Re: What's the deal with stick size?
2B sticks have their place. If you are a loud player in a big room, they work well, in that you do not have to beat the tar out of your instruments and risk dammage. Let the weight of the stick do the work. The heavier the stick, the more you can let up on the physical striking. 2B sticks are great for practice/chop building for rudiment practice. They work well for concert bands and parades, etc. Many times, general hand pain can be attributed to hitting too hard with too light a stick, transmitting the shock through your muscles. If you have good stick control, there is no reason that you cannot play softly when needed.