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Old 06-06-2008, 08:53 PM
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Default Using different size sticks

What's your collective thoughts on using different weighted sticks?
More specifically, when playing gigs, for an example, on one song-one type of stick (heavy or light) and then switching, depending on the response of the different stick?
Or even just practicing on a practice pad?
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Old 06-06-2008, 09:45 PM
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Default Re: Using different size sticks

Hi Stevo,

I definitely use different sticks depending on song/feel required. My most common stick choices are 5B, 7A and a pair of rods.
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Old 06-06-2008, 11:04 PM
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Default Re: Using different size sticks

I also use different sticks depending on what style or song im playing.

I use my AJ2's for pretty much all around play, and I use lighter stick like bopworks westside for a reallllly light jazz setting or something.

Basically I don't think any drummer should pick one perticular style of stick and thats all they play, drummers need to be versatile and so do our sticks/gear.
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Old 06-07-2008, 04:20 PM
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Default Re: Using different size sticks

I think the more options you have, the better. It's kind of like how Art Blakey used to switch between traditional, matched, and hitting with the tips and butts, often times using all of those variations in one song.

However, I also think you have to stay musical with it. I'll use 5A's with my main band for most of the songs...I may switch between tip and butt, but the only other sticks I use are a pair of Blasticks for one tune.

When I play with other groups, or especially in orchestral/musical settings, I have a stick bag that includes a TON of different stuff. And I make sure when I practice that I stay comfortable with all of those types of sticks, so none of them come as a surprise to me. I learned that in high school, when I would go to jazz band (I used to use AJ4's) after marching band, and would drop a few sticks during the first rehearsal, until I got used to it.
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