What types of drum sticks should I use according to my favorite music genre?Need to know
Chris Adler in person asks you: Learn immediately how to differentiate between the types of sticks! So at least you can hunt something else on the fly when your drummers talk about their precious wooden tools. They’re not all the same, they’re not all the same size, these are the categories that exist, all of them clearly explained by our partner Ruben.
Before beginning, clarify that this is an American system that classifies the drumsticks in a wider range than the one we are going to detail today (7A, 8D, 5A, 5B, F1, 3A, 2B, …). The rule is simple: the smaller the number and the larger the letter, the thicker the stick. That said, let’s move on to what is one of the most common among drummers, 7A. Low weight, very thin, ideal for playing not very strong styles like salsa or cumbia. Perfect for fast styles but with little adherence.
The “standard drumstick” or better said the most requested, also the one we usually advise beginners. It is a stick with a little more weight, a better response. Ideal for pop, rock, metal,…
Of the best-selling trio of solid wood (7A, 5A and 5B), the latter is the most consistent in hands. If you don’t want to force yourself but have a punch for playing metal or hard rock, this is the essential choice.
Nylon Walking Sticks Nylon Tip Drum
In this case, instead of changing the numbers, we change the materials. In this case, we include in the list those that are improved with a nylon tip. The difference is that when touching the plates we will feel a different tone, besides not scratching them. The best option to play electronic drums.
Walking Sticks Carbon Drum
And as we show you different materials, in this case, we are talking about drumsticks made entirely of non-wood materials, as the title of this category of drumsticks indicates, we have carbon fibre drumsticks. What are carbon drumsticks for? To have more control, lighter but above all more durability. The feel and the sensation in the hand are very similar to those of wood.
At last, we have the tools that those who enjoy the sandy sound typical of a suspenseful environment will love. We are talking about brushes, very soft styles where we will look for subtlety, jazz, soul. It gives us a very different sound. A different technique is necessary for these also called drum nibs.
Written by Michael Adams
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