Re: stick size and speed
Posted by Dude on 11/5/2018, 8:56 am, in reply to "stick size and speed"
I got to see Ed Shaughnessey give two clinics about ten years ago and he talked about stick size and selection extensively during one of them. |
(By the way, how cool is it that he did a clinic at TBA and TMEA???)
His take was that you needed to pick the stick for the ensemble you are in. He said specifically that he loves the Vic Firth Peter Erskine sticks, but that too many drummers try to drive a big band with them. They're too small and don't have enough weight to really pull the sound out of the drums.
On the flip side he said you could get into trouble with too big a stick in a combo setting for the opposite reason.
As far as speed is concerned, to me that has more to do with muscle development and preparation. Toss in the drum, the tension and the weight of stick and there are a lot of variables.
If you are interested in getting your student's hands faster, I wouldn't necessarily go with a smaller stick, but maybe check out the weight and balance of the stick. I find that I play my fastest with a pair of IP-1's on a gum rubber practice pad. The surface is super bouncy and the sticks weigh enough to counterbalance the demand.