Well, the logic to not crossing one’s hands is pretty clear. You’ll never knock your hands together as you do when you cross one hand over the other to play the hi-hat, and you have options galore to play every drum on your kit. I believe in options.
The struggle comes from the fact that making the switch to completely play open-handed means a lot of work.
I can play open, but I feel more comfortable crossed, because that’s what I’ve done most of the time for many years.
So, I’ve been dipping my toes in the water on this. I want to be able to play open when I choose. And the choice is a matter of incorporating toms into grooves. When I want to add toms to my grooves and maintain the hi-hat ostinato, I work things out with open-handed playing.
In my experiments, I’ve come up with a few grooves that I really like. This is one of them.
To play this groove, you need to play the hi-hat with your left hand if you are a right-handed player, and vica versa if you are a lefty.
Here’s the PDF: nasty groove 3