The PlayCajon Beginner Course is the perfect starting point if you are new to the cajon. In this course you will learn the fundamentals of the cajon including how to have correct posture, the tones, basic exercises, basic techniques, and rhythms including rock, and rumba.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS COURSE
- The Tones: Bass, Slap, High Slap, Mid Tone
- Exercises to help you play your tones stronger
- Playing Doubles
- Using a Flam
- Ghost Notes
- Basic Rhythms
HOW TO USE THIS COURSE
This course will give you the knowledge and the tools you will need to become get your playing off the ground and master the basics.
When learning a new skill, it goes without saying that practice really does make perfect. With all of the PlayCajon Courses is very important that you practice what you learn so that you can turn the rhythms, techniques, and exercises into muscle-memory and they become second nature.
I highly recommend sitting down with a pen and paper and outlining a practice routine for yourself. This practice routine will need to change as you learn new techniques, rhythms, and exercises.
Your practice routine can be however long you want it to be, but remember, the more you put into it, the better you will become in a shorter space of time.
PRACTICE VS PLAYING
It is important to know the difference between practicing your instrument and playing your instrument. I believe that both aspects are important to put time into.
Practice is when you are trying to learn new techniques or a new rhythm and you are repeating it over and over again until your mind and body can do it without thinking about it too much. With many drumming techniques we want to practice a certain technique or exercise so that we can play it a little faster and stronger each time.
Playing is when you are just playing what you already know. For example, jamming along with your favorite songs or playing with other musicians where you are playing rhythms and techniques you have already learned and are comfortable with. Playing your instrument is also very important but if it is all you do, you will not progress very far beyond what you already know.
Key points when creating a practice routine
- Warm ups and stretching
- Spend an adequate amount of time on each thing
- Use a metronome
- Know the difference between practice and playing
- Change your routine as you learn new things
- Pace yourself and take breaks. The cajon is a very physically demanding instrument