How To Play The Cajon: For Beginners

Have fun learning to play this unique hand drum. Improve your confidence, and expression on the Cajon!
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  • Lectures 25
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

This course is designed to help students learn to play the Cajon. This unique hand drum is fun and easy to play! How To Play The Cajon: For Beginners is a step by step course that will introduce you to the basic tones of this amazing instrument and provide you with a number of patterns and exercises for you to practice.

Each video lecture will provide students with clear and easy to follow instructions. The learning process is gradual and each lesson builds upon the other. This course also includes an easy to read pdf of the exercises and patterns featured throughout the video in music notation form.

Hand drumming is an easy and fun form of personal expression. Students will gain self confidence, improve concentration and relieve stress by taking this course!

What are the requirements?

  • You will need a Cajon to practice with. You can buy or rent one from your local music store. Also, bring your energy and enthusiasm!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course you will have a basic understanding of how to play the Cajon. You will have a solid understanding of the basic sounds of this hand drum and how to play some basic rhythms and patterns.
  • Improve you self confidence, and learn to express yourself on this amazing hand drum!

Who is the target audience?

  • If you've ever wanted to play a hand drum or if you just want to brush up on your basic technique on the Cajon, this is the course for you.
  • If you are an advanced Cajon player this course may not be challenging enough for you.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Section 1: Introduction To The Cajon

This lecture is an introduction to the Cajon. It discusses where the drum originates, what materials it's made from and it's use traditionally and in contemporary culture.

Section 2: Section 2: The Playing Position
The Playing Position
Section 3: Section 3: The Bass Tone
The Bass Tone
Section 4: Section 4: The Slap Tone
The Slap Tone
Section 5: Section 5: Basic Patterns for the Bass and Slap Tone
Basic Patterns for the Bass and Slap Tone (Introduction)
Basic Patterns For The Bass and Slap Tone (Quarter Notes)
Basic Patterns For The Bass and Slap Tone (Quarter Notes Continued)
Basic Patterns For The Bass and Slap Tone (Quarter and Eighth Notes)
Basic Patterns For The Bass and Slap Tone (Quarter and Eighth Notes Continued)
Basic Patterns For The Bass and Slap Tone (Patterns in 3)
Basic Patterns For The Bass and Slap Tone (Patterns in 3 Continued)
Section 6: Section 6: The Accent Tone
The Accent Tone
Section 7: Section 7: Basic Patterns for the Bass, Slap and Accent Tone
The Bass, Slap and Accent Tone (Quarter Note Exercises)
The Bass, Slap and Accent Tone (Quarter Note Exercises Continued)
The Bass, Slap and Accent Tone (Quarter and Eighth Note Exercises)
The Bass, Slap and Accent Tone (Quarter and Eighth Note Exercises Continued)
The Bass, Slap and Accent Tone (Quarter and Eighth Note Exercises Final)
The Bass, Slap and Accent Tone (Patterns in 6)
The Bass, Slap and Accent Tone (Patterns in 6 Continued)
The Bass, Slap and Accent Tone (Patterns in 6 Final)
Section 8: Section 8: Traditional Rhythms
The Rumba (Flamenco)
The Marinera
Section 9: Section 9: Popular Music Rhythms
Popular Music Rhythms
Section 10: Section 10: Multi Tasking
Multi Tasking
Section 11: Section 11: Conclusion

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Instructor Biography

Larry Crowe, Professional Percussionist and Instructor

Larry Crowe was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He has been playing the drums since the age of thirteen. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music from York University, Toronto, Canada. In 1983 he received a grant from the Canada Council to study at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Larry has performed in Canada, the United States, Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, and throughout Asia. He has performed and recorded in many musical settings and with various artists like Juno Award winner Robert Michaels (Latin Jazz), Jim McCarty (Yardbirds, Renaissance), Jesse Gress (Todd Rundgren, Tony Levin Band), John Hawken (Renaissance, The Strawbs) and Grammy Nominated Ron Korb (World Music). He has also performed with musical theatre shows like "On The Eighth Day" and "Menopause Out Loud". As a composer and songwriter, Larry has produced and written music for singers and bands in the popular music field. As well as, instrumental pieces for media, advertising and children's music. As an educator, Larry has been teaching drums for over fifteen years in the Toronto area and is the author of the drum set method books Masterful Drumming Volume 1 and 2. He also maintains a busy schedule performing, teaching and conducting hand drum workshops and clinics.

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