what sticks for rudiments/sticking exercises?
Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:49 PM
i was just looking for some advice as today i picked up a pair of 7a sticks to give them a try out and it got me thinking about some things. I thought maybe i should get a pair of sticks for the practice pad and one for the kit. What i was really wondering though was, are there any weight/type of sticks that will benefit me more when playing rudiments?
eg. lighter sticks are better because_____..
hopefully someone will understand what i mean, i sometimes find it difficult to explain things aha:/
Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:46 AM
Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:53 AM
With that said, some people swear by the heavy brass sticks designed for practice. I can't speak against them, as I've never tried them for prolonged periods of time. I'm particular in getting comfortable with my sticks in all situations. I may be wrong in that regard, but I haven't tried differently.
Curious though, anyone use different sticks for pad/rudimental exercises? How did it work out?
Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:33 PM
My theory is that practising with heavier sticks gives me more strength and stamina for playing songs with lighter sticks.
The difference in weight doesn't appear to affect my playing or timing.
Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:47 PM
Posted 10 August 2012 - 03:55 PM
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Posted 16 August 2012 - 06:32 AM
I can see two distinct schools of thought developing here; Use the same sticks for everything or change according to situation. I thinkboth have valid points, so it might just come down to a personal preference thing.
Personally though, I belong to the latter of the two groups. I love the feeling of fat sticks, not necessarily because of their weight. I have played Vater piccolo and Vic Firth SD-1 in the past, both are sugar maple so they are fat but light. These were perfect for the light jazz/restaurant gig or my electronic kit because using giant, heavy 2Bs would be either unnecessary or silly.
However for my practice pad playing I used to use a pair by Vater called "Shedder". Really fat and heavy. In my opinion they helped a lot with my technique as I learned how to use and control the bounce of a stick in my strokes, something that a light stick couldn't have done quite as well because they would have less mass, less inertia.
Bottom line is, it all depends on your situation!! You may do a lot of the same stuff and not need to ever buy a different pair of sticks. So have a bit of an objective think about, then experiment a little to help you make up your mind.