There is the drummer, and then there is the drumstick.

The sticks are to the drummer as the quill is to the Shakespearian poet, as the brush is to Pollack; after all, Steve Gad certainly couldn’t have accomplished all he that he did rhythmically and musically without two sticks! Thus, the decision of what sticks to get is incredibly important, and can highly effect both the sounds that a kit can produce and the style with which your playing begins to conglomerate.

Thin tipped sticks will always make a lighter, more ringy sound when striking the ride cymbal, while a thick tipped stick will get you the bounding booms of Keith Moon and John Bonham from your poor, unsuspecting toms. Nylon tips will also change the sound of the kit, forgoing a more natural feel and sound for better bouncing ability when playing quick one’s and two’s on a tight snare, while the wooden tips give you the natural sound of tree on canvas.

Most importantly, be sure that you are comfortable with your stick and your sound, how it feels in your hand, how it feels to you. Stanley Randolph, drummer for Stevie Wonder’s band and one of the great young drummers out there right now, said that his funky hump comes directly from the brain to stick, that the stick is just an extension of his vibrational feel and what he hears in his head, and that any break up of that directionality can hinder your ability to express. You heard the man… find the right stick and get banging.