The UPS gal delivered my new Cajon at about 6pm. I was banging on that sucker until about 8:30. Wow, what an incredible instrument! I have no clue what the heck I’m doing right now, I’m just hitting it in every way I can to see what it gives back, and it’s really, really fun!
So what’s a cajon? Well, it’s basically a wooden box. Cajon actually means “box” in spanish. It’s about 12″ square and about twice that high. It has a hole in one side and on the back of the striking side, it has guitar strings running vertically against the wood. What this does is create kind of a snare sound when you strike the drum near the top edge, but allows a deep bass tone when you strike it lower, toward the center. The result is an incredibly expressive instrument that can be played in many different ways.
I bought it for my trip to Africa which is fast approaching. I knew I wouldn’t be able to take a drumkit with me so this is the next best thing. And since it’s a peruvian instrument I figure maybe I’ll be able to expose the folks over there to something new. But who knows… maybe some African dude will totally teach me some wicked drum patterns. Either way, it’s all good. 🙂
But I’m totally stoked about getting it. I looked up some videos on YouTube and just about wet myself watching what other players are doing with this instrument. It’s absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to mic this sucker up and do some recording. So go to YouTube.com and search for “cajon”, and prepare to be amazed.