Guitar players have to worry about strings and picks. Bass players have to worry about strings and picks. Keyboardists? They’re lucky; they don’t have to worry about much at all.
But as a drummer, unfortunately, you aren’t in that boat. You are grouped with the guitarists, the bassists, and even the vocalists (yes, microphones need replacements at times as well).
As a drummer, you need to worry about two things; your drum heads, and your drumsticks.
In this online drum lessons article, we will go over the basic wear and tear of your drumsticks, and how to find a way around the problem to help save you money.
First off, look at your drumstick. You may notice that it is made out of wood (obviously). Well did you know that, over time, pressure can crack wood? And we aren’t just talking about chipping away at the exterior of the wood; we’re talking about cracking the wood from the inside out. Many times, when you have a drumstick break, that is how it happens; the crack starts on the inside, and over time the pressure causes the drumstick to break in half.
Unfortunately, this is something that cannot be avoided. Overtime, when subject to large amounts of force, wood will break. It’s natural. However, there are a couple of things that you can do to preserve your drumsticks for a little bit longer. In most cases, you can get up to a month of extra life out of them if you care for them properly.
This means, don’t store them on top of a radiator, in a bag by a fireplace, or any other high temperature region of your household. Doing so will cause the wood to dry out further (we aren’t claiming that the wood isn’t dried out, because it is). This will make the sticks more brittle and susceptible to cracks.
This may sound basic, but money broken sticks are caused by drummers’ poor aim. This leads to rim shots instead of strokes to the head of the drum. With enough power (and let’s face it, most of us tend to use a surplus of power when playing an energetic, fully involving song) you can chip your stick.
A chip is the first crack in your stick’s foundation. Soon enough, that crack will spread as more pressure is added by playing, and before you know it, your one stick will become two halves of a stick.
If you tend to use a ton of power and you know it for a fact, you may not have to change your playing style, although if you did your drumheads sure would appreciate it. Look into aluminum drumsticks, as they tend to last a lot longer than wooden drumsticks.
They will have a different tone, so it is best that you ask to try out a set before buying, because they do cost a considerable amount more than traditional wooden drumsticks.
There you have it; the wear and tear of your drumsticks explained, as well as ways to fix it. Good luck to you and your sticks!
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