Your Cajon is nothing other than. A box that is fabricated from hardwood, that you sit I when you are playing when you hit any of the faces of the Cajon drum, the wood tends to resonate to produce for you a sound. Harder woods like the beech and Birch tend to produce defined and stronger bass tones with a cutting high tone. It is important you are aware of the fact that each wood has its own characteristic sound and the need you will have to listen to any Cajon you acquire cannot be stressed.
The Cajon drum is a musical instrument and without a doubt, any Excellent manufacturer will have it fabricated in such a manner that is close to perfection, likewise, the manufacturer will pay close attention to every detail no matter how small like the good timbers, strong joints, reinforcing where necessary etc. The top surface without doubt firm some form of the seat, so if you are in any way planning to play the Cajon drum for long it is advised that you sit on it. In addition, you may want to consider using a padding or cushion. Sitting on the instrument does not in any way produce a bit of deadening as anyone would expect but the surface at the top is one of the faces of the Cajon drum with minimal effect on the sound produced.
The best way you can go about playing your Cajon drum is by spending time playing the various surfaces using varying intensities of stroke and playing at different places (bottom, middle, top, and side). It is.important Tha you have appreciable knowledge about your Cajon and you get to understand how the different sounds and tones are created.
Aside from playing with different cajon drums, there are other essential steps that you must do in order to get the best and true tone of what a cajon drum can deliver.
Posture and Position
Many beginners fail to achieve this steps because they are too dependent of what they’ve seen. While many will argue that there are no consequences to the instrument if you don’t follow the proper position and posture. While this may be true for the instrument, it won’t be any good for your health!
There are a lot of players that stoop forward because they feel that they can play the instrument right in the middle of the front surface or the tapa, yet it doesn’t achieve anything at all. It will not give you the volume you think it does; the same can be said with the bass tone as well. However, using this position will slow you down while you play the instrument. As this progresses, it will affect the sounds you produce and even gives you problems like chronic back pain.
So what do you need to do to avoid this? Simple – just in a comfortable and relaxed way.
Sit with a straight back. This doesn’t mean that you have to do this all the time. There are certain times when you play that you need to lean forward occasionally in order to reach the other areas of the cajon, like the sides. This is to achieve special tones, yet it must only be for the minor times only.
Both feet flat on the floor. This and your legs are bent at the right angles or you can also adjust over. This same amount of bending will entirely depend with the length of the legs. The knees must spread well in order to get access to the tapa of the cajon drum. An acceptable angle between 90 and 120 degrees at your groin will allow you comfortable access to the front face and at the same time allow you to reach for the sides to get those click strokes.
Buttocks must be in alignment with the cajon’s rear face. Again, this will entirely depend on the body’s anatomy that will protrude beyond the instrument. However, you must avoid from sitting too forward. Doing so will restrict you to reach to the playing area at the front face. You should also avoid sitting too far at the back as this will extend your center of gravity right beyond the cajon’s rear and will make you unstable.
You must stay relaxed all the time. This is the main key to playing the cajon drum properly. This is especially true with drum kit players since they have this inherent tension with their wrists and arms. It may be because they are used to hitting the drums hard, thus creating this tension when playing with their body. Sometimes they are not even aware of it at all.