Sensors to be used as triggers for percussive instruments?

I want to instal some triggers for a percussion set (actually junk percussion). I tried with a force sensitive resistor but it doesn't react well even if you hit right on the sensor, as playing percussion with sticks is very instant and the sensor doesn't seem to have enough time to give proper input.
Ideally I'd like to instal something that would react whether you hit the sensor itself, or somewhere close to it, meaning that it will be rather restrictive for the percussionist if he has to aim right at the sensor whenever he wants to trigger something.

Have you seen this kit? DrumKitKit

Have you seen this kit? DrumKitKit

This looks pretty helpful. I'll try to build one myself. Thanks!

Yes I was going to say use a piezo disc! Test it out with the Arduino "knock" sample sketch!