BY GIL SHARONE | FROM THE WINTER 2018 ISSUE OF DRUM!
Here we have a hi-hat variation made popular by reggae legends Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace and Carlton “Santa” Davis. This is a deceivingly simple pattern that will challenge your coordination and independence. You need to keep your hi-hat foot active to pull this pattern off and make sure not to lose the swing of the feel. Check out the song “Old Marcus Garvey” by Burning Spear for a perfect example of this technique.
Gil Sharone is the current drummer for Marilyn Manson and Stolen Babies, and the former drummer of Dillinger Escape Plan and Pucifer. He has had a lifelong love of Jamaican styles and has played with Fishbone, Dave Wakeling, and reggae Grammy winners Morgan Heritage and Slightly Stoopid. His DVD/book Wicked Beats covers Jamaican ska, rocksteady, and reggae drumming.