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Cajon joy / drumming magic

What is a cajon?

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

A good starting length of time to practice each day is about a half hour or about 8 songs. Here’s a big YouTube playlist of songs you can use to play along to. I try to move at least 8 new songs to the top of the list each day, so you can just start the playlist from the top each day, but have different songs to practice to each day.

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.

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 you’re 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? ☺

Add joy to your life

My approach to drumming is a meditative, and even “spiritual” approach. (Remember… we danced religion well before we prayed it.) The repetitive practice of counting; 1, 2, 3, 4 or 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &, or 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. Hand patterns help you concentrate, which in itself is one of the foundations of happiness. 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 modern psychology is called a flow state, and what ancient Greeks referred to as an ecstatic state.

The goal of this approach is to learn to enjoy music to the point that you feel connected to, or part of 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.