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Preparation should take 1 day, and the experiment itself will take 1 day.
The materials required for this experiment can be easily obtained at a music school
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This experiment was conducted to investigate whether the material used to make a drumstick affects its rebound height. Drumsticks of four different makes were used: the drumsticks were made from titanium, aluminum, hickory or oak.
The drumsticks that are made from oak and hickory will produce higher rebounds as compared to those that are made from titanium and aluminium.
The rebound behaviour of a drumstick is influenced by the type of wood that is used to make it. It is also determined by its length, thickness, tip shape, taper and shoulder location. A drumstick that gives good rebounds have the correct balance, a proper response, and give the drummer a ‘right feel’.
The shaft thickness of a drumstick affects both its height and weight. Thicker and heavier drumsticks are more durable and produce deeper sounds. Thinner and lighter sticks are easier to use and suitable for fast play. Drummers should choice their drumsticks according to the type of music they wish to play.
A longer tapered stick provides faster response and flexibility while a shorter tapered stick is stronger and stiffer. The shape of the tip is important for the type of sound produced. The length of the stick influences the type of ‘feel’ and ‘reach’ the drummer has.
Commonly, drumsticks are made from maple, oak and hickory. They can also be made from fiber and metal.
Shaft, durability, response, flexibility
The materials required for the experiment are as follows:
The results show that the wooden drumsticks made from hickory and oak have a higher rebound than those made from titanium and aluminum.
Use below graph to plot the results of your observation.
The hypothesis that the wooden drumsticks will produce higher rebounds has proven to be true.
In the past, drumsticks were differentiated according to how they were used in orchestra, band and street marching. However, this differentation has faded away because of the wide variety of drumsticks available today. A particular type of drumstick may produce a particular sound. However, drumsticks made from wood are still preferred because they can be used to produce many types of sound. Those made from fiber or metal are more durable. However, they tend to produce more shock/vibration and hence are a slightly more strenuos on the drummer's wrists.
One can alter this experiment by using weights of different weights, different types of drums, and drumsticks that are made of different thickness.
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