Always wished I was taught drums playing open handed, keeping time with the left hand on the hi-hat leaving much more space for a nice strong backbeat! it just makes more sense, no? Stewart — is a lefty playing a righty set up which gives him a huge edvantage using this open handed approach.. ? ladies and gentleman: Stewart Copeland.
Despite being left-handed, Copeland plays the drums right-handed, with the hi-hats on his left and ride cymbal and floor toms on his right. He played his snare drum in a very peculiar way: from big booming hits to jazzy counter-tempo to soft beating on the ridge. During his years with the Police, he became known for engaging only the hi-hat with bass drum to keep the beat on many Police tracks. Copeland is a master of the syncopated beat, and his distinct approach consolidates his position as an important drummer on the world stage, subsequently influencing generations of drummers.
Here’s my take on Copeland 🙂