's on the other side.
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    justinsm, Carter Beauford plays open-handed, and Dennis Chambers plays open-handed at times. If it's comfortable to play open-handed, go ahead and play that way. You will have to overcome challenges because of that style, but challenges come with any "style." Why not learn to play open-handed, and cross-handed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pastor_bob View Post
    Why not learn to play open-handed, and cross-handed?
    Exactly. This would make you incredibly versatile in terms of being able to play anyone's kit, whether they're a righty or a lefty. For me, I unfortunately only learned cross-handed, and since I'm a lefty I have to switch around a kit in order to play it most of the time (unless it's mine )
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    yeah i try to 'cross over' as much as I can, and its not a problem for me to play like that; I'm fine playing either way, 'open-handed' as you've called it is just more comfortable for me I guess.

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    Dito to other comments. Also being able to play open hand will allow you to play over toms easier while keeping time with the hats.

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    Openhanded is a skill normally hard learned, your lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cant Get Enough View Post
    Openhanded is a skill normally hard learned, your lucky.
    I tried this after seeing something on utube, it was very tough to do..
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    Quote Originally Posted by markthechuck View Post
    I tried this after seeing something on utube, it was very tough to do..
    Yep. I struggle when I try it. There are one or two songs I play that require it, so I've learned it for those songs, but no so much as a separate skill. I am envious.
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    I play both depending on the situation, often times I will ride on the bell or the ride or a cowbell with the right hand and play on the hat with the left. It would certainly be beneficial to learn and practice both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cant Get Enough View Post
    Openhanded is a skill normally hard learned, your lucky.
    I agree with CGE.........most people find it aukward and have trouble learning how to play that way. Consider it a gift and work with it.
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    awesome. thanks for the replies everyone. i knew that it was more comfortable open-handed, and that there were bound to be something else that I would need to work on...I guess for me its to work on cross-handed playing

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    I am a cross-over player and wish I can be just as comfortable playing open-handed sometimes. So, I see it as an advantage. Go for it !

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    See Cobham, Billy ('nuff said).


    I was learning a new song the other day and wanted to keep the 1/16th notes going on the HH and add 1/4 notes on the bell of the ride (it was a slower tempo song). It was so easy and natural. I thought my right foot would suffer from the redirect of the brain functions but it remained solid.

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    I am left handed and play right-handed, left-handed, and open handed and switch frequently between them during live shows. It is all about comfort and practice. Find what comes naturally and then practice it.
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    Simon Phillips does as well.
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    I'm strongly right handed but due to an injury my right foot (the bass foot) is slow so I reversed my kit so my left foot drives the bass. I play hats with my right hand and snare with left as if open (same hands as crossed). Toms run right to left i.e. 8, 10, 12, 16 so fills work the same but reversed. The only draw back is the speed lost from crossed hat to mounted tom but that worked itself out. God, I hope that makes sense.

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