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Bass drum mallets

Bass Drum

Normal Use
Drums of various sizes

Additional Uses
Soft mallets on gongs. Wooden mallets may be used on tom-toms, but vibe mallets are preferable.

Do Not Use On
Glockenspiel; Vibraphone; Cymbals (wooden beater); Tam-tam (wooden beater); Gongs (wooden beater)

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Medium:
Wood:
Soft and chamois:
Dos and don'ts:

brushes

Brushes

Normal Use
Drums, especially snare

Additional Uses
Cymbals, and most other instruments.

Do Not Use On
Tuned Percussion

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Brushes:

 

 

 


hotrods

Hotrods

Normal Use
Drums

Additional Uses
Cymbals, and most other instruments.

Do Not Use On
Tuned Percussion

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Hotrods:
Dos and don'ts:

 

 

 

 


rute

Rute

Normal Use
Bass Drum

Additional Uses
Cymbals, and most other instruments.

Do Not Use On
Tuned Percussion

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Rute:

 

 

 

 


snare drum sticks

Snare drum sticks

Normal Use
Snare drum and other drums, tom-toms, suspended cymbals

Additional Uses
Woodblock (use butt end) Tam-tam (use with extreme caution!) Tambourine (careful not to pierce the head).

Do Not Use On
Tuned Percussion

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Snare drum sticks:
Uses:
Double headed:
Risks:

 

 

 

 

 

tam tam mallets

Tam tam mallet

Normal Use
Tam tam

Additional Uses
Can be used on other large instruments, but its weight makes that inadvisable.

Do Not Use On
Tuned Percussion

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Tam tam mallet:

 

triangle beaters

Triangle Beaters

Normal Use
Triangle

Additional Uses
Suspended cymbals (scraped only) Woodblock (only quietly).

Do Not Use On
Tuned Percussion and most other instruments.

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Triangle beaters:
Dos and don'ts:

 

tubular bell beaters

Tubular Bell Mallets

Normal Use
Tubular bells

Additional Uses
Not really suitable for anything else.

Do Not Use On
Any other instrument

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Tubular bell mallet:

 

 

 


vibraphone mallets

Vibraphone Mallets

Normal Use
Vibraphone. Tuned percussion.

Additional Uses
Suspended cymbal; Tom-tom or other drum without snare; Small bass drum; Snared drum (but N.B. "lumpy" sound); Small gongs; Glock (but lacks the ringing sound); Tam-tam (gives a weak sound).

Do Not Use On
(can be used on anything!)

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Various vibe mallets compared:
Variations in head shape:
Uses of vibe mallets:
What not to do with vibe mallets:
Notating vibe mallets:

xylophone mallets

Xylophone Mallets

Normal Use
Xylophone. Glockenspiel.

Additional Uses
Vibraphone (soft mallets only); Tom-tom or other drum without snare; Small bass drum; Snared drum (but N.B. "fat" sound, and limited rolls); Small gongs; Woodblock.

Do Not Use On
Marimba; Suspended cymbals; Large gongs; Tam-tams.

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Various xylophone mallets compared:
Uses of xylophone mallets:
Things to avoid:

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