Monday, May 23, 2016

One size does not fit all

You wouldn't use an odaiko bachi on a chudaiko, right?  It's too big for the drum.  And you wouldn't really use shime bachi on one either, right?  You can certainly do it but the sound is pretty weak overall.  But aside from that, if you wanted to get a good sound from either case, you'd have to modify your technique to a really uncomfortable degree.

So if those are our two extremes, let's dial it back on both of them a bit.  We all play medium-sized drums with medium-sized bachi.  But are they the right size for you?  How do you know?  Have you tried something shorter/longer/lighter/heavier/denser?

A lot of people stick with the bachi they started with, and replace them with similar ones.  I've said it before but it bears repeating: I played with bachi that were too small for me by 1-2 inches and it had a serious impact on my technique.  I looked and felt cramped.  Discovering a longer pair made everything better!

So don't take your gear for granted, don't assume what you start with is what you should be using now.  Maybe you'll go overboard and want a different pair of bachi for every song you play, but until then, think about it!

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