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Drumsticks patterns and colors

Drumsticks patterns and colors

Drumstick Selection : Selection Guide

Choosing Your Drumstick Model

Every drumstick’s performance (sound, response, strength, control, power) is influenced by the type and consistency of the materials used as well as the specific combination of the elements that make up the design: the body, the neck/taper and the tip.


First find a stick that’s comfortable in your hands— not too big, not too small— just right! Then determine the volume and technical requirements of the type of music you’re playing.  Are you playing in a jazz trio or a big band? A rock band or a marching band? A percussion ensemble or a symphony orchestra? The proper stick for each situation will differ.


The 7A is a great stick for beginning players with small hands, and most players prefer a 5A or 5B, but don’t hesitate to try a different model from time to time; especially if you’re a young player. Your hands change as you get older and your technique improves as you progress.


Some players carry a variety of sticks for different situations; others find the one model they like to cover all their playing.

Stick Selection Suggestions

  1. Compare how the differences in design effect your level of comfort and control by playing a variety of snare drum and drumset patterns with 3 different pair of similar diameter but different length sticks, 3 different pair of similar length but different diameter sticks and 3 different pair of light, medium and heavy sticks of one individual model.
  2. Compare the responsiveness and power of a long taper/thin neck sticks to one with a short taper and thick neck by playing a series of single and double strokes and diddles.
  3. Compare the tone quality and definition of different types of tips by playing a variety of swing, latin and rock patterns on a ride cymbal using sticks with different tips.
  4. Match your potential sticks to ones you know and like, not to one another. Hang on to a favorite pair and take them with you when you buy new sticks so that you have a good point of comparison.
  5. Roll the sticks to check for warpage but also check for tightness and uniformity of grain as these are excellent indicators of a stick’s durability.