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Drumset 101: Drum, Cymbal & Stick Selection

Drumstick, Cymbal & Stick Selection

This series of video lessons will provide students and instructors alike with a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental techniques for the drumset. Ranging from instrument selection, tuning and technique to a discussion of musical styles, fills and ensemble playing, Vic Firth artist and educator STEVE HOUGHTON delivers a essential guide for the young player and jazz band director!

Video 1: Instrument Selection, Drum Sizes

Steve discusses how to select a set of drums appropriate for the musical style.

Video 2: Choosing a Ride Cymbal

Having a great ride cymbal is fundamental to getting a great drumset sound. Steve discusses how to pick a ride cymbal.

Video 3: Choosing a Crash Cymbal

A discussion on picking one or two crash cymbals that work well together, as well as some stand maintenance issues.

Video 4: Hi-Hat Selection & Stand Suggestions

Selecting the Hi-Hat cymbals and making sure the hi-hat stand is set up properly to get the best sounds possible.

Video 5: Color Cymbal Selection

A demonstration of other cymbals that can add to the kit: china, splash, swish, and other unique cymbals.

Video 6: Implement Selection

Steve talks about how to select an appropriate stick for the musical style and demonstrates several other implements should be standard for the serious player.

PRODUCT SELECTION GUIDE:

  • Free
    2B
    1

    2B

    Ideal for heavy rock, band and practice. Plenty of power and durability. Medium taper for a great balance.

    • Diameter: .630" [1.6cm]
    • Length: 161/4" [41.28cm]
    • Taper: Medium
  • Free
    5A
    1

    5A

    Tear drop tip for rich cymbal sounds. The #1 stick in the world—great for every style of music!

    • Diameter: .565" [1.44cm]
    • Length: 16" [40.64cm]
    • Taper: Medium
  • Free
    5B
    1

    5B

    More substantial than a 5A, but not overpowering. Medium taper for a great balance.

    • Diameter: .595" [1.51cm]
    • Length: 16" [40.64cm]
    • Taper: Medium
  • Free
    5BCO
    5BCO

    5B Chop-Out

    Rubber tipped stick with an elongated taper to simulate the balance of the 5B.

    • Diameter: .595" [1.51cm]
    • Length: 161/4" [41.28cm]
    • Taper: Long
  • Free
    7A
    1

    7A

    A scaled down American Classic® stick with great balance. Perfect when speed and touch are top priority.

    • Diameter: .540" [1.37cm]
    • Length: 151/2" [39.37cm]
    • Taper: Medium
  • Free
    rute505
    rute505

    RUTE505

    This model is a cross between our Rock Rake and the original Rute. A great choice for light jazz and combo playing. With thirty-one plastic bristles (.094”) secured in a vinyl handle.

  • Free
    SD6
    SD6

    SD6 Swizzle Bolero

    An SD2 Bolero with a hard, spun felt ball attached to the butt end. Ideal for fast changes on cymbals.

    • Diameter: .635" [1.61cm]
    • Length: 161/4" [41.28cm]
    • Taper: Short
  • Free
    t1
    t1

    T1 General

    For all-around playing. Produces rich sound yet is capable of rhythmic clarity.

  • Free
    wb
    wb

    Wire Brush

    A retractable, medium gauge wire brush with an infinitely adjustable brush spread, capable of maintaining any playing position.

    • Diameter: .575" [1.46cm]
    • Spread: 5"

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