How to choose drum sticks
Drum sticks usually made of wood (beech, oak, maple, hornbeam, hazel, etc.) and some artificial materials (aluminum, polyurethane, carbon fiber, etc.). Sometimes tip make artificial, and the "body" of the drum sticks is made of wood. Currently, due to the high wear resistance have become increasingly popular wooden sticks tipped with nylon.
- the butt is a point of balance
- body wand — section of the grip.
Shoulder (another name for neck) is the tapering part. The length and form of this phase largely influence the behavior and sound of the sticks.
The tip need to strike. Come in different forms. In most cases, made of wood.
How to choose drum sticks?
You need to start with the basics — wood. There are three main types of wood used for making drumsticks:
- Maple is the most lightweight, has excellent flexibility. With chopsticks made from this wood, the musician will be less to feel the punches.
- Walnut is most often used for making drumsticks. Has good flexibility and a high level of energy absorption.
- And finally oak. Drum sticks from this material rarely break, but during the game musician will be a lot more to feel the vibration.
Once you have decided on the wood, you need to choose the right tip. There are two types of tip drum sticks — wood or nylon. The most frequent wooden tips that will be a good choice for many types of games. The only disadvantage of the tree — rapid wear in active play. The ends of the nylon will last you longer. They will also be useful when playing on the plates in the case when you need good rebound and bright sound. When playing on electronic drum set is recommended to buy drum sticks with nylon tip, since the wooden could break and damage the mesh on the pede.
The tips also differ in form. Decided to allocate four types:
- Round — cut sound changes when you play under a different inclination. This is especially good for plates. This type of tips is very popular.
- Cylindrical — provide ambient and open sound.
- Pointed drum sticks give the middle sound of the focus.
- The tips that resemble the form of olives, allow you to control the sound and the area of contact at impact.
The next important parameter is the size of the sticks. Different manufacturers indicate the drumsticks differently. Nevertheless, they are quite similar. There are three categories of sticks:
- 7a is a light and thin drum sticks, designed to produce a soft sound. Is perfect for beginning drummers and jazz music.
- 5A is the most common drum sticks, medium thickness. Well suited for rock music. They can play quietly and loudly.
- 2b/5b is a drum — sticks that allow you to retrieve louder sound. Perfect for hard rock and metal.
The most well-known manufacturers of sticks to play the drum set: Stunner, Ruby, Grip, Zildjian, Ahead, Cooperman, Sabian, Wincent, Tama, Balbex, Lutner, Vater, Pro Mark, and Vic Firth Malletech.