In December 2015 I launched the PlayCajon Podcast, (conversations with drummers and percussionist from around the world). The aim of the podcast is to bring you fascinating stories and perspectives from some of the most interesting and sometimes well known drummers and percussionists in the world.
Over the past few weeks I have been lucky enough to talk to some of the top people in the percussion world including Munyungo Jackson (Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis), Luis Conte (Madonna, James Taylor), Pete Lockett, Heidi Joubert, David Mortara, Steven Black, Jaron Mossman, and Mark Powers. With many more great people set to be on the PlayCajon Podcast.
To hear the current episodes go to: http://playcajon.org/category/podcast/
Subscribe on iTunes to get the latest episodes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/playcajon-with-paul-jennings/id1067020894?mt=2&ls=1
I wanted to let you know that we have some fantastic holiday cajon deals on my store this year including many new items from Sela and more.
Some hot new cajons include the Sela Varios, Sela Wave models, and the Quick Assembly Cajon Kit. We also have a range of accessories such as bags, brushes, seat pads, books, and more.
Click hear to view our Holiday Gift Guide
I wish you a happy holidays!
On Friday I was proud to launch version 2.0 of my cajon lesson website PlayCajon. It was the culmination of 6 months work on the re-design. We shot 20 new video lessons for a beginner course featuring Sela Cajons which now takes the over all quality of lessons along with the look and feel of the site to the next level.
The new lessons were all shot in a professional studio with the best audio and camera equipment. I really wanted to get the best possible sound and look with the new lessons and now we have that, we can move forward with each new lesson looking amazing.
PlayCajon now features three courses, a beginner course, an intermediate course, and an advanced course. Each course features 20 video lessons and are carefully constructed to advance you easily through your learning. Along with the courses, the site has new categories which organize the lessons in a way that makes it easy for you to quickly find the lesson you want.
The pricing on PlayCajon has stayed the same but now you also have the option to buy the individual courses if you wish.
The look and feel of the site now has a simple design that is easy to navigate and pleasing to the eye.
I can’t tell you how proud I am of PlayCajon. It really has taken an immense amount of work and devotion to bring it to the world and I will continue to strive to make it even better.
Last week I was delighted to be asked to be part of the Life-Like Podcast where I shared my life story so far.
Life-Like is a conversational interview podcast hosted by Minneapolis musician Schuyler Petersen [aka GREY(coyote)]. Cataloging conversations with interesting and prolific people (musicians, artists, activists, media moguls, etc.) from around the Twin Cities and elsewhere; the goal of this podcast is to inform, educate, entertain and hopefully bring everyone involved to a deeper understanding of the human condition.
If you have not already checked it out, Google plus is a fantastic way to share content, have discussion and build community. Google+ is also now now integrated with YouTube bringing your video content directly to your network. I have been on Google+ for a couple of years now and I have seen its format and layout improve a lot since Google launched it.
A great feature of Google+ is the communities. You can create a community of your own and invite people to join. Then you can share all manner of content and discuss.
I started the Cajon Players on Google+ community a while back and now it seems to be hotting up with many new members and great content. If you have something to share and want to engage in good discussion, we, in the cajon community would love to see you there.
2013 turned out to be probably one of the biggest years for me ever. Not only did I form a percussion distribution company, launch a new online store, but our company Paul Jennings Music also became the North American distributor for Sela Cajons, one of the world’s top cajon brands. We are continuing to build our lesson sites and have been working on PlayCajon version 2.0 which we are planning to launch in January 2014. The new site will have a lot of new content and great features. Along with all of this I managed to hit the road in the U.S and Europe with Red Hot Chilli Pipers for a bit too.
Here are some of the highlights from 2013.
Grew a beard.
Became North American distributor for Sela Cajons.
Shaved beard off as part of A Face Project.
Received first shipment of Sela Cajons into the U.S
Got a new bike.
Ran 10 miles!
Went on more bike rides.
Sold more cajons.
Went on epic bike trip…
On the same day as an epic storm. Abandoned epic bike trip.
Tried out one of these. Gave it back 🙂
Gave the cats more boxes.
Went to the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville.
Got me some boots.
Had us some fun in Nashville.
Drove across American again.
Played some fun shows.
Played some nice drums.
Did some telly.
Took some selfies.
Missed connection in Detroit with Alex Kosak.
Had to drive home.
Got a puppy!
ISLAY (EYE-LA) the PUPPY!
Taught Islay the business.
Put Islay to work for PJM.
Went to New Orleans.
Met up with Johnny Vidacovich for some inspiration and tuition.
Got the cats an iPad.
Went to the Berlin Wall.
Met up with Helmut Hage and Robert Zovko of Sela Cajons.
Celebrated 4 years of marriage.
Prepared for 2014.
This Hang solo by Daniel Waples is very cool indeed:
Ever since the hang drum hit the scene back in 2000, people have been drawn in by its hypnotizing sound. Originally created by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer in Bern, Switzerland, the instrument, that looks like a UFO, is constructed from two half-shells of deep drawn, nitrided steel sheet and fixed together leaving the inside hollow. The hang is then hammered to create the notes in a similar way that you would create a steelpan, but modified in such a way as to act as a Helmholtz resonator. The top side of the hang has a center ‘note’ called the “Ding” hammered into it and seven or eight ‘tone fields’ hammered out around the center. The bottom of the hang which is called the “Gu” is a plain surface that has a rolled hole in the center with a tuned note that is created when the rim is struck. The name Hang comes from the Bernese German word for hand.
Daniel’s website: http://www.hanginbalance.com
Daniel’s Facebook page: http://facebook.com/hanginbalance
I am delighted to announce that my new Cajon Lesson app for iPad is now available and also FREE.
The app was conceived at the NAMM Show in Nashville in July 2013 when I met John Butler, founder of Atlas Apps. Atlas are an up and coming app development company based in Denver, CO. After having a conversation at our booth about how big the cajon is getting around the world, John told me that he wanted to create a good quality Cajon Lesson app that is free to download and has a good amount of free lesson content. We decided that we should partner up to create the app.
So after a few months of development between Atlas Apps and Paul Jennings Music, Cajon Lessons for iPad is here. We are also currently working on the iPhone and Android versions right now. I will let you know when they are also available.
Here are some screen shots:
Download Cajon Lessons for iPad
Thank you to everyone who entered the Paul Jennings Music #buildyourgroove competition 2013. All of your entries were amazing and I had a lot of fun watching them all. All the fantastic entries equally made it very hard to pick winners. As you can see I decided to go with 2 joint 1st place winners who will each receive a Snare Cajon Kit. I very much look forward to the next #buildyourgroove competition. Thank you so much again for the great entries.
The winners are:
Joint 1st place: Suze Yuill (China)
Joint 1st place: Steven James Black (Scotland)
2nd place: Chris Cajon (Germany)
3rd place: James Downing (Ireland)
Amazing runner up entry: Rylee Bronner Kaplan (USA)
Amazing runner up entry: Gary O’hagan (Scotland)
I am delighted to announce the first ever #buildyourgroove competition where I am giving away a Snare Cajon Kit by Sela, a pair of Vater Cajon Brushes and a 1 year subscription to playcajon.org to the winner. I will also be giving prizes to the 2nd and 3rd place entries.
All you have to do is submit a photo or video that depicts building a groove in someway.
In a photograph or video (no longer than 3 minuets) I want you to #buildyourgroove. It could be as simple as just a cracking photo or video of you or someone else playing an instrument. Maybe you are actually building your own drum or musical instrument in the photo/video or maybe you are building a groove by making a creatively edited YouTube video, maybe it is just a great photo of someone playing a groove. Whatever your interpretation of the phrase “Build Your Groove” is, I can’t wait to see your entries.
The #buildyourgroove competition runs through November 2013 and I will be announcing a winner along with 2nd and 3rd place runners up on December 1st.
Here are some examples of what could be submitted:
If you have something that you think fits the bill, submit it to the Paul Jennings Music Facebook, tag #buildyourgroove and you might just win.