10 advantages of the flamenco cajon

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Each and every musical instrument is special, boasting its own unique history and characteristics. But when it comes to percussion, the flamenco cajon offers far more than most. So, if you are thinking of getting started in the world of this unique instrument, take a look at this article from the +íon Percussion blog with the 10 advantages of the flamenco cajon. 

1. Indispensable in flamenco

The cajon has become a key instrument in flamenco, a well-known traditional musical genre that originated in Andalusia (Spain). Acoustically, the cajón can mimic typical elements of flamenco such as clapping, or the feet of a dancer where the bass notes recreate the rhythm played by the sole of the foot and the treble notes recreate the rhythm of the heel. As such, it blends beautifully with the singing, dancing and characteristic guitar playing of flamenco.

2. It is intuitive 

Being an instrument that is played with the hands, the flamenco cajon lends itself to intuitive playing, allowing the player to literally get a feel for the rhythm of the music. The responsiveness of the wood and the sensitivity of the player’s hands completely determine the type of sound that is produced. In this way, melodies can be created organically, without the need for sheet music, perfect for musicians who prefer to go with the flow. 

3. Adapts to any style

Aside from being an essential element in flamenco, the cajon is a versatile instrument that adapts easily to different musical styles and rhythms. Its sound adds a depth and nuance to almost any melody. The +íon cajon, with its unique drum heads on the sides, is especially useful for fusing different styles and providing something completely different.

4. Anyone can play it

It is never too late to learn to play the flamenco cajon. It is a beautiful instrument that adapts to any age and level. Young children, teenagers, adults or grandparents …it is suitable for absolutely everyone. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced musician looking to improve, the cajon will always provide a challenge and is heaps of fun to play, whatever you are learning. With multiple benefits for the soul and the body, why wait any longer?! Start playing the cajon today!

5. Takes up very little space

Moving unwieldy instruments from A to B is a common problem for percussionists. The flamenco cajon, on the other hand, is a very compact piece of kit. This means it is easy to transport, which allows it to be taken with you, wherever you’re going. However, to avoid damaging it, it is always advisable to carry it in a protective case or backpack for maximum comfort and durability.

6. It is played sitting down

The fact that the flamenco cajon is played sitting down is a big plus. This allows it to be played for prolonged periods of time as the player does not become weary of standing. As such, the musician can focus on playing the instrument and fully enjoy the musical experience, whether solo or accompanied.

7. It is an ideal accompaniment

For those who enjoy singing while playing the cajon or playing other instruments at the same time (such as drums or separate cymbals), the cajon is a perfect ally. This makes it a great choice for multi-instrumentalists who like to push the limits. At the same time it is the perfect instrument for accompanying other instruments in a band.

8. It is very durable

The flamenco cajón is a long-term investment as long as it is properly cared for. The durability of the wood and the exceptional built quality of the instrument mean that it will last a lifetime. Keeping it away from moisture, avoiding knocks, transporting it with a protective backpack and cleaning it frequently are key to ensuring that it stays in great condition for many years to come. 

9. Cultural value

The origin and history of the flamenco cajon is fascinating. It originated in Peru and was brought to Spain by Paco de Lucía, who was seduced by the qualities of the instrument. For this reason, the cajon is a symbol of international cultural value. It is part of flamenco, an artistic expression which was designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010.

10. It is a piece of art

The flamenco cajon is much more than a musical instrument. The craftsmanship involved in its manufacture makes it an exclusive piece of design. It is a three-dimensional sculpture, a work of art that brings a special magic to any environment. For this reason, the cajon even looks great as an ornament or piece of furniture in the home because of its unique presence and warmth.

Benefits of a +íon cajón: the evolution of the instrument

As we have seen, the traditional flamenco cajon offers a myriad of advantages. A +íon cajón, on the other hand, is a complete game changer. It represents the evolution of the instrument and takes it to a whole new level. The fusion of tradition and innovation makes our cajons unique and opens up a world of musical possibilities. 

The addition of interchangeable and tuneable drum heads on its sides means that it is several percussive instruments in one. These “íons” are inspired by different drums from around the globe, such as the darbuka, the djembe, the conga or the bongo. This gives the player endless rhythmic possibilities to create and experience a new way of making music. 

Visit our online store and order your very own +íon cajon to invest in your creativity and become part of the future of percussion. Let the fun begin!

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