Choosing drum sticks (Buying Guide)

Choosing the right drum sticks is an important consideration for any drummer, as the sticks can make a huge difference to the sound and feel of your performance. There are a wide range of drum sticks available from leading brands, so it can be difficult to know which type is best for you. It is important to consider a few factors when selecting the right stick. 

Most popular drum sticks 

The most popular manufactured type of drum sticks are by Vic Firth, one of the leading brands in the industry. Their classic range offers a variety of sizes, shapes, and materials to suit different playing styles. The most popular classic sticks are the 5A and 7A, which are ideal for general use. For jazz and Latin music, the classic 5B and 7B are a better choice. If you are playing heavier music, such as metal and punk, then the 5B and 7B Xtra-Thick sticks are ideal. 

When selecting drum sticks, it is important to consider the material and size. Wooden sticks are the most popular choice, but there are also sticks made from aluminium, bamboo, and nylon. Each material offers a different feel and sound, so it is important to select the one that is most suited to your playing style. The size of the stick is also important; larger sticks are great for heavier styles, while smaller sticks are better for lighter, more complex styles. 

It is important to select drum sticks that are comfortable to hold and play with. The grips are key here, and some brands offer special ergonomic designs that are designed to reduce fatigue when playing. When it comes to selecting drum sticks, it is important to try out a few different varieties to find the one that feels best. Leading brands such as Vic Firth offer a great range, so you can find the perfect stick for your style.

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