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Drumsticks are to drummers what picks are to guitarists and bows to violinists, in that they are the tools used to get sound out of a given instrument or set of instruments. No matter the instrument, the tools you decide to use to play on it will affect the way it sounds. The tool’s shape, materials, density, and weight, condition the sound quality and volume. This has led drumstick companies to branch out and experiment with a large array of different drumstick designs. These sticks are usually called “specialty sticks”. In this free drum lesson, Jared Falk goes through three different types of specialty sticks produced by Pro-Mark Drumsticks and compares them to regular drumsticks.
The specialty sticks Jared takes a look at in this free drum lesson are the “Thunder Rods“, “Broomsticks“, and “SMXXX Hard“. They’re great options for acoustic gigs or venues where volume is an issue, since they produce quieter strokes than a normal pair of drumsticks would, and for getting different dynamics and timbers from your drum set.
If you own specialty sticks and want to start experimenting with them, take the drum beats and drum fills featured on this website and use those sticks to play them. If you don’t know where to get started, we encourage you to check the free drum lessons “Quarter Note Drum Fills” and “Single Stroke Roll“.
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