Home Page Basics of Playing Cajons: Techniques & More
Many cajon players want to expand their palette of sounds.
In addition to experimenting with the different playing surfaces on the cajon, they add a wide range of external effects, sounds & gadgets.
Although we do not sell cajon accessories per se, we have put together our own mini-hub, which lists products that are available from cajon & percussion manufacturers. Each section is linked to the main manufacturer web site where you will find full details of the various products.
Some of these effects are in our own percussive arsenal; others we have seen used to great effect. Care should be taken when attaching these as it is easy to intrude into the playing area on the tapa face.
The list is not exhaustive but provides you with a great starting point for customising your own sound.
This page will continue to grow as new cajon accessories & add-ons become available from different manufacturers.
German manufacturer Schlagwerk not only manufacture high quality cajons but
they also make a wide range of cajon-specific accessories.
From jingle add-ons, to to finger accessories, from side-clicks played with the heel to cajon pedals, from cabassa to castanet sounds, from sizzle boards to shoe jingle attachments, from shaker glove to cajon brushes.
Innovative products limited only by our imagination. For further information see the Schlagwerk web site which also contains videos showing demonstrations of the various products.
Pearl, best known for their drum kits also manufacture cajons & a range of accessories.
From cajon jingle cups (we use these) to cajon clave blocks & cajon wood blocks, this small range of accessories is worth investigating if you are looking for a specific sound. Visit the Pearl cajon web site for more information.
German-based manufacturer Meinl make a small range of cajon add-ons from side snare to wood blocks, from castanets to jingle castanets, from foot tambourine to jingle tap, from knee pads to finger jingles. Visit the Meinl Percussion web site for further information.
American percussion manufacturer LP make a wide range of percussion including one or two cajon-specific items like the cajon castanets, available in high & low pitch. LP also make excellent one-direction shakers for fingers which adds another rhythmic texture to your playing. Find out more & watch the video on the LP web site.
Our Key Advice: Whatever add-ons you use, remember that as a percussionist you are there to make the rhythm feel good. It is always tempting to show your latest accessories to the waiting world but we always recommend that you spend time practising & becoming acquainted with everything that you play. Effects & add-ons are a great addition to your playing & are limited pretty much only by your imagination & skill.
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