The choice of drum sticks is a thing that accompanies drummers for many years, and they vary according to the genre, the drum set, the place where you play, the age and the personal moment.
The offer is really very wide and is distinguished by a series of factors such as, wood, length, heaviness, tip, balance, etc. which have a decisive influence on the product stamp.
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“There are no universal wands”
Length: The standard length ranges from 385 mm (15.1 “) to 415 mm (16.3”). Longer or shorter sticks are not suitable for our muscular system and there would be problems with use and rebound.
Thickness: It is the characteristic that immediately catches the eye. The higher the number, the thinner the sticks, although depending on the different brands we can have variations.
The 7As are the thinnest and lightest, used primarily by students at the beginning, especially if they are children, but their use in jazz and orchestras is not uncommon. Their use is preferred in situations where the volume is to be kept low and therefore there is no need for power.
The 5As are considered the standard, recommended by many teachers as the first pair of sticks for those who begin, they guarantee the right balance to become familiar with the instrument and then eventually orientate autonomously towards other measures. They are used from pop, to rock, to heavy metal, but they are versatile enough to be used in any musical situation.
The 5Bs are a bit heavier and denser than the 5As, they have more presence both musically and as a grip. The 5Bs can be more or less heavy and this greatly diversifies their use. They are preferred by rock drummers.
The 2Bs are particularly heavy and their use is a bit of a niche and reserved for “thumping” drummers and in genres such as metal or drummer on military bands where the powerful sound is of fundamental importance.