Stick Talk: Beginner Go-To's

By Jeb Silburn, Twin Town Guitars Staff Writer

Finding the perfect pair of drum sticks is not always such a straightforward task. With such an impressive variety to choose from, many having the slightest differences from the next, it can take some time to find what works best for you. Promark and Vic Firth have been cranking out many of these options that have set, and reset the industry standard time and time again. 

The Promark Classic 5A is their best seller, due to its balanced design. An intuitive length, paired with incredible durability, make this stick a fantastic option for a variety of playing styles. Medium taper and an oval tip give this hickory build a dark, responsive sound on most kits. The Classic 5A is our top recommendation for drummers who are sitting down behind a kit for the first time, and yet many seasoned veterans will still stand by a pair of 5A’s.

Vic Firth’s American Custom line rolls out their SD1 General as a versatile option for orchestral percussion, rock drumming, and- where we think it excels best- the practice pad. The heavier weight and meaty size makes this a great stick for developing technique and muscle response. The SD1 will help your reflexes improve, and help you get your drumming to the next level. However, it is still plenty of a force to be reckoned with in any setting from band to thrash metal.

In a much heavier design, the Vic Firth Corpsmaster Ralph Hardimon Signature sticks are best suited for marching band. The unique barreled tip shape and lengthy taper enable snappy rebound and excellent control. The Ralph Hardimon is one of the most widely used marching sticks today, and it’s no mistake. Ralph’s years of experience and mastery in marching percussion are well translated in this signature Corpsmaster design.

December 13, 2020 — Carrie Bell

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