So you've just got your first cajon, good times ahead! Here are 8 of what I think are the best things to do first with your new cajon. Let me know what I've missed and more importantly, what did you enjoy doing most when you started learning cajon?
Here are the main points from this video:
1. Love it like a new best friend. You and your musical instrument are partners now and will get to go on some great adventures together. I mean, you could potentially have some of the best times of your life with your cajon.
2. Find a comfortable place to practice but also think creatively about acoustics. Take your cajon to new places, indoors and outdoors to see how different it sounds.
3. Try to spend some time today just working on your technique. Something that seems to really impress people about cajon is how good it sounds as a drum. It’s the best when people say “Wow! How can you make something that looks so plain sound so full, warm and precise?”
4. See how many possible sounds you can make with your cajon. One of my favourite first drum lessons involved taking a snare drum and trying to come up with 20 or so sounds that can be produced with it. Even if some of the sounds you find don’t interest you right away, you might be surprised later when you find a way to work them into a groove or a solo.
5. Play with a metronome. I know it seems super basic but it’s something I always manage to neglect. And I know I could be better if I practiced to the click of a metronome more often.
6. Put on some headphones and play to some of your favourite songs! Make a playlist for about 45 minutes and play through from start to finish. You can pretend that this is a concert you’re playing and pick up some really good inspiration from the music.
7. Jam with your friends. If you know someone who plays guitar, violin, piano, is a beatboxer, beat maker or any kind of musician, see if you can play together some time! I think playing music with others is a big part of becoming a good musician. Cajon is still a very new discovery for many of our musician friends. Lots of people want to explore how they sound accompanied by interesting instruments. There’s a great chance we’ll see cajon used in all kinds of new combinations with other instruments and you can be part of that discovery too.
8. Love learning. See if there's a cajon teacher in your area or if there’s a cajon workshop coming up. While you’re here on YouTube, subscribe to all the cajon lessons you can! On my channel, I’ve arranged lessons by skill level and also by topic. So if you’re looking for something new to learn, I hope it’s really easy to find something cool. You should learn from other channels too, here are my favourites!
About My Channel:
Hello, my name is Ross and I like to make cajon lessons. I hope I can help you with some basic rhythms, techniques or anything else you would like to learn. Playing a musical instrument like the cajon might become part of the best experiences in your life. I owe many of my favourite moments to being a drummer and getting involved with music. This channel is about having a crazy plan in life and playing one of the coolest instruments out there! While you're here, please feel free to ask me anything, or offer your suggestions. I'll see you very soon when I upload my next video!