Here are a few more of your questions, answered by Steve DiStanislao.
Thanks to Ian and Lucia, who submitted the following for Stevie’s consideration.
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Does it make a difference what material your drumsticks are made of? I mean, have you ever played drums with glass sticks, as it is possible? (Ian Pearson)
Wow, glass drumsticks. I’ve never tried it, but I suppose if they were a special tempered glass you might be able to use them. I’ve played some plastic polymer sticks called ‘Emmite’ that were cool, but they ended up shredding up like string cheese. I also tried carbon fibre sticks once, but they sent a shock through my body when I hit the drums, so I put those down pretty fast. I normally play sticks made out of hickory wood. It really does change the sound depending on what type of wood is used. For example, maple is generally a softer wood that has a pleasing sound, and hickory is a harder wood with a bit more of a solid feel and sound to it. Some sticks are made of oak, but they are way too dense-feeling for me. Also, the size of the stick, the shape of the tip and the weight are all contributing factors in creating a specific sound.
Have you never hurt someone, throwing your drumsticks? (Lucia)
Not that I know about, but when I do throw them I usually toss them up high and softly.