I haven’t noticed any “How-To” threads on drums on the forum. Perhaps now is a good time to start having them. A very important effect on drumkit is what many call the “shoop”, which seems as good a term as any for the effect produced when striking an open hi-hat then closing it – to make, well, a “shoop” sound. It really took off in the disco era, and it has remained popular. It occurs many times in the following performance by the Bee Gees of their masterpiece “Islands In The Stream”. In case I haven’t made clear what I mean, there is one shoop at 0.16 on the video time-counter, another at 0.34 . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nvR_7mJtMk In this tune, the shoop starts on the and-stroke of 4 and ends on the 1 stroke in the next bar. One point that interests me is that a lot of tutorial material on this effect shows the drummer striking the top hi-hat cymbal not only when it is up, but also at the point when the hats close. I myself play only the first of those strokes, with the hats open, and I allow the shoop-sound to be completed by the closing of the cymbals together. I do not play a stick-stroke on the 1. I just wondered how others do this, and whether they see pros and cons of which I haven’t thought. Enjoy the Bee Gees!