Drum Sticks

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About Drum Sticks

Drum sticks come in a wide variety of styles, sizes and materials and can drastically change the sound of your playing. It’s common for drummers to have a collection of different drum sticks so that they can play a variety of styles.

Traditional wooden drum sticks come in different weights and lengths which are denoted by a number and a letter like 7A, 5B, etc. The most common drumstick is the 5A. While they’re most often used to play rock, they are great for pretty much any type of drumming. If you only have one set of drum sticks, 5A sticks would be the ones to go for!

Outside of traditional wooden drum sticks, brushes, mallets and hot rods are also extremely popular to give percussionists control over their sound.


What Makes Drum Sticks Different?

  • Material and weight massively affects sound.
  • Heavy drum sticks are best for rock and metal.
  • Brushes and mallets give a soft, delicate sound.

Frequently Asked Questions about Drum Sticks

Question: What are the different drum sticks?
There is a code which tells you the weight and thickness of different drum sticks which consists of a letter and a number. The letters indicate how they will be used. ‘A’ indicates they are a thinner stick for orchestral uses and ‘B’ indicates they are a thicker stick for bands. The number denotes the thickness of the stick, the lower the number the thicker the stick. For example, a 2B is much heavier than a 7A.
Question: How do I know what size drum sticks to buy?
Put simply, the thicker the stick the louder your playing will be. Jazz players like a thin stick like the 7A, metal players like extremely heavy sticks like a 2B, and most rock and pop players like it somewhere in the middle and favour 5As or 5Bs.
Question: What are the best drum sticks for a beginner?
The best drum sticks for a beginner are 7A. 7A sticks are thinner and shorter than the standard 5A sticks which makes them lighter and easier to handle. They are designed with Jazz drummers in mind who favour a softer and more accurate touch but they are perfect for beginners.
Question: When should I replace my drum sticks?
Most drummers only replace sticks when they break or splinter. How long that takes depends on the stick and the player. For most players this will take a few months but for touring professionals it might be every week.