#1
Hey, I've got a problem with my drummer,

its the fact that he goes through drum sticks sooooo fast its really becoming a problem.

Usually sticks would last him.. about two practices or one.

Was just wondering if anyone had any advice? Or if anyone knows some really strong type of drum sticks?

I always tell him to play lighter but he still manages to break them, so yeah..

any ideas? =/
#3
Metal drumsticks? I dunno
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#5
yea i had the same problem so i switched drum sticks. i use metal ones that cant break
#6
have him by aheads drum sticks
and if he breaks those that would suck bc there metal with plastic covers(sleeves)over the metal
#7
My drummer breaks his sticks all the time. But I don't care, since he's pretty awesome and I don't need to pay for his sticks anyway
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#9
What sticks is he using now?

If they're like 5B or 7A sticks then no wonder he's breaking them.
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#10
Shiiiittte this got replies fast,

Good point, I don't pay for them its just annoying when band practice gets cancelled because he doesn't have any sticks.

Also with metal sticks can't they like... damage the kit more then wooden ones, if you get what I mean =P
#11
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Shiiiittte this got replies fast,

Good point, I don't pay for them its just annoying when band practice gets cancelled because he doesn't have any sticks.

Also with metal sticks can't they like... damage the kit more then wooden ones, if you get what I mean =P


I don't think metal sticks will destroy the drum kit except if he is hitting way too hard. . . which could be the problem with the wooden sticks
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#13
Have him wrap his sticks in medical tape. That's what all my percussionist friends do.
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#14
My drummer used to have this problem.

Since he bought the Lars signature ones (I think) he hasn't had a problem.

Maybe check them out?
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#16
Consider yourself lucky it's only sticks...the drummer from Manowar is known to pound his whole kit into ruins.
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#17
Our drummer used to have a huge problem with that. He used 5As. Now he uses Buddy Rich signature sticks and they're lasting him quite a bit longer, because they're triple coated or something. They only cost like $2 more, too.
#18
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Have him wrap his sticks in medical tape. That's what all my percussionist friends do.


Thats to help keep them from slipping out of their hands, not to keep them from breaking.

They'll still break but they'll sorta stay together but be all floppy and ****.
#19
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yea i had the same problem so i switched drum sticks. i use metal ones that cant break

They can break. Rob broke a pair once.
#20
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I don't think metal sticks will destroy the drum kit except if he is hitting way too hard. . . which could be the problem with the wooden sticks


Metal sticks can destroy your cymbals if the covers wear out on them and you don't notice. and playing lightly isn't going to help wooden sticks last much longer (especially if said drummer plays rock music). Also.... with the metal sticks, there is virtually no weight on them... so they really don't have the same type of action that the wooden sticks or a pair of good graphite sticks have. I bought two pairs of the aluminum sticks about a year ago... which set me back $52.00.... that is just ridiculous for drum sticks. Another thing you have to take into account is the urethane covers. Firstly, the covers cost roughly $3.00 a pair and last about the same length of time as wooden drum sticks. Secondly, and this is just the experience I've had (Mississippi is like bizarro world so this may be different in your area), the stores that sell the sticks never stock the replacement covers or tips. I would say, go with the graphite sticks....... i paid $13.00 for my pair and they lasted me about 8 months.
#21
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Metal sticks can destroy your cymbals if the covers wear out on them and you don't notice. and playing lightly isn't going to help wooden sticks last much longer (especially if said drummer plays rock music). Also.... with the metal sticks, there is virtually no weight on them... so they really don't have the same type of action that the wooden sticks or a pair of good graphite sticks have. I bought two pairs of the aluminum sticks about a year ago... which set me back $52.00.... that is just ridiculous for drum sticks. Another thing you have to take into account is the urethane covers. Firstly, the covers cost roughly $3.00 a pair and last about the same length of time as wooden drum sticks. Secondly, and this is just the experience I've had (Mississippi is like bizarro world so this may be different in your area), the stores that sell the sticks never stock the replacement covers or tips. I would say, go with the graphite sticks....... i paid $13.00 for my pair and they lasted me about 8 months.


Okey, sorry. I am no drummer and dunno know much about drums
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#22
This is probably more a question of technique rather than drum stick types. I used to break a lot of sticks, I played 5A's then switched to 2B's which are a lot fatter. They didn't break as much but I got tired out faster from the larger sticks. I switched back to 5A's and now I don't break them very often. If he's hitting the rims of his drums, that's wrong, he should change how he's playing. If it's from the cymbals, change the angle of the cymbals or make him not hit them that hard, cymbals are supposed to sound best when you hit them with a lighter glancing blow.
#23
Our drummer that we've had for about 6 months breaks about a stick or maybe 2 per week in practice, and almost always another one in a show because he plays like animal from the muppets.....hes good though.

Our drummer before him that we had for several years broke 2-4 sticks every week and another 1 or 2 per show per week.....he was phenominal, but his technique was so perfect that he hit the stick in the exact same spot every single time that he hit so it literally wore a groove all the way around the stick like a lathe about 1/8' wide.

It just happens.
#25
Poor technique, I'm willing to bet. Next practice, get him a set of brushes or multi-rods to teach him the value of dynamics and accurate hit placement.
If you guys are a really heavy rock/metal band, it'll be especially challenging.

All drummers break sticks, but if he's doing it regularly he should be looking at his technique, if that's the problem then bigger and heavier sticks will only wreck his drumheads faster...
#26
my drummer never breaks sticks. he's had the same 8-10 for 6 months and has broke maybe 1 or 2. he's good, he plays fast heavy tom stuff. i dont know... maybe technique? drum angle? im no drummer, so im not sure.
#28
well at least he's no dave grohl. at the first nirvana show, they reckon he broke a few sticks and 3 drums..
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#30
Going with the technique suggestion here...

I play with Vater Super Jazz sticks, which have a pretty narrow shoulder. I used to bust alot of them, but I improved my technique. Makes my sticks last a good 6 plus months.

Tell him to be careful, depending on what kind of tip the drumstick has, he can damage heads pretty easily...
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#31
Have him try Drum Corps sticks. Vic Firth Corpsmasters are good.
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#32
yeah he must have really bad technique. i forgot the name of these brand of drumsticks but they cant break. they are mainly for metal drummers and cost around £20 a pair.
#33
Tell him to put the money he spends on sticks towards some lessons, so he can learn to not suck.
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#34
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Metal drumsticks? I dunno





no seriously.. go for thicker ones... =) wood lasts longer than crappy carbone sometimes... try both.
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#35
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My drummer has the same problem and uses those carbon ones.



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#36
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Have him try Drum Corps sticks. Vic Firth Corpsmasters are good.

Twice as big as drumset sticks which means twice the weight. whihc means you'll go slower. Corpsmaster is for marching drums only. >_>
#37
Tell him to get 2B's trust me, you can't break those LOL
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