The drum stick classification system can be a little confusing to hobbyist drummers. Finding out which drum sticks suit you best is a matter of experimentation, but understanding the basics in terms of weight, composition, tips and brands can help point you in the right direction. In this video blog, Simon discusses the most common stick types, and what sets them apart. They are the 5A, 5B, 7A, and 2B. The 5A is considered the "average" weight, and is always a good starting point. There are also some helpful written blog posts on this subject, and the links are included below.

In our videos, Simon uses the Vic Firth 5A wood tip model. We've included links below so that you can purchase these sticks if you can't make it in to your friendly local drum store. As an associate of, we may make a commission if you choose to buy these products here.

Vic Firth 5A wood tip.

Vic Firth 5A nylon tip.


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