Cajon Drum 3

Cajon drum are drums currently crafted from lumber, but the Cajon drum of yesteryear were in the shape of simplistic boxes, tiny drawers from dressers or crates for fish.  The expression “Cajon” is derived within the Spanish code and when translated signifies “box.”  As time passed, the Cajon drum was reshaped and reconstructed to appear as it does today: a six sided wooden box with a entire on 1 side of it, normally the back side.  The lumber used on five of the lumber panels in Cajon drums is crafted from 3/4 inch wood: usually white lumber, or pine lumber.  The last side of the Cajon drum box is crafted from plywood information.

Cajon drum have a history that is traced back to central and West African slaves from Peru, too certain parts in Cuba; it is very believed that the drum was built in the 1800s found on the coastline of Peru, and in simply five years time the Cajon drum became a popular and generally appreciated instrument.  At the turn of the century, individuals started to experiment with all the form of the Cajon drum to change the sounds that the instrument would make when played.

This instrument is today diagnosed with Afro/Cuban music including the well-known rumba, and Afro/Peruvian design music.  The type of cajon drum which was initially selected in areas of Peru was really a wooden box or crate that has been commonly used for harvesting fruit.  Slaves in Africa relied found on the crates as a drumming tool and later developed the Cajon drum within the easiest fruit harvesting lumber crate shape.

The cajon is gaining mainstream interest from all kinds of percussionists all over the world. Famous cajon players like Mario Cortes, Nina Rodriguez, and Stephan Maass are creating the instrument more accessible with their contemporary playing techniques.

The side of the Cajon drum that is crafted from particular lumber or fiberglass information, sometimes known as the frontplate, is the actual playing region of the drum. The side with a hole cut into it’s usually the back siding of Cajon drums and is the part that is placed perpendicular to the Cajon drum head or parallel to the head depending found on the drum design. The tapping area found on the Cajon drum is further diagnosed as tapa or drum head.

When an individual plays Cajon, he or she positions their body above and over the box; some drummers straddle the box while playing, and others sit upon it when they play. The drummer takes the Cajon and tip them or tilt them inward in purchase to start playing. The surface of the drum is then tapped with all the open palm and fingertips to derive different sound effects within the instrument.

Cajon Drum: Open Tone

With a flat hand and fingers together, you’ll hit the front plate with all the full length of all 4 fingers at the best of the drum. Thumb is lose.

Cajon Drum: Bass Tone

With a flat hand, this time with your fingers spread and open palm, hit the frontplate with your whole hand in the middle/upper region of the cajon.

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  • Steve Head 24 July, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Very nice article Howard! The cajon has indeed become a very popular instrument. There have also been some hybrid type cajons also that can be played in a different way than the traditional cajon. Some can be played like djembes or even congas. Great information here.

  • Manuel Marino
    28 July, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Thanks for sharing your comment, Steve! this is a great article, indeed! I like drums as well and percussions are always an important added value to any rhythm. Are you a drummer? or just an enthusiast or hifi lover?
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  • Steve Head 29 July, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    All of the above Manuel! I am a multi-instrumentalist and instrument builder. I really like your site………covers wide range of topics.

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