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Old 10-21-2010, 08:36 AM
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Default Best sticks for practice pad ?

Hi, im starting to play along to the Tommy Iggoes "Great hands for a lifetime" dvd and, since ill be playing a lot on my Vic Firth practice pad, I want to know what sticks do you guys think are best suitable for this.

Im using 5bs right now and feel comfortable with them... years ago i used to practice rudiments with SD2 sticks...


I dont know... any appreciation will be welcomed.


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Old 10-21-2010, 08:59 AM
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Default Re: Best sticks for practice pad ?

I only use Vic Firth Rock sticks on my practice pad. I don't use these sticks anywhere else, and use no other sticks on my pad. They are a bit thicker, longer and heavier than the 5B's, which i use on my kit, but practicing with them makes it alot easier to go around the kit with 5B's. Sometimes when I play fusion gigs, I use 7A's, which literally feel like chopsticks after using the Rock sticks.
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:39 AM
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Default Re: Best sticks for practice pad ?

i always practice rudiments on a pad with the thickest sticks i can find - currently im using marching sticks. the way i approach this is that the thicker stick easially highlights where your weaknesses are. give it a try, im sure you won't be dissapointed. (+ the extra weight helps with speed with normal/lighter sticks)
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Old 10-21-2010, 03:57 PM
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Default Re: Best sticks for practice pad ?

Firth SD1's are great for pad work. Lots of people subscribe to the school of the thought that you should practice with the same sticks that you play with. Obviously it's a different situation (you're practicing on a pad, not a drum) so that should be taken into account.

The IP Christopher Lamb signature sticks also feel great on a pad.
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Old 10-21-2010, 04:20 PM
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Default Re: Best sticks for practice pad ?

i like VF Jack DeJohnette or Johnny Rabb sticks for pad work. i play the Erskine "ride" stick for normal gigs. rock gigs are Colaiuta's or DeJohnette's.
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Old 10-22-2010, 12:21 AM
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Default Re: Best sticks for practice pad ?

In my bag I have 7A's, Vater Fusion and 3A's. I will use all of them on the kit depending on the gig and also use all of them on the pad, depending on my mood (Fusions are the 'go to' stick, though). From time to time I'll also break out marching sticks for pad work, but this is usually just as a warm up.....once my wrists and fingers are moving freely I'll grab a stick that I'd actually gig with.

The short answer is, use whatever sticks that motivate you to practice.
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Old 10-22-2010, 03:53 AM
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Default Re: Best sticks for practice pad ?

I like to start some practice sessions with an extra large and heavy stick, as suggested by others in the industry.

I grabbed the largest, heaviest sticks on the GC counter. the Vic Firth MS4 Magnum Corpsmaster Snare Sticks -
L = 16 1/4" | Dia. = .685" actually drum and bugle corps stick. Of course, I only use them on the practice pad.

Quite heavy and large. I end each practice session using my playing sticks, which is the wierdest sensation after using mini logs. The playing sticks fly after that. Just have to make sure you don't throw them.

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Old 10-24-2010, 04:34 AM
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Default Re: Best sticks for practice pad ?

Thanks for the replies guys ! :)


I went to the music store and, after trying various options, I bought a pair of vater fusions.

I just loved the thickness, weight and round, small tip of them. Also tried the Vic Firths Rock model... too much weight for me. The SD1s where nice but the tip was too big, giving me the sensation of not-in-control of it.

Didnt have the chance to try any marching band or signature stick though...
I guess one good point is what pocket-full-of-gold said: "use whatever sticks that motivate you to practice."


PS: this is a great forum !
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:41 AM
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Default Re: Best sticks for practice pad ?

I usually use marching sticks, right now vic firth colin mcnutt sig sticks. Using heavier sticks is more of a workout, and it makes it easier to learn new techniques.
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:11 AM
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Default Re: Best sticks for practice pad ?

It depends on what you're going for. If you are just doing some warm ups before a show, use you're regular sticks. If you are going to do some real practicing with rudiments, get some marching sticks. They are supper beefy and will build you're chops if used correctly. I suggest getting Stick Control (George Lawrence Stone), a metronome, and some marching sticks. Skip you're date tonight and practice! Haha.
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