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Cajon Drum | What is a Cajon?
If you were to search the Internet you would see that there are several versions of the history of the cajon. This seems to stem from the fact that there are several different countries that had one version or another of the cajon. Below is a summary of the history as told from various contries:
The Cajon - A Brief Historical Synopsys
Regardles of which country's or sources version of the history of the cajon you study the version of events is basically the same. Slaves and/or less prvilaged (poor) members of society had no ability to get their hands on real drums. Instead, they found crates, dresser drawers, and virtually anything else wood and hollow and began to use them as drums. Not alll that different from many a boring french class and the hollow desks or plastic chairs many drummers used to pass the time in school! As any drummer will tell you, if yu can get different tones out of it why not bang out a quick rythym to pass the time?
The Cajon Today
There are several versions of the cajon available today. Virtually every major company, and many smaller ones, have at least one version of the cajon in their list of products. They come in many shapes, sizes and types; all of which have a specific sound and/or purpose. Some of the more popular versions are discussed below:
There are new types of cajon drums appearing everyday but the list above highlights the main types. Whatever type you decide to play, this is a very versitile instrument that is fun to play!