I went into work on my day off to use the wood/metal shop, and decided to make another custom drum stick, specifically for ballads.
…some drum-sticks have a mallet on the butt end, which allow for distinctly soft washes and swells with cymbals:
…some drumsticks are made of bundles of thinner dowels, for a quieter, clicking sound for quiet music.
So I figure, I should combine them !
- start with a wood-handle mallet
- bundle a layer of thin (1/16”) hickory dowels around it
- secure with tape temporarily
- apply glue into nooks at the base (mallet) end, leaving dowels to flex.
Happy to share my stick-ideas with you. Let me know what you think in the comments below.