Hi, I’m Brodie from Better Music. Today we’re
just going to do a quick tutorial on how to pick some drum sticks. First of all, choosing
the right size for your venue. With a smaller venue, I’d choose something like a 7a, something
like a Manhattan Vater. I use this a lot at jazz gigs, and especially at Church. It’s
thinner stick – I can hit a bit harder, but it’s not as loud. It’s a very nice stick.
It’s hickory, which is quite a popular wood for drum sticks. The next size up, you’re
going to be looking at, for the majority of rock gigs and that sort of thing, would be
like a 5a – something like the American Classic Vic Firth. It has a bigger tip, but it’s a
bit thicker as well, so you’re going to get a louder sound when you’re playing. Another
thing drummers like to do, especially myself, I’ll actually weigh my sticks. Some drummers
prefer a heavier stick in their left hand if they’re a right-handed drummer and you can
hit harder and you’re not going to break the stick as quickly. Another thing to test with
your drum sticks is rolling them across the floor or something. Here I’ve got a really
trashy drum stick – it’s one of our demo sticks – and I don’t know if you can see that, but
it’s got a billion different kinks in it and when you’re playing, you know, you’re not
going to get a straight hit, it’s going to kick back and forth, so it’s a good
idea to roll your sticks as well as weigh them. And the other thing to look at when
you’re getting drum sticks is what sort of sound you want on the cymbals. You’ve got
the plastic tip on the extreme 5Bs, so it’s a little thicker than the 5A but has the plastic
tip. It feels a little bit different when you’re playing on a pad, but the main difference
is on the cymbals, it’s going to be a bit more plasticy, a bit mellower, not as harsh
a sound as the wood tip will give you. The best thing is to come and try a few different
brands, different thicknesses, different tips. So, come into the store, try a few different
sizes, and different tips out, thicknesses and we’ll give you a hand. Hit the subscribe
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21 thoughts on “How to choose the right drum sticks | Better Music

  • November 6, 2015 at 12:34 am
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    where is that store

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  • February 28, 2016 at 11:13 am
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    a clear voice would help when you do your next video

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  • March 1, 2016 at 3:01 am
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    I would say Hickory ( American ) is the wood of choice ,as most quality carpenter hammers ,axe , and hatchet handles are made of hickory. Hickory can take a lot of shock as seen with hammer and axe handles , and will take a lot of beating before breaking. One thing I would look for before buying a pair ,look at the( end grain) of the stick,the part that will be in your hand. What you want is grain ( in the wood ) that the growth is close to one another . In other words some sticks the growth will be wide between the rings ,and that means the tree grew fast and will not be as strong as the stick that has the growth rings close together . Compare a few sticks and you'll see what I mean.  The tighter the growth the better the sticks!     Carpenter Stu.

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  • May 20, 2016 at 6:59 am
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    How much for them

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  • July 11, 2016 at 7:57 am
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    i thought it would be brighter and more attack with nylon

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  • November 28, 2016 at 2:30 pm
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    omg you're in Canberra, should have visited while I was still there!

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  • December 29, 2016 at 9:10 am
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    6 people like curved drum sticks I guess?

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  • August 25, 2017 at 2:26 pm
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    What type of musicians play goodwood drumsticks, is it for rock music?

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  • September 6, 2017 at 3:40 pm
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    Which is the strongest stick ??

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  • September 26, 2017 at 2:12 am
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    uh uh uh uh uh uh uhhhhhh

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  • November 17, 2017 at 4:00 am
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    Am

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  • November 17, 2017 at 4:01 am
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    Quit saying um

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  • December 26, 2017 at 8:27 am
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    He's speaking English and I can't understand a word he says.

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  • December 30, 2017 at 3:52 am
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    make sure that the floor is true first?

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  • March 8, 2018 at 6:58 pm
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    He is really good looking and beautiful(!) !

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  • March 23, 2018 at 6:21 pm
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    I have large hands (think Steve Vai) so 2b size has always been the most comfortable for me and Ive learned to control dynamics by using heavier sticks all the time. Vic firth danny carey sig, thomas lang sig, vater tim alexander model (2b size with sugar maple wood, super light weight and small ball tip)

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  • May 5, 2018 at 3:08 pm
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    its got a billion kinks in it.

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  • October 28, 2018 at 7:58 am
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    Aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam, aam….

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  • December 15, 2018 at 12:30 am
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    Who plays 8d vic firth sticks

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  • February 26, 2019 at 5:00 pm
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    Jeeze. Even on videos like this the comment section is aids

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