When buying drumsticks, you need to keep in mind a few main things.
There are a few different common types of material for drumsticks. They all have their different advantages. It all depends on personal preference and what your need is.
- Maple - The most common material for drum sticks. Maple is lighter than hickory, which allows higher thickness without being too heavy. It also plays more quickly, however because it is a softer and lighter wood, it wears down more quickly. This stick is not intended for very intensive playing due to its softness. Maple allows for more sensitivity and lighter playing styles.
- Hickory - Another very common material for drum sticks. This type of wood is a good middle ground between light and heavy wood, but doesn't play as quickly as maple does. On the contrary, hickory is pretty resilient to the shock of a harder hitting drummer, so is recommended for slightly heavier playing. Hickory takes average punishment and is the most versatile of the three wood types.
- Oak - Oak is the heaviest wood option. Naturally, being heavier, means that the sticks can take the most of intensive playing and will last the longest.
- Plastic/Aluminum - Many of these types of sticks provide extra rebound and are very durable. They still offer a comfortable playing experience, and will last a long time.
The length determines how much leverage you want. Shorter sticks provide a shorter reach and less leverage, while longer sticks provide more reach and more leverage. It is finding a middle balance of personal preference that isn't too short, isn't too long, but just right.
Originally the letters and numbers were used to classify different types of music the sticks were intended to play for.
- A - Orchestral playing
- B - Concert bands/marching bands
- S - Street bands
Most manufacturers use this numbering and lettering system, but there are some that have adopted their own.
*The lower the number, the thicker in diameter the stick and vice versa with the higher the number, the thinner diameter of stick.
4. Head Shape/Material
- Oval: Largest overall spectrum of sound
- Teardrop: Warm with focused low tones
- Acorn: Full, rich, supported tone
- Round/Ball: Clean, bright, and crisp
- Barrel: Punchy, loud
Nylon - Long-lasting tip, bright sound
Wood - Full and warm sound
Basically it is all up to you on what you want for what you're playing. If you are not sure, and you do not know, maple or hickory sticks are very good average sticks that last a decent amount of time and still sound good. Unless you are playing professionally, there's no real need to go SUPER in depth on what you want, unless you are a very committed player.
5A is the most common size for most teenagers and adults hands, and hickory and maple are generally the most common material.
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