10 Questions and Answers about Cajon box drum to help you know more about learning cajon box

- Dec 03, 2018 -

As a cajon beginner or someone who already learnt how to play cajon for a while ,you may still have so many questions about playing cajon box,Height Music did list 10 kinds of questions or problems you may met during playing cajon and we also list our answers for you ,so it will helps you a lot to learn cajon drum very well.

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1.Why is the box drum I bought different from the sound in the video?


A: There are many factors that affect the sound. The following ones explain:

(1)Some of the sounds of the drums in the video are recorded in the studio. Good recording equipment can make the sound of the drums perfect.

(2)The sound of the box drum in some videos is added later, not necessarily the original sound played by the drummer.

(3)In some of the videos on the stage, the sound of the box drum is good. It is basically the merits of the tuner and the radio microphone and other equipment. A good tuner can adjust the sound of the box drum to be similar to the drum sound.

(4)The sound field problem, the different drums have different sounds, even in the same room sound is different. Try to play and practice in different places.

(5)Your box drum should be tuned, try box drum tuning, find your most satisfactory voice.

(6)The hand and experience problems, this is also very important, even with the same drum, the veteran and the sound you play is absolutely different. Practice a lot and try to adjust your hand shape.


2.Q: The drummer in the practice box is very painful. Will it affect the learning of other instruments?


A:There is a price to pay for learning any instrument. Handache is a problem that every person practicing the drums will encounter. The practice box drum is a step-by-step process. For beginners, high-intensity exercises are more likely to cause pain and redness in the fingers. Beginners should grasp the length of the practice time and the use of strength. Do not pursue the effect of the exercise extremely. If you feel unwell, you can take a break. If you have a blistering hand, use a band-aid to protect it.

The drumming time is long, and there will be a layer of scorpion on the finger. This layer of scorpion can protect your hands well. But this layer of scorpion must be kept at least for more than a month before it can grow. It is very important to stick to the practice. If you only play one drum a week, because the practice time is too small, the state of finger pain will disappear for a long time.

If your hands are bubbling during the drumming process, look at the location of the foaming. Foaming indicates that your strength is concentrated at this point. This is wrong. Be careful to spread the power on your hands so that all the power can make a sound. Please try to adjust your hand shape. If the finger is really painful, you can find some band-aids tied to the pain.

Please be careful not to use brute force when playing drums, especially your wrist. If the wrist is too stiff, it is easy to get hurt. If you feel a little discomfort, you can wear a tight wristband to protect it. If you are seriously unwell, take a break to relieve it for a while.

In general, the hand pain is very normal, and the hands of each practice box drum are hurting. But playing drums is still a very healthy activity.


3.Q: Is the box drum solid wood?


A: Most of the world's major brands of plywood are plywood (there are a few parts of solid wood), thickness specifications vary according to the number of layers of plywood: 3,5,9,12,15,18mm, blow The panels are generally 3mm, it has three or five layers, and the outermost layer is thin and precious wood. It can show the texture of the wood. The characteristics of the plywood are: uniform characteristics, stable shape, and not easy to crack and deform.


4. Question:How long can the box drum learn?

A: There is no uniform standard for learning. Is it a simple accompaniment called learning? Still playing and retracting freely called learning? Maybe each newbie has different requirements for himself, and the answer is different. It is relatively easy for people with a music foundation to learn to play drums, especially those who have studied other percussion. It is easiest for them to learn box drums.

But students who often study box drums do not have any music foundation or other musical instrument experience. It doesn't matter if you are a part of this classmate. The drum is simpler and easier than other instruments, as long as you have both hands to play the sound directly. There are a lot of students who don't have any foundations playing very well, so there is no need to care too much about whether there is a music foundation. You don't want to imagine him too hard. It is currently the easiest percussion instrument I know. Back to the topic, I think that as long as you have enthusiasm and practice, one month of study time is enough. After a month of study, you can play accompaniment and perform together with friends. Of course, if you want to learn very well, it is not easy. Besides, it is not easy for all instruments to learn well. You can't be a master in a few years.


5.Q: Is the box drum self-study?

A: It is ok. Now the Internet is so developed. There are a lot of information videos on the Internet. There is no obstacle to self-study. If you just play the accompaniment of popular songs, it is even simpler. Some students with good rhythm can get started. When you are self-study, you should use your heart and learn to do the same thing and learn to think in your studies. It is very important to practice some basic rhythm patterns, control the stability of the beats, master the speed, and practice the basic skills. It is also a good way to practice with your favorite songs. Also, the most important thing is your enthusiasm and patience and perseverance!


6.Q: How to practice the stability of the beat?

A: The most effective way is to follow the metronome, although it is tedious and boring to practice with the metronome, but this is the most effective method. Will make your progress fast!


7.Q: Do you have to learn to practice the drums?

A: Yes, basically, any instrument should learn to pedal, and percussion is even more so. The benefits of foot pats are many, you can feel the rhythm of rhythm, you can stabilize the speed of the tempo, and so on. It’s a bit of a hassle to learn to step on the beat, but once you learn it, you will step on the beat unknowingly, and then you really feel the presence of the beat. If you want to learn the box drum, it is impossible to step on the beat. (Please refer to the forum for basic music and stamping related posts)


8.Q: Why is my box drum murmur "second time"?

A: It is not a murmur. It is the sound of the box drum chord. This sound is the characteristic of the box drum, which is equivalent to the slamming sound of the drum. Some people may not be used to this sound at first, but there is no way, the drum is like this. All you can do is use your strength to control the size of the string sound. After practicing the time, you will find that the sound is actually wonderful.

In general, the sound of the snare drum is quite obvious, especially when the snare drum string is installed in the middle of the box drum. In comparison, the sound of the guitar string is small, and the sound of the string will become smaller when the guitar string is tightened, so that more force is needed to strike the sound of the string.

The meaning of the existence of the drum is that it needs the "secondary" sound. If there is no such sound, it is no different from a wooden box.


9.Q: What is the relationship between the drum drum, the string position and the tone of the snare drum?

A: Generally speaking, there are two positions in the string that can be installed horizontally, 1, the lower part of the box drum, 2, the middle part of the box drum. The sound of the box drum installed in the lower part of the drum is obvious, the treble is not obvious, and the sound of the box drum is small. The sound of the box drum installed in the middle of the box drum is relatively inconspicuous in the bass, the treble is obvious, and the sound of the box drum is loud. I personally prefer to install the string in the middle of the box drum.

What is particularly important to note here is that the sponge that prevents the string from vibrating must be completely attached to each string. If it is not completely fitted, such as a sponge shift, this will cause no sponge on the individual strings, which will directly vibrate the panel and cause a lot of noise. So always check if the sponge is displaced. Also, be careful not to stack the wires that observe the strings, so there will be noise. In addition, there is a separate snare drum chord, which breaks the snares of the snare drum and folds vertically into the panel. This string is loud regardless of bass or treble.


10. Q: Is the accompaniment suitable for African drums or box drums?

A: I think the box drum is more suitable for pop music accompaniment. Although the African drum can also play accompaniment, it is more suitable than the box drum. Because the drum is a small drum, its sound is more suitable for accompaniment to pop music. The bass of the drum is better than the bass of the African drum and is easy to hit. Its high-pitched sound has a stringing sound, like a drum of a drum, and the sound of a string can also sound like a drum and a pedal, and people are more likely to accept the sound of the drum. Therefore, its tone determines that the drum is more suitable for accompaniment.

The above 10 questions and answers about playing cajon drum box are collected by Height Musical Instrument Co.,ltd,we hope it will do helps for all of you and wish you gain a higher level in your study of cajon.


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