Groovy Sticks

SmoothOperator

Gold Member
Are there any drummers of note that used grooved sticks on the set.

I'm thinking about something like these rasps that Native Americans played against boxes or large drums:

https://images.metmuseum.org/CRDImages/mi/original/MMA_89.4.670AB.jpg

Here are some in action:

https://youtu.be/qwAtJV0qfsk

I think I'd want to play them against with a traditional grip(kind of like some jazzers that do stick clicks and tricks), and have the striker so that I could sort of play around the kit a bit, maybe use it on the toms or top of the bass. I have an eye on some hard black locust that would do nicely with a half inch groove with a nice foot that could be moved and tilted. The stick I think would need to be harder and hickory is prone to splintering. Tone wood be important wouldn't it? So black locust.

Thought I'd check to see if anyone's seen such a thing? I recall a Jojo groove block that he attached to the snare, slightly different, but a similar idea.
 

ConcertTom

Senior Member
I cant really tell from the video but it looks like they are using the non grooved stick to play the grooved piece, kind of like a guiro.

I think if you want a grooved STICK you'd have to be carefull what you rub it against otherwise it'll shred to pieces pretty quickly. Ive never seen anyone do that before but it doesnt mean that it wouldnt work or sound cool. You could always experiment by sawing some grooves into a super thick stick like a 2B or something and see what happens...
 

bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
These aren't in production anymore, but would the old Johnny Rabb sticks help? It's probably possible to dig some up in an independent shop.
 

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MrPockets

Gold Member
Yeah, it would be cool if I could find some demonstrations.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0od2YiLTlM

I know he demonstrates them is his Jungle/Drum n Bass book as well.

These aren't in production anymore, but would the old Johnny Rabb sticks help? It's probably possible to dig some up in an independent shop.

He's back in buisiness baby! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071RPMD4P

https://www.johnnyrabbdrumsticks.com/
 
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mikyok

Platinum Member
These aren't in production anymore, but would the old Johnny Rabb sticks help? It's probably possible to dig some up in an independent shop.
I had a pair of those knocking around for ages, surisingly comfortable
 

Groov-E

Silver Member
I think you mean Groov-E sticks, no ?

Easy, 7A's regular or fivers for slugfests.

Thanks for asking.

:)
 
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