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As promised, here's today's FREE LESSON! This is an exercise I developed for my students years ago to help them approach how they can change the "feel" of a groove by altering how they're playing 8ths on their hihat. Start with 2 or 4 bars of each pattern. First play all of the 8ths the same. Now accent the Quarter Notes. Then play accents up the "&'s" (upbeats). Try to use a whipping motion and most of all: stay RELAXED. It's not that easy!