For the longest time — and I mean decades — I was convinced that I could get a perfectly good cross stick sound off of my snare drum hoop without having to turn the stick around, and play with the butt end. I kind of believed that drummers who played that way were simply using an unnecessary move. Then for some reason, a couple weeks ago, a bandleader called a slow, quiet number and I just turned the stick around for the hell of it. And the sound was so much thicker and woodier than what I had been getting. Well, needless to say, I’ve been turning the stick around for cross sticks from then on. Duh!
Yeah. The stick has more weight on the butt end so you get a more pronounced, solid sound. A die cast batter side hoop helps as well. Or you can use a blue LP jam block. I do prefer actual side sticking to the jam block myself though. You can always alternate stick sides according to the amount of volume and clarity needed for the song.
So anyway - yeah, I’ve always used the butt end for cross stick. It just seemed to sound and feel better.
I can get a pretty decent sound from just about any stick except the Zildjian Anti-Vibe models. I’ve tried several flavors and I think the anti-vibe treatment inside the butt end just knocks out that nice resonant sound you get from other regular solid wood sticks.
I’ve been along the same line of thought as you Andy, but not too long ago I was using a smaller stick and couldn’t get any tone quality out of a cross stick unless I flipped it around. Now I’m on the boat of the butt end cross stick too!
the only reason i learned about the butt end cross stick is that i was watching methods and mechanics by todd sucherman and i happened to watch his cross stick “quick tip”. before that i dont think i even used the cross stick at all
since we’re on the church subject, I too play for church. I have since I was six. but to be perfectly frank in my 12 years playing, I never liked the cross sticking thing. Its just too annoying to me. i prefer a straight matched grip without any fancy twirling. Don’t get me wrong it looks cool but i personally have never found a use for it.
Yeah, me too. I started using the Butt end of the stick right after I started playing drums just because of the heavier thicker sound, which was 46 years ago. But, dont you get tired of jamming your fingers and thumb into the drum head to do it? If so, read my post down in the “Gear” section under “Accessory I cant live without”. Ive got a solution for ya.