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Old 05-28-2013, 09:18 AM
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Looking for that Drum Stick


So first time on this forum, say there, thanks for any input you can offer.
I perform in a jazz trio two times a week in an upscale eatery. The place is nice but small so I usually use brushes or hybrid sticks. Here's my problem. With brushes you tend to play differently then sticks. When the drummer gets a chance to take 4 or 8 bars to solo, you speak differently with brushes then with sticks. Using Hybrids also has limitations, i.e. perfoming roles. I have used 7a, I've tried all different ways even putting my 5a into a metal lathe and turning the stick and tip but it's still too loud.

Can any one recommend a different approach??

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Old 06-01-2013, 12:10 AM
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Have you tried a Multi Rod type stick or something similar?
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:17 AM
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thanks for asking, yes I've tried different types of clustered sticks and they work well except I would like to find a stick that I can do rolls with. Seems to be hard to find out there. thanks
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Old 06-07-2013, 07:54 AM
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Re: Looking for that Drum Stick


Hi malito, that's a tough one, I use lightening rods and brushes when playing with my dad who plays acoustic guitar. I use brushes but they don't quite allow me to speak the same way. I'm using the Vic Firth Brushes, Promark Lightening rods, and for wood I use the Vic Firth Harvey Mason stick, and I'm just getting into Harvey's new Chameleon stick, which is like a 7a to me with a fairly unique egg shaped bead on the end, it's all round, and is wood.

I've found using the brushes to practice, on everything, allows me to speak more with them on the kit. Hope this helps...
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drums are loud---If you can't be loud, maybe you you need some of those electric toy ones? Or you could stuff them full of pillows
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Yes, I would explore dampening techniques. The snare is usually easy to muffle with felt taped to the head, around the edges to leave room for brush work. Also, have you tried nylon tips? You'll have to tape the cymbals because the sound will be so bright but I find you can play more quietly on the drums with light, nylon-tipped sticks.
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:32 PM
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Thank you for the input. I will try your suggestions. I have been reluctant to dampen my kit but this might be the way to go! Interesting you suggest nylon tip sticks. Is this because you loose the brightness using a wood tip stick on a muffled kit?
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:00 AM
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Re: Looking for that Drum Stick


go as light as pos the heaver the stick the more attack and less feel i know e sticks are beginner sticks but you can back right off let the stick do the work ....and feel the beat
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if its any help i use long light to medium stick for jazz and fusion play and heavy for rock buddy rich used pretty chunky sticks but medium weight c-d you just have to find that balance that suits u kid experiment till ya nail it ...
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Andy!, good to see you posting again.
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