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Cajon joy / drumming magic

Above is an 8 song practice set of about 30 minutes. New songs are added daily.

What is a cajon?

Yeah… it’s basically a box you sit on and hit like a drum.

Why play a cajon?

Music is a powerful tool. Music is composed of rhythm, melody, and harmony. Rhythm is the part of music, as a drummer, that has always appealed to me. I believe rhythm is the “heart beat” of not just music, but life, and has great power. It’s also accessable to everyone at any time.

Everyone has experienced the joy of clapping along to a song. When you’re doing that, you’re drumming. Let me be clear… you’re already a drummer. Since you’re already a drummer, I hope to convince you to explore the power of drumming further, and use it’s power to make your life happier.

Add joy to your life

The goal of this approach is to learn to enjoy music to the point that you feel connected to the music, to have the feeling of “dancing with your hands”, and over time, your entire body, an experience that will give you a feeling of inner joy.

My approach to drumming is a meditative, and even “spiritual” approach. The repetitive practice of counting; 1, 2, 3, 4 or 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &, and even 1 da & da 2 da & da 3 da & da 4 da & da form a meditative background to push out the stress & worries of daily life, and provide a framework for further exercises with the hands. R & L hand patterns, RRLL patterns, RLRR LRLL patterns, a virtual infinite variety of hand patterns, with varying dynamic levels, and speeds all combine to help lead you into the magical world of rhythm. Counting, hand patterns, and the music you play along with are all combined into a total experience.

All this helps you eventually achieve what in psychology is called a flow state, and approach what in many religions is referred to as an ecstatic state. I personally use a combination of cajon drumming as meditation, meditative walking (optimally in nature), and listening to dharma talks to keep me focused on maintaining a peaceful mind.

Cajons are affordable

When I got mine (here’s the Amazon link) it cost about $40 and came with a case that let’s me carry it like a backpack, which is useful if your gonna be taking it out of the house for lessons or performances. It was on sale at the time, but I think I hit on a popular one because today they are selling for almost $60, but it’s still a model I can recommend at that price. a/o 4/19/2019 WOW… noticed today this cajon went up in price again to $68.12… I feel like a got a stock like Google or Facebook when it was cheap. How high can these cajon’s go? ☺