MEINL Headliner Cajon delivers the classic cajon sound at an affordable price and can be used in Flamenco or World Music. It is also very useful during unplugged gigs for delivering the rhythmic foundation for a whole band when a full drum set can't be used. For more sound options, the top corners of the cajon can be adjusted, allowing the player to customize the amount of snap desired.
Cajons are fun and easy to play. After just a little practice, basic beats and grooves can be achieved. It can be used by drummers as a substitute for their throne, playing on it with one hand, while the other hand keeps time on the ride- or the hi-hat. Many drummers also use the Cajon during unplugged gigs, certain songs, or spontaneous sessions as its ability to emulate many sounds serves as an excellent substitute for a complete drum set.
Traditionally, Cajons are played by sitting on the padded top of the box while slightly leaning backwards. The front plate is struck with the bare hands. Various playing techniques help to create different sounds ranging from deep bass tones to cutting highs and slaps.
A nice effect can be achieved by sliding the foot up and down the front plate when playing the Cajon, in effect changing the pitch of its tone.
A unique and inspiring sound is achieved when playing the Cajon's front plate with a pair of brushes or rods.
Read about the history of the Cajon at Percussion Source Anthology.
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