I recently played a gig and accidentally found myself playing with a nylon-tipped stick in one hand and a wood-tipped one in the other. Now I've realised that it's a great, quick way to vary the sound on cymbals, cowbells, etc.
I can't think why I never actually thought of doing this. I imagine that plenty of drummers must do it, but I've never before heard of it. I now see that Ben White, the fine player that demonstrates cymbals on mycymbal.com, does it all the time.
Joined: Jan 16, 2005
Location: Essex, United Kingdom
Not something I normally do either, 99% of my playing is with 5B nylon tip sticks, but when I did musical theatre stuff I used a variety of sticks and combinations. Experimenting can be fun and somethings definitely call for it, but a creature of habit I always wind up back at the same place!
You're about 150 miles from me then, so perhaps a bit far to pop over for a drink. That's a shame.
As you may already know, the UK has a great diversity of accents, despite the loss and dilution of many of them through increased mobility over the last fifty years. You'll still hear some broad ones down there!