Drum Lesson Download: Cajon 101

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Cajon 101: How to Play the Cajon for Beginners with Mike Meadows

In this lesson you will learn seating positions on the cajon and how to play the basic tones.


  • How to position yourself on the drum.
    With the cajon, its important to find what sort of posture is best for you so everybody is going to be a little bit different. Learn 3 different ways to sit on the drum and play.

  • How to play the bass tone with proper hand technique
    See exactly which part of your hand should hit the drum when you play the bass note and how to hit the drum for the most response. Practice with correct posture and technique for bouncing your hand off of the drum.

  • How to play the snare tone and common misconceptions
    To get a snappy, slap snare sound you don't have to hit as hard as you would to get this kind of sound out of a conga or djembe. It requires a lighter touch and loose hand to reach this note. Learn which part of the hand to use, where to hit the drum and the technique for the best response.

  • Combine the two notes for a basic beat

  • Master the same notes using the opposite hand

  • Learn ways to play the instrument to minimize strain on your back.

  • Learn a great position to play your cajon with percussion instruments on your feet

  • Run Time: 10:38

This video is instructed by Mike Meadows of Swan Percussion.
Mike Meadows is a professional freelance percussionist, drummer, and background vocalist based in Austin,TX. He is also co-inventor of The Black Swan Drum and co-founder of Swan Percussion. The cajon used in this lesson is the Swan Percussion Corsoba Cajon.

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2 Reviews

  • 5
    Cajon Lessons

    Posted by Unknown on 16th Jul 2014

    The convenience of having the lessons e-mailed and the fact that my son never has played a cajon...really was great. He liked the lesson.

  • 4
    Well worth the money

    Posted by Douglas McKay on 16th Jul 2014

    Nice, easy to download. Great introduction on the functions of the cajon and basic strikes and patterns.

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