How often do you drop sticks? I just lost one today, probably the first time in about 10 gigs.
I assumed that breaking sticks and chucking them is not included in the OPs question.Depends on the music. I am currently playing very hard hitting music, so it just comes with the territory. Many times mid song, one of my sticks will be cracked and on the verge of breaking, and thus, worthless, so I have to just chuck or drop the stick and grab another one mid song. Now if it's jazz, well that's another story. How you recover without losing the beat is the important part.
If you are breaking sticks that often then you have some technique issues or really poor quality sticks. Even most death metal drummers wouldnt even go through that many sticks. What do you do, sit on them??I dont drop sticks that often, but i do break my sticks a lot. I can easily go through a pair in band practice. When i play i show, i can wreck a pair in a song or two(depending on how im feeling). I played at the house of blues in hollywood, and i broke 2 pairs in the first half of the set. I had to play the rest of the show with 2b sticks.
Just make sure you have a stick bag attached to your hi hat. If you are experienced enough and confidant, you can drop a stick and pull another one out and be alright.
This is the defining post of this thread.I find I drop sticks fairly often. I play with a very loose grip and really only retain the fulcrum with my thumb and forst finger. The rest of my fingers only support the stick. I have become very used to grabbing another stick while still playing and maintaining the groove. It doesn't bother me at all and I don't worry about it all.