Hoilday Cajon Deals at BuyCajon

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Hey guys!

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!

Paul.

PlayCajon Version 2.0

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.

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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.

– PJ

Visit PlayCajon

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Cajon Community on Google+

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.

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Snare Cajon Kit by Sela. Version 2.0

The New Snare Cajon Kit

It has a super punchy bass, it has a snare that cuts through, it will allow you to achieve dozens of additional tones, it has a removable snare, it is a fun project, it is a drum set in a box. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to the most advanced, affordable kit cajon on the market.

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The New Snare Cajon Kit by Sela is pushing boundaries and ticking all the boxes (pardon the pun).

New Features

The main new feature with the new model is that it features the Sela Snare System which is the same one that is used on the CaSela models. The Sela snare is totally removable and adjustable. You can also stack additional snares on top of the first snare to give you maximum snare sound.

The Sela logo has now been placed on the front instead of the side. This makes the Snare Cajon Kit much more ascetically pleasing.

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The Sound

This cajon would stand up against many top of the line cajons in the sound department. I can honestly say as a professional percussionist, I have never heard a cajon that sounds as good as this for the price. The bass has a powerful punch and the snare gives an excellent crack but the best part is all the additional tones that you can get when you run your foot up and down the front plate. I would seriously use this cajon at any gig.

It’s all in the box

Everything you need to build your snare cajon is in the box. Only a power drill is needed to complete construction. You don’t have to be a gifted craftsman to build the Snare Cajon Kit because all of the parts are prefabricated and make assembly very easy. Each step is well documented and easy to follow in the included manual.

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The spec:

– Body: 11 layers birch, 15mm

– Playing Surface: Poplar Veneer, 3mm

– Sela Snare System (Adjustable & Removable)

– Solid bass tone

– Excellent snare crack

– Many additional tones are achievable

– Weight: 13lbs

– Footing: Nonslip rubber feet

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The Snare Cajon Kit is $149.99 and is available from www.pauljenningsmusic.com

Angel Mary & The Tennessee Werewolves – Folsom Prison Blues

Back in July this year (2013), the day before the summer NAMM show in Nashville, TN. I walked into a Wells Fargo bank to do some routine banking. After chatting with the teller and mentioning that I was in town for the NAMM show, a young, mean lookin fella shouted over to me, “Ya’ll goin to NAMM”, I said “Why yes!” After a short conversation I found out the man was not that mean at all and that his name was Christian Wolf, drummer with the fast rising Nashville based band: Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves. We agreed that we should connect at the show.

After meeting on the first day and having an impromptu cajon jam at our booth, I realized Christian was not only part of an amazing  band but also a fantastic drummer. We decided to fully endorse Christian as a Sela Cajon artist.

Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves have just released this great video of their version of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues. The video features Johnny and June’s own son: John Carter Cash &  Anthrax guitarist: Rob Caggiano

The Folsom Prison Blues video

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Presenting Christian Wolf with his CaSela Professional Snare Cajon at summer NAMM

I can’t wait to watch Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves soar to success in the months and years to come.

PJ

Touring the CaSela Pro Snare Cajon

I am sitting in Hartford’s Bradley international airport having completed a one month U.S tour with the Scottish bagpipe mega show: Red Hot Chilli Pipers. I have 6 hours before my flight home to Minneapolis so I thought I would write a bit about touring with the CaSela Professional Snare Cajon.

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Getting the CaSela Satin Nut ready for the stage. We decided to put a Sure beta 91 inside which works a treat for big and small shows alike.

Apart from how cool the CaSela looks under the lights, the sound of this cajon once it is miked up and blasting through a huge PA system is very impressive. The low end gives you a bass tone that will rival many kick drums. I love playing big festival shows and seeing the reaction of the crowd when I hit a hard, low note. You can see that they were not expecting it.

The CaSela is very responsive so it will pick up and project even the softest ghost notes. When I do my freeform solo in the show, I like to play with the dynamics and tones of the cajon, the Sela let’s you do this with ease.

Cajons can often be notorious for creating feedback, with the CaSela, because it delivers a dryer, punchy sound, it does not turn into a feed back chamber so your sound engineer will love you for it.

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The CaSela Satin Nut with my Red Hot Chilli Piper percussion rig

All-in-all the CaSela Professional Snare Cajon is a great touring cajon and will do everything you ask of it while looking lovely under the lights.

I will post some videos of the tour when I get them.

PJ.

Alex Acuna Interview

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A while back I asked legendary drummer & percussionist Alex Acuña if I could do an interview with him. To my delight he said yes.

(Paul)
As a Peruvian, the cajon is obviously part of your cultural heritage. What are some of your early experiences with the cajon?.

(Alex)
A great player his name is Canano Barrenechea used to record all the Peruvian music at the studio where I used to work in Lima in the 60s,  he played  the rhythms from the north of Peru,  (the tonderos and marinerasstyles) He show me some beats on the cajon, later in the late 70s I went to other players in Lima from Peru negro and they show me the rhythms of the Afro Peruvian music that were and still are very popular in Peru and all over the world NOW!!!!

(Paul)
What cajon players have influenced you over your life?

(Alex)
All of the Peruvians – Cajoneros of course, to name a few,  Ronaldo Campos, Caitro Soto de la Colina, Pititi, Chocolate Argendones and, also the yonger players – present ones, Gigio Parodi, Rony Campos, Marcos Campos.

(Paul)
How do you feel about the ever growing popularity of the cajon across the world today?

(Alex)
Its fantastic!!!! – Im very proud of course.  BTW The first time a cajon was recorded in a major label, the artist was with Chick Corea 1983 in LA at Madhatters studios.

(Paul)
There are many players experimenting with new ways of playing the cajon these days. What do you feel about the development of the cajon?

(Alex)
Again fantastic!!!! the Cajon is an instrument that can fit any musical set up and genre, Classical, acoustic, jazz, Latin etc…  I love to see so many people playing it and of course there are many different techniques and ways of playing, etc…But I love to hear and see what’s happening with the Peruvian Instrument El Cajon Peruano.

(Paul)

You have played with many prolific artists in your career, who inspires you?

(Alex)

All of them for different reasons, there are so many it can take to long to elaborate, Ill mention some of them. Wayne ShorterJoe ZawinulElvin JonesJaco Pastorious Chick CoreaPaco de LuciaHerbie HancockJohn Williams. The list goes on and ON…

(Paul)
Was the cajon ever used in your time with Weather Report?

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(Alex)
No, but right after that I did it when we recorded with Chick Corea and Paco de Lucia  the name of the CD is “Touch Stone”.

(Paul)
As a set drummer, do you find the cajon, with its kick and snare type sounds, a good substitute for drum set in certain situations?

(Alex)
Well,,,,I know what you saying…but nothing can replace the real drums….I know,,,I know…But I have never thought of the cajon in those ways, but maybe  that will work when is played in a simple set up or simple beats..but when its played in the Peruvian hard core music, like the festejos, lando, etc… it is the main percussion instrument, who will dictate that style of music and the player must have lots of chops and great rhythm. The same will be when is played in the Flamenco music.  Another observation, The cajon player needs to know how to play drums to make it feel like a drummer, its all about the knowledge and attitude of the real set player…Honest opinion.

(Paul)
Do you ever use any other percussion, such as a conga, in a set up with the cajon or would you normally just play the cajon by its self?

(Alex)
Again because I am a drummer and a percussionist I have developed great coordination’s and that gives me so many choices to use the cajon in many and any ways I like.

(Paul)
In your opinion, what are some of the best cajon makes on the market today?

(Alex)
I have to say the ones made in Peru for my company – GonBops,  Alex Acuna Limited Edition,  its made the real ways because the Peruvians have been making cajons for a very long time –  some great cajons are also being made in Spain.

(Paul)
What projects are you working on right now?

(Alex)
This week I m going to play with Peter Erskine “Drummers of WR” and the next week Ill be in NY recording 2 CDs with Chick CoreaJohn MclaughlinPaco de Lucia and Jack d Johnette. Later I will be playing four concerts with John Patitucci in Peru, Santo Domingo, Chile and Argentina. In June I’ll be at the Puerto Rico Jazz Heineken, With Paquito d RiveraEddie PalmieriMichel Camilo, they’re all Jazz events Which I love so much.  And In the summer Ill be in Europe with Bobby Mcferrin…etc…always very busy, practicing, teaching and recording a lot.

It was an absolute pleasure to interview Alex. He continues to be one of the most influential drummers around today.

More info on Alex Acuna:
Alex Acuña was born in Pativilca, Peru. He played in local bands from the age of ten, then moved to Limain his teens. In 1974 Acuña moved to Las Vegas and began working with artists such as Elvis Presley andDiana Ross. The following year he joined the jazz-fusion group Weather Report, appearing on the albumsBlack Market and Heavy Weather. Acuña left Weather Report in 1978 to focus on work as a session musician in California.

Acuña has recorded and played live with Paul McCartneyJoni MitchellElla FitzgeraldJim WalkerChick CoreaWhitney HoustonPlácido DomingoPhil Keaggy, Sergeant Petter, Sam Phillips, former Weather Report bandmates Wayne Shorter and Joe ZawinulHerbie HancockCarlos SantanaAntonio Carlos JobimBeckRoberta FlackU2, and Al Jarreau. He can be found on recordings by musicians as culturally diverse as Javier Malosetti, Lee RitenourPeter GabrielJohnny CleggRobbie RobertsonJackson Browne and Flavio Sala.

Sela Cajon on ABC News at NAMM

One of the things about Summer NAMM 2013 that we did not expect was all the great media attention we managed to attract. As well as doing interviews for Balcony TV and Drummer Cafe, we also were asked to to a live interview on ABC Morning News. This was great for us and Sela Cajon who we were representing at the show.

Here we are on ABC Morning News

Free Cajon Lessons

Hello cajon people. I wanted to let you know about our new site: freecajonlessons.com. It features a beginner cajon course as well as a technique section and a grooves section.

The beginners course will give you a good start on cajon, teaching you the first things you will need to know. The technique section will start you on a road to refining your style and making the cajon your own. In the groove section you will find free lessons on grooves from all over the world.

Here is a sample lesson

Visit www.freecajonlessons.com for more lessons.