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One of the best things about playing percussion is that just about anything can become an instrument with the right inspiration. To love music is to be human, and improvisation, sometimes with only the materials that resourceful people have had on hand, has resulted in the creation of some amazing instruments over the years. Perhaps one of the best examples of this phenomenon is the cajon drum. An incredibly simple instrument with a surprisingly complex sound, the cajon descends from humble beginnings—one theory even suggests that cajons were first made from shipping crates. The original creators of the cajon may not have known what they had set in motion, but today this drum is found in many styles of music and continues to grow in popularity. The cajon is a drum with amazing versatility. Depending on where and how it is struck, this instrument can produce a range of sounds from a bass beat all the way to a snare drum effect. The cajon is capable of providing the entire rhythm for a song on its own, or it can be integrated into a larger drum set to take advantage of its unique properties in conjunction with cymbals and other effect instruments. Not only does the cajon boast flexibility that's second to none, it also delivers a robust low-end with rich resonance that sounds amazing as a component in any music. For the cajon player, there are no rules—you can take advantage of its varying sounds to apply drum set rhythms or indulge in your creative side and make up your own beats from scratch. With no wrong way to play it, the cajon is an ideal drum for beginners. Through a little experimentation and practice, a newcomer can quickly 'tune in' to the cajon and begin to master its capabilities. A cajon can be convenient for experienced players as well, with some models featuring built-in pickups and line-out jacks to eliminate the need for a microphone. From modest origins to one of the most versatile percussion instruments in the world, the cajon has become a legend of the drum world. This unassuming box-shaped drum is easy to learn, easy to transport and easy on the ears.
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A traditional Flamenco cajon that won't cost you the price of a plane ticket to Spain.
Developed from the classic Peruvian folk instrument this Cajita creates a wide variety of sounds, effects, and...