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    the last two gigs my drum sticks started to slid up my hands - it was warmer in the clubs than usually.

    i don't think i will like wearing gloves.

    just looking for some ideas

    thanks

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    Google search Stick Gripps (yes, with two P's). You can find them at any major music outlet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DLDante View Post
    Google search Stick Gripps (yes, with two P's). You can find them at any major music outlet.
    I have that same problem with slippery sticks, so I checked out the Stick Gripps website. WOW, those are expensive pieces of shrink tubing! (Hey, I just had a total brain fart...why not try shrink tubing? Definitely a lot cheaper.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by willdrum4food View Post
    I have that same problem with slippery sticks, so I checked out the Stick Gripps website. WOW, those are expensive pieces of shrink tubing! (Hey, I just had a total brain fart...why not try shrink tubing? Definitely a lot cheaper.)
    Shrink tubing? Is that what it's called? I know when my brother-in-law saw the Stick Gripps (he owns a diesel mechanic shop) he told me never to buy it in the music shop again because he's got tons of the stuff and he gets it for pennies. I haven't gotten around to going down to the shop yet.

    These things work great as grips so if it's something that can be purchased inexpensively at an auto parts store or hardware store, then that's even better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DLDante View Post
    Shrink tubing? Is that what it's called? I know when my brother-in-law saw the Stick Gripps (he owns a diesel mechanic shop) he told me never to buy it in the music shop again because he's got tons of the stuff and he gets it for pennies. I haven't gotten around to going down to the shop yet.

    These things work great as grips so if it's something that can be purchased inexpensively at an auto parts store or hardware store, then that's even better.
    Yeah man, you can walk into any auto parts store and buy the 1/2" or 3/4" shrink tubing (depending on thickness of sticks.) Invest in a 99 cent cigarette lighter from your local kwik-e-mart, heat it up, and it'll snug right up to your sticks for less than $5 for a good 3 or 4 pairs of sticks. If you ever decide you want to take it off, just slice it down the middle with a razor blade, and it comes right off. Easy, Febreesey.

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    Keep a towel near and dry your hands before each song. Also, if your hands are wet you could develope blisters quite easy too...and that sucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RHD03 View Post
    Keep a towel near and dry your hands before each song. Also, if your hands are wet you could develope blisters quite easy too...and that sucks.
    It certainly does

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    I tried the towel but it didn't work out. Sometimes the break between songs is not long enough.

    I think the Stick Gripps look good. Better than the tape. I never saw them before.

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    Google Gig Grips. No sticky residue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by finfandrummer View Post
    I think the Stick Gripps look good. Better than the tape. I never saw them before.
    I discovered them only a couple of weeks ago when I was trying out a few sets at GC. The sticks they gave me had the Stick Gripps on them. I bought a few and they work great. Just use a heat gun and they form right onto the drumstick. You get a nice snug fit that won't ever come loose, no sticky tape, and you don't have to switch to different sticks.

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    Electric tape.
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    I find with hard playing any sort of tape just rips your hands to shreds. First try some sweatbands on your wrists, and use naked drumsticks, ones with no finish. Painted or varnished sticks get more slippery when your hands get wet.

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    Doctor Zoggs Sex Wax. (As used by Surfers.)

    I had problems with having to grip too hard to hold on to slippy sticks for years. Pro Mark Stick Wrapp works ok, but sex wax is perfect and costs peanuts.

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    Maybe your grip is just too loose causing the sticks to slide. Let us know what works for you.
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    I didn't think I would like wearing gloves either ... but, I got the ones with the soft leather palm part with the mesh back (of the hand). I don't worry about slipping sticks anymore.

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    I used to sand paper them to make them just a bit coarser than factory.
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    A towel and a little bit of talcum powder sprinkled on my hands once in a while really helps me. Grips, wraps or gloves just never felt natural to me.

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    The sticks I'm using are painted black, that may be part of the problem. I haven't had a problem with my grip in the past - I'm sure it was the sweat on my hands.

    I'll sand the paint off the stick handles and try some talcum powder. I think that will help.

    A bunch of great ideas from everyone.

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    I typically use sticks dipped in water based urethane. There are other ways noted in thread above, but I have found these "dips" (many manufacturers have versions--Vic Firth, Zildjian, etc.) to do it for me. The warmer clubs can be brutal and understand the others in the band do not always give you time to recover (wipe down, etc.). Though a word to the band may also be called for. Even if you find an answer, time to have a drink, wipe hands, always good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bish View Post
    I used to sand paper them to make them just a bit coarser than factory.
    Even though I'm assuming you're using an ultra fine sandpaper, doesn't that leave your hands and fingers prone to blisters?

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    The gig grips look like they would work good, seems that making them yourself would take about 2 seconds using an old inner tube.
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    Vater grip tape works great

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    Just made some gig grips from old car inner tube and they work great, take some getting used to. I was wrong about the 2 seconds , it was 2 minutes. I also did the shrink tube and they still end up moving back on me alot. Will practice this week with inner tube and see how it goes this weekend. The main drawback I see from these is no spins,throws, etc., not really an issue for me though!
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    I keep a small fan that attaches to my hi-hat stand, which helps a ton. Also, I bring and sometimes use a rosin bag (same stuff pitchers use) to keep my hands from getting too wet from sweat. On the flip side, I've had my hands dry out too (in the winter) and have had to moisten, i.e. lick my fingers or dip them in my water during a song to keep the sticks in place.
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    Vater stick wrap works great also Ahead but it is hard to find

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