Drums are a physically demanding and technical instrument to play. That’s why it is important to know what the tactics are so that you can use your potential.
Taping your drumsticks is one of the most important things that you need to do for a better grip on your hands. The drumsticks are the main part of interaction with you and the drum kit. Moreover, if you don’t have a good grip on the sticks, they may slip and cause mishaps to occur more. It also helps in the durability of the sticks themselves
It is important to be at ease and comfortable while you’re playing and therefore taping your drumsticks is very much a necessity.
Which Tapes to Get for Your Drumsticks
Before you go and try applying tape on your drumsticks, you need to know what type of tape you need to have which works the best. Not all tapes will work on your drumsticks and provide a good result.
So what tape is actually good for your drumsticks? Well, the simple answer is Electrical Tape. They are well available at almost every hardware store. Not to mention but they also come in a variety of colors. So, you can use any color to make it unique to you. You can even use multiple colors if you’re feeling creative.
That being said, the reason why we recommend electrical tapes is:
- Forms nicely to the shape of the sticks
- They are very durable
- Helps with the longevity of the sticks
- They are cheap to buy
Most of the electrical tapes are about 2-3 inches wide, which are just about perfect for using them to tape drumsticks. Taping needs to be done every once in a while because they seem to tear up because of use, but thankfully electrical tapes are cheap to buy and so isn’t that big of a hassle to replace them.
Most professional drummers recommend and use electrical tapes for taping their drumsticks, but yes, some people do consider using something else but electrical tapes should be the go-to option for most people.
Other options like Duct tape are also usable but are not recommended as they are much thicker than electrical tapes. They also come in a very wide form factor which is not recommended to use to tape your drumsticks.
Now, we will give you a comprehensive solution by which you can tape your drumsticks efficiently. You will use a method called “Tape Threading” to tape your sticks with the tape. To do this, you will follow these guidelines:
- The first way is to tape with a Thin Overlap, meaning the amount of tape that will overlap the next portion of the tape is as little as possible. This allows for the most resonance of the stick. But it does not provide as much protection.
- The second is the Half Overlap. It will overlap about half of the portion of the tape. It provides good protection and overall good resonance.
- Finally, you have the Double Wrap. This wrap will be done at first at a straight angle and then a 45-degree angle around each of the overlays for the taping. It gives you the most amount of protection and weight.
There are different ways you can tape your sticks. Today we will be showing you 4 options that are most effective and which people use and recommend the most.
- Shot Zone
The shot zone is one of the popular options people use. It tapes the shoulder or the shot zone of a drum stick. This kind of taping helps to maintain the rigidity of the stick and it protects that area as well. It also allows for the most resonance. Follow the steps below:
- You will start from a little over the start of the curve which separates the shoulder or the shot zone from the rest of the stick
- Then go up to the bead or the tip of the stick and cut it off there
- To Fulcrum
This tapes the whole half of the stick. It covers from the Balance point to the Bead or the tip of the stick. This, along with the perks of the Shot Zone also. You should not be covering the Fulcrum point because that’s where you will be putting your fingers to control. The stems are:
- Start at the end of the fulcrum point
- Go up to the bead or the tip of the stick
- You will follow similar methods to tape the stick as said on the “Shot Zone” option
- The Gap
This method is similar to that of the “To Fulcrum” option except that it adds tape on the lower portion of the stick as well. This provides extra rigidity to the sticks while keeping a gap for the fulcrum point for your fingers to stay. You will follow the steps below:
- First, start from the lower end of the stick
- Go up to the fulcrum point and stop there
- Then again start from the fulcrum point
- And then go up to the bead or the tip of the sticks similar to that of the “To Fulcrum”
- Full Stick
As its name suggests, this method covers the whole portion keeping the bead or the tip of the stick naked. The reason why people use this method is that it gives off a very balanced overall weight to the stick. It also thickens up the stick which a lot of people prefer to have. Follow the steps for this applying in this method:
- Start from the lower end of the stick
- Go up to the very tip of the stick and cut off from there
This method however has some drawbacks as well. It may make your fingers sweat because of the tape and hence make your hands slippery and make the sticks harder to hold on to.
Different people have different biases as to what works the best for them. But instead of listening to people, you should follow our guide and see which works the best for you.
Knowing what most suits you will give you the most accurate results from yourself. We hope this guide will lend you a hand in taping for your first time and give you a good experience with drumming.
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