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Top ten tips for choosing drumsticks


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In this lesson I have listed my TOP TEN TIPS to help the novice, when choosing drumsticks. This is very important as they are the tools of the trade and the right pair of sticks can make all of the difference. A further tip would be to use a heavier pair of drumsticks than normal when warming up, or sometimes when practising rudiments. This will help to develop the wrists and make it easier to play for longer periods of time. It can also help to develop speed. Until next time, happy drumming.

The following information will help you narrow down your options when selecting drumsticks.

  1. Make sure that you buy the best quality that you can afford.
  2. If possible choose a good wood, e.g. Hickory, Oak or Maple.
  3. Decide which weight of stick feels comfortable in your hand, being careful not to choose something too heavy.
  4. Different weights of sticks can work well for different music, e.g. heavy for rock, light for jazz, etc.
  5. Before purchasing, roll the sticks on a flat surface to check that they are straight and that they both give an identical sound, no matter which surface you play upon.
  6. Wood tipped? Nylon tipped? Confused? Nylon will give a brighter sound on your cymbals. Wood tip wears the drum head less. The choice of sound and durability is very personal, so chose what you prefer, bearing the above in mind.
  7. The shape of a tip (or bead) on a stick also makes a difference to the sound, so experiment over a period of time to see which one suits you best.
  8. Talk to other drummers, your drum teacher and dealers to see what they use, sell or recommend.
  9. Drumsticks also come in a variety of colours. Once you have chosen the wood you prefer, and have established that it is of the highest possible quality, then the colour is down to your personal choice.
  10. It is a good idea to purchase a stick bag to keep not only your sticks in, but also brushes, mallets, drum keys, etc. It will keep them safe, all together and in good condition.



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