The Tune: I originally was going to leave the song as a "guitar only" composition. But, I remembered that I always wanted to add the cajon to a song of mine. There are three guitar parts with three different guitars. The main solo guitar is my PGM300, which I put on last minute. I used a light distorted tone and played hard!
THE CAJON The Cajon is one of the coolest percussion instruments out there today. It's an auxiliary percussion instrument associated mainly with Peru. It is used to augment ensemble players by providing a variety of percussive tones that are, depending on the player, varied and alive. The instrument requires that the player sit on the top of it's "seat", reach down (awkwardly!) and play with the hands, fingers, palms, and fingertips. The rest is up to your creative imagination.
If desired, you can purchase other items that attach to the cajon and make it a bit more like a tiny drum kit. The cajon produces snare, bass, and tom sounds that are "close" to the sound of a drum kit. It's a fun instrument to play and works well with guitar.
A collection of cover tunes. Each is intended as educational only. The purpose is not to copy someone else's work, but in fact to spread the word about these great pieces of music. I don't play them note for note as it is not my style to do so.
A collection of original music, improvised, composed, or maybe even a combination of both. Much of it acoustic, the following songs are my way of expressing what only instrumental music can...emotions without words.
A collection of improvisations in a Smooth Jazz or Funk style. My favorite mode of musical expression is improvisation. It's a way to check on your internal musical vocabulary. I hope you like my approach to creating melodic lines in this style.
This series of short but detailed lessons will concentrate on the ways in which your guitar playing can become more interesting and creative. String bending, tremolo bar use, tapping, sliding, and hammer and pull-off techniques will be demonstrated and discussed.