In this lesson we look at all the sticks and mallets a professional drummers stick bag includes. Let's look at sticks first. It's a good idea to have a variety of different stick models to use in different situations. This is a very personal thing, but in any case you will want a selection of sticks that were designed to play soft, all the way through to sticks that were designed to play loud.
Start in the middle with an all purpose stick
like a 5A, you will want at least 2 pairs of this, if this is your
most common stick. For heavier styles you will want something like a
5B, or even a 2B. For lighter playing situations get some 7A sticks.
For delicate and articulate snare drum work get some fine tipped
sticks like Vater Staccato. If you play in a drum line, you may want
some heavier marching sticks also.
Next get some wire brushes for jazz and other softer acoustic playing. If you want the volume of a brush but the articulation closer to a stick, get some rods. It's also a good idea to get some soft mallets for cymbal rolls and tom rolls. If you look at an orchestral percussionists stick bag, it will likely be twice the size, and include many variations of mallets, including: xylophone, marimba, suspended cymbal, glockenspiel, vibraphone etc. This would cost well over $1,000!
EXTRAS: It also a good idea to keep a drum tuning key, a conga tuning key, 2B pencil, white eraser, black permanent marker, business cards, ear plugs, and maybe a screwdriver and stanley knife in the front pouch of your stick bag. These are all just odds and ends, you may find you use at different gigs.
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|How To Hold Your Sticks||How To Control Speeds||Sleishman Pro Series Drums|
|Counting Quarter Notes||Classical Technique Vs Drumkit Technique?||Crescendo & Decrescendo|
|Counting 8th Notes||Drum Notation & Basic Theory||Triplets & Flams Chop Builder|
|Counting 16th Notes||Writing Cheat Sheets||Fast Triplet Drum Fills|
|Counting Triplets||Reading Drum Charts|