Cajon drums are one of the most unique drums out there and definitely one of my favorites. They are very basic and have Spanish origins, translating to literally crate or box. This is because that is essentially what a cajon drum is, a crate or box. Cajon drums can be found that suit all styles, skill level, and budget, so continue reading to learn what to look for before you start shopping for the best cajon drum.
Before you even start shopping, set some parameters for your cajon drum. Set a budget, and a few features you know you definitely want. This will give you an easy way to narrow down cajon drums once you begin.
You can always try out a few drums at your local store and figure out what kind of sound you like before actually shopping. Several things can affect the sound, including if snares are added. Some cajons are designed to deliver awesome bass lines, whereas others others are designed to have sophisticated and layered sounds. It is hard to really understand the difference in the sounds without hearing them for yourself.
Types of Cajons
The basic cajon drum has a square base that is about a foot, and it is usually 18 inches tall. Variations on this basic cajon include the slap top cajon, bongo cajon, tube cajon, udu cajon, and djembe, bata, and ashiko cajons. Each type of cajon has a slightly different sound and different build. For example, the slap top cajon is a little bit taller than the basic one, this is to allow for longer playing and a unique sound.
Before you even start shopping, you should consider what type of protection you want your cajon to have. By purchasing a case for your cajon you can greatly extend its lifetime. Cases are especially important for professional musicians who need to keep their instrument in top shape. Cases are a great way to protect your cajon while you are driving to and from gigs. However, even if you are not a professional, it is still a good idea to invest in good protection for your cajon. You want it to last as long as possible, right?
Other Things to Keep in Mind
Your cajon may sound different depending on your environment. For example, playing near a wall will probably get you more bass, but playing in a carpeted room will cause the bass to be absorbed more and you will hear higher tones from your cajon. It is also important to keep in mind pedals. Pedals are a newer invention when it comes to cajons, and they have their benefits, but they are definitely not necessary, especially not for beginners.
Cajons can be a really fun instrument to play and they are easy to fall in love with. They produce such and rich warm sound, that it’s hard to ever stop playing. So do some more research and go pick yourself up one!