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Cajon Accessories - Shaker

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What's this module about?

This is an introduction to accessorising your Cajon. Byron explains how to tastefully use the shaker to compliment your Cajon playing. To be able to effectively use a shaker, you need to build strong independence between both hands, and learn how to play a Cajon groove in one hand only; so the other is free to use the shaker. This chapter takes you through varying exercises to work on your independence and merging the shaker into your rhythms.

What will I learn?

In this module, you will learn:

  • How to use a shaker while playing your Cajon
  • Explanation of how to use a shaker, including technique and different rhythmic subdivisions
  • Detailed breakdown of how to play the Cajon in ONE HAND, providing room for the shaker hand
  • How to incorporate bass-slide, accents and ghost notes into your one hand Cajon groove!
  • How to use the shaker in context of the slow Pop Ballad groove studied in Chapter 9
  • Cajon and shaker exercises in different rhythmic subdivisions (quavers & semiquavers)
  • How to play the shaker and Cajon at varying tempos
  • How to add FILLS on the shaker and Cajon (which really develops your independence between both hands)
  • Learn how to adapt to a stage or studio setting
What is included?
  • HD (High Definition) video with close ups and various camera angles so you can clearly observe the techniques and rhythms
  • Complimentary PDF document with detailed score (music notation) and written analysis of the rhythms discussed
How long is the module?
  • This chapter runs for 7 minutes
  • This module is a condensed version of material equivalent to 2-3 standard intermediate lessons
About your teacher

Byron is a professional percussionist, drummer, pianist and composer based in Sydney, Australia. He has a strong interest in Flamenco and African drumming and has studied both at home and abroad (Spain, Africa) with artists including Juan Flores, Ramon Porrina and Sibo Bangoura. Byron is a sought after musician performing regularly with numerous groups including flamenco ensemble Pena Flamenca, artists from The Voice including Lionel Cole and Rosie Henshaw, and acoustic duo Kinetic Method. Byron is a passionate educator with a Bachelor of Music and a Masters of Teaching from University of Sydney and he loves to share his knowledge and skills with people in an inspiring and fun way.
Find out more about Byron here

"Before discovering Byron's lessons I didn't think there could be much to learn about hitting a box... I couldn't have been more wrong. Thanks to Byron's lessons and experience I have been exposed to a whole world of techniques that would make anybody's playing more fun and interesting. These lessons will have you practicing and improving for a very long time. Highly recommended." Bradley Benson, Musician

Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: Some experience with Cajon, Drum kit or Percussion
Start Date: Anytime
Teacher: Byron Mark
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