Welcome to the free section of PlayCajon. Here you can view part 1 of the PlayCajon Beginner Course for FREE where you will learn the fundamentals of the cajon.

You will learn the four basic tones and learn exercises to help refine your sound. You will be introduced to exciting basic rhythms and learn warmups and technique building exercises.

The PlayCajon Beginner Course is the best and most comprehensive way of going from a total beginner, to knowing the fundamentals of cajon.

This will give you a flavor of what is on offer at PlayCajon – The best way to learn.

PlayCajon Beginner Course Intro Video

2. About the Cajon

3. Posture on the Cajon

Maintaining a good posture on the cajon is vital. One could easily sustain an injury if correct posture is not maintained. This lesson will help you achieve a good posture on the cajon without being rigid or stiff. Experiment with your posture to find a comfortable sitting position so that you have good access to the cajon and can play with ease without straining your back. Take note of what not to do.

4. Bass Tone

This is the bass tone. It is the first tone we need to learn on the cajon. In this lesson I will teach you how to achieve the bass tone then show you a simple exercise so you can practice getting the correct bass tone. Play single hits, one on each hand from right to left. Really try to listen and find a nice warm bass tone.

Remember, you only need to stay within the top 8 inches of the cajon.

The pattern goes: R L R L R L R L and so on.

5. Slap Tone

This is the slap tone. It is the second tone we need to learn on the cajon. In this lesson I will teach you how to achieve the slap tone then show you a simple exercise so you can practice getting the correct slap tone.

The palm of your hand (behind the knuckles) should hit the top of the cajon. Your fingers should bounce off the cajon while your palm stays on. Play single hits, one on each hand from right to left. Really try to listen and find a nice slap tone.

The pattern goes: R L R L R L R L and so on.

6. Bass/Slap Exercise 1

The Bass/Slap exercise 1 is a great exercise for getting both the bass tone and the slap tone. We will play single hits going from the bass tone to the slap tone. This will also be a good way to get familiar with playing a basic pattern.

7. Mid Tone

This is the mid tone. Some people just call it the “tone.” I use this tone quite a lot in grooves and fills. In this lesson I will teach you the mid tone and how to achieve it then show you a basic exercise so that you can practice refining your mid tone.

The mid tone is achieved with the tips of the fingers. Have your hand in a cupping form. Hit the cajon about 5 inches from the top. The action is mostly in the wrists.

8. High Slap Tone

The high slap tone is the final tone that we will learn in the beginner course. The sound is quite different to the regular “slap tone”

The high slap tone is achieved by hitting the cajon at the top with your fingers. Unlike the normal “slap tone” your fingers will actually stick to the top of the cajon for this tone. Play single hits, one on each hand from right to left. Really try to listen and find a nice high slap tone.

The pattern goes: R L R L R L R L and so on.

9. Basic 4/4 Groove

Congratulations! You are about to play your first groove. In this lesson you will learn a basic 4/4 rhythm.

This is your first cajon beat. There are 4 beats in the bar.

The pattern goes: R LR R LR R LR R LR…

10. Three Tone Exercise

The Three Tone Exercise will help you be consistent in your tones and also help you get better at distinguishing between them.

Play each tone one after the other. Play the bass, slap, and high slap on the right hand then switch over to the left hand.

Pattern: R R R L L L….

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