A drum stick is and object, usually made out of wood, used to strike percussion instruments such as drums. A drum stick gives players an opportunity to precisely control the sounds coming out of their instruments. Drum sticks also enable the player to create a variety of sounds that couldn’t be created by hitting the drum or other instrument directly with their hand.
When used with drums, sound is usually produced by striking the head of the drum with the rounded tip of the drumstick. The tip of the drumstick, also known as a bead, varies in shape. Tips may be oval, acorn, barrel or round in shape.
Below the tip of the drum stick is the shoulder. The shoulder tapers out to the main portion of the stick, the shaft, which ends in the butt of the stick. Drum sticks can vary in size and style enabling drummers to match the style of their stick to the type of instrument they are playing.