The Best Cajons for Beginners
Which Cajon Should You Start With?
The world of the cajon can initially seem daunting, and choosing the right cajon for beginners can be a real headache. However, let's explore the factors to consider when buying a cajon.
This percussion instrument might enchant you even before you start learning to play, or you may be unsure if it fits your musical style. It's important to understand that the cajon is not limited to any specific genre. You can use it in a wide range of musical styles, from rock and pop to Latin rhythms, creating wonderfully unique sounds. Remember, your imagination is the limit!
A beginner in the world of music will naturally have questions before selecting the cajon that will accompany them on their initial musical journey.
What is the Price of an Affordable Cajon?
It's understandable that if it's your first cajon, you might not want to make a large investment and are looking to buy an affordable drum box cajon, or even a second-hand one. Sometimes, it's preferable to spend a bit more to ensure that your first cajon isn’t the cheapest on the market, as it's enjoyable to start playing something that sounds good, especially since it's an instrument you'll dedicate hours to.
Ultimately, the amount of money we're willing to spend on our first cajon will largely depend on our budget. Here we present a selection of affordable cajons to get started
Sound, the importance lies both inside and outside
It's crucial that our instrument sounds good. Commonly, we might think that the only aspect we need to consider is the part we strike, the soundboard, and it's true that the type of wood or its thickness directly affects the sound quality of hand made cajons. However, that's not everything. The other components of our box cajon are equally important. The size of the box and the size and placement of the sound hole will affect the sound produced by the cajon, just as the internal strings will.
The Tuning System of Our First Drum box.
When you start exploring the world of this musical box, you will find that this instrument is more than just six boards and a hole. A crucial aspect to consider before buying your first flamenco cajon, from a technical standpoint, is the tuning system. Inside our wooden friends, there are a series of strings that vibrate when we play this instrument, giving it its characteristic brilliant sound.
The tuning system allows you to tighten or loosen the strings to make the cajon sound the way you like or find most suitable. Therefore, it’s important to have a robust and reliable tuning system so that this feature of the cajon works in our favor and does not become a source of frustration."
The size of the box drum matters, as does its aesthetics
Another important thing to consider when choosing a Peruvian cajon is that it should be visually appealing and suit us well. Keep in mind that although you have the option of storing it in its case and only taking it out to play, it's an instrument that can also be placed in a corner of your room or studio. It can even serve as an impromptu stool!
Jokes aside, any instrument we acquire should be one we feel comfortable with. The dimensions should be appropriate for playing comfortably while sitting on it. A child-sized cajon would not be suitable as a beginner's cajon for an adult, especially due to its small size.
Similarly, we will feel more comfortable playing an instrument that is visually pleasing to us, which is a matter of personal taste. You might prefer more understated instruments or opt for more youthful and fun designs. While there is also the option of getting a custom flamenco cajon, it might not be the most appropriate choice for a beginner
From our website, we hope you have found this brief buying guide for beginner flamenco cajons useful, and we encourage you to continue exploring the fascinating world of the cajon.