Over 40 million years ago man first appeared on Earth. These early cavemen learned how to hunt, to make fire and eventually created the wheel but there was always an internal 'prehistoric' urge inside every caveman, the urge to find two pieces of wood and hit things with them to make as much noise as possible, thus was born into existence the first drummer, and they've been making noise ever since!
Behind every great singer is a great guitarist, and behind every great guitarist is an even greater drummer. To be a great drummer you've got to have the right sticks, but which pair of sticks are the best? Whether it's Rock, Jazz, Metal or Funk there's a drum stick out there for every style. It can be very confusing which sticks are going to be right for the job. So here at PMT House of Drums we thought we'd take a look into choosing the right stick for you.
What makes a great stick? A great drum stick is a combination of things. From feel to taper, length to wood type all these features are key in choosing the right stick for you.
Taper - Taper is the part of the stick where the shoulder (where the taper begins) thins to the tip. A long taper produces flick and flex with a faster response, while a short taper has a slower response with added strength. The length of the taper effects the overall balance of the stick.
Length - The length of the drum stick effects how easily a drummer can reach around the kit. A longer stick will give you more reach around the kit with a faster stick response compared to a shorter stick which will restrict reach but give the drummer more power and strength.
Tip Shape - The tip of the stick is important as it effects the sound made by the cymbal. Different tips work well for different styles.
· Tear Drop - this shaped tip produces a deep, warm cymbal sound. Great for all styles.
· Barrel - this tip produces a wide sound. Great for Rock and Pop
· Small Round - this tip produces a brighter cymbal sound. Great for Jazz and Funk.
· Large Round - this tip produces a "fatter" sound. Great for Rock and Metal
· Nylon - this tip produces the brightest sound and are the most durable. Great for added projection and cymbal definition.
Wood - The type of wood is key to how the drum stick responds. Different wood types also add stick's response and durability.
· Maple is lightest wood used in drum stick manufacturing. It makes the stick very light, easy to control and give a fast response. Although Maple is not as durable as Hickory or Oak due to it's light feel it means drummers can have a larger, thicker stick without the added weight. Light as a feather, great for Jazz/Funk/Pop players.
· Hickory is the most common wood used in manufacturing drum sticks. It makes the stick very rigid and durable allowing for increased attack around the kit. An all round classic!
· Oak is the most durable wood used in drum stick manufacturing. It makes the stick very rigid and extremely durable allowing for increased attack around the kit. A must for drummers who break sticks.
· Birch is the heaviest wood used in drum stick manufacturing. It makes the stick very dense and provides a heavier weight, feel, and durability. Similar to Thor’s hammer but great for control.
There are many different types of drum stick materials but the four main types are the best for all round playing.
Here at PMT House of Drums we have a couple of recommendations of sticks that have been road tested and are ready to go for all types of drumming.
5A drum stick – Classic model, classic weight. The all round feel and balance of this stick works for most drummers. Suited for all playing styles from Rock to Jazz and available from all major stick companies. For drummers who like more reach around the kit the 'Extreme' or 'X' 5A models are the perfect stick.
5B drum stick – Classic model, with a slightly heavier weight than the 5A. The all round feel and balance of this stick works for drummers who like a stick with a heavier feel. Suited for playing styles like Rock, Funk and Metal and available from all major stick companies.
2B drum stick – Classic model, with a slightly heavier weight than the 5B. The all round feel and balance of this stick works for drummers who like a heavier stick with a heavier forward feel. Suited for playing styles like Rock and Metal and available from all major stick companies.
For more information head into your local PMT House of Drums.