I'd be pretty bummed out if I had to buy a new pair of sticks every time I play drums. Monetarily speaking, that"s as bad as a smoking habit.
Yup. I use maple sticks and I have to take them out of circulation because they start to splinter and peel where I play rimshots (hickory tends to chip into sawdust) and I don't want to risk getting a splinter when I turn them around to play cross-sticks, etc. Steel is harder than maple. Duh. Interestingly, this usually happens long before the tips chip. That said, sometimes they just go. Usually around the same area, and it usually takes many, many months of playing before they do.I usually chew mine up and chip the tips away long before they break as well. But sometimes, on occasion, they just break........and technique has little to do with it. It's little more than the price you pay for continually bashing a piece of wood against a piece of metal.
Sure, excessive and continual damage to anything almost always means that something needs to be reassesed. But sometimes, things just break and doesn't necessarily point to any fault of the player. Anyone who believes that as an absolute is kidding themselves....pure and simple. My biggest gripe every time these types of threads rear their heads, is that absolutes tend to get tossed around and a "one size fits all" line of thought seems to take over.
So just to ensure a little balance here. Simply put if you're breaking sticks everytime you sit down to play it's well worth double checking what you're doing, because I'll guarantee something can be done to reduce it. If you break a stick once in a blue moon, then just grab another one and move on. Sometimes it just happens and things break.....it doesn't necessarily mean you need to strip your entire technique apart because you read on a drum forum that you're doing it wrong. As always, context is everything.
I never really thought about that, though I can confidently say that guitar playing has helped me learn and understand drums better than I would have, otherwise.Interesting that the other converted/dual purpose guitar players here are in the same boat. I wonder if it's because to get fairly proficient on guitar you have to be able to balance down and up strokes without a preference for either. And so guitar players tend to naturally snap the stick back up. Whereas unschooled drum only folks may develop the habit of driving the stick into things..