If you try to actually play more quietly using your regular heavier sticks and you're still too loud, it's time to bust out the old 7As. The 7A would probably not be the stick to start with because if you get too used to the lightness of them, and if for some reason you have to use a heavier stick, that heavier stick will feel too heavy. And I mean heavy in a bad way. 5A: These sticks are probably the best size to start with. If you start with these, you'll have room to go heavier or lighter if you want. When a student starts with me and he needs his first pair of sticks, unless he is very young or a very small person, I'll hook him up with 5As. If you start with these and you want to go heavier, you can always move up in size.
As a matter of fact, this is the size I usually use. 5B: These are the next size up from 5A, obviously. They feel much like a 5A but, you know, heavier. If you want to play in a heavier style while still using drumsticks that do not feel like you're swinging two baseball bats, these are worth checking out. 2B: If you want to use sticks that feel like you're swinging two baseball bats, then go for it. If you're in a band that's so loud that you need to use these to be heard, best of luck to you and enjoy your hearing aid in a few years. I understand that sometimes when you're starting to learn to play drums you can really get into the loudness of the whole thing, and you just want to smash any drum or cymbal you can get near as hard as you can.
I've been there. But not only can you damage your hearing, you will dent your drumheads and crack your cymbals much faster if you use a stick that's too heavy. You can also develop tendonitis if you push too hard with sticks that are too big for you. Tendonitis is a condition that can end your drumming career. Get a medical encyclopedia and look up tendonitis. It's a bummer. Look up carpal tunnel syndrome too while you have that book out. You could wind up with either of these, or both. 3S: Now you're just being silly. But seriously, drummers in drum corps usually use 3S sticks.
A drum corps is a group of drummers that you might see in a parade or during the half time show of a football game. (In a drum corps, one person plays the snare drum, one person plays the bass drum, etc.) They use heavier sticks because they use some different drumming techniques than drummers who use the drum set. These sticks usually are not used on the drum set unless your goal is to play so loud that you drive everyone out of your life and destroy your drumheads and cymbals. Some people use these extra-heavy sticks when they practice on their drum pad so that later, when they use their regular, lighter sticks, they can really fly around the kit and play much faster than they could otherwise. I do not necessarily doubt this, but I never really tried it myself. I'm of the opinion that there are no shortcuts to speed in drumming. Speed can be developed on any stick. Feel free to prove me wrong. I've been wrong before, but I can not remember when.
Source by Mark Sneider