Drum Lesson Download: Using Hand Percussion with Cajon

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Using Hand Percussion with Cajon

In this lesson Mike Meadows shows several ways to combine shakers with your cajon performance. It is a great way to "shake up" your cajon playing without having to carry heavy gear or accessories. Use this technique when playing in a group, backing up acoustic guitar, when you are in need of new textures or when you just want to add a little challenge for yourself.


  • Basic shaker rhythm technique that won't conflict with cajon beats
  • Play to a 4-count and understand the role of the shaker and cajon
  • Seating position options
  • Work up to 8th notes while keeping shaker beat steady
  • Work up to 16th notes on cajon with shaker rhythm
  • Slower segments to allow for easy learning
  • Mix in different beats with shaker and keep timing steady
  • 4 on the floor exercise
  • Shaker 16th notes option
  • Create a new tone by striking shaker on your leg (various exercises with this concept)
  • Ideas for creative shaker sounds to keep the performance exciting
  • Demonstration of advanced techniques at full speed
  • There are references to Cajon 101 and Cajon 102 in this lesson
  • Run Time: 17:57

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 Deluxe Pinstripe Cajon.

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