Beginners lesson

Below you will find my free cajon lessons for beginners, arranged in order as I believe you should learn the excercises. It’s a form of a cajon course. More videos and lessons to follow, even with guitarist and bassist, so keep an eye out!

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lesson 1.

An introduction to the cajon, the basic sounds and a first excercise for the cajon

Lesson2

An introduction to the origin of the cajon and your first cajon funk groove

lesson 3

Funk / R&B / Hip-Hop – Basic 4/4 groove

Lesson 4

Here’s a basic Rumba groove lesson, explained and counted. A very important groove for any latin music!

Lesson 5

Blues/shuffle/R&B groove on the cajon Plus practise along song

Lesson 6

A first co-ordination groove lesson, where you learn to play with a brush, your foot and your hand simultaniously, and learn the samba groove

Lesson 7

Learn your first Bulerias (flamenco pattern) on the cajon,

how to count it, clap it and play it.

Lesson 8

A reminder on how important posture is and how to get the optimum sound out of your cajon.

Lesson 9

Another co – ordination groove lesson, this time we look at the bossa nova

Lesson 10

A lesson on how to mike up your cajon for live concerts and studio work.

96 Responses

  1. Senay Tulansoy Senay Tulansoy

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    Hi Heidi Joubert!
    I’m from Turkey.My English is very bad but I think this is not an obstacle. you have followers from many countries. a sweet proposal :p You can select a person from each country. to give us Courses. ‘universal percussion’ (not a problem, it’s just a dream I just had a wish.) :D if one day , you will make this suggestion if you. I’ll be ready Forever.
    Thanks for the videos
    Thanks to you and your team..

    Stay with music..
    Senay.

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  2. Daniel Said Daniel Said

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    I have watched almost all of your lessons to begin to play Cajon.
    I love your videos,
    I love Your tastes,
    I love all the graphical concepts within room-athmosphere in your clips,
    all the esthetic.
    You are a great artist.
    I love your music
    Thanks very much for all

    Daniel

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  3. fangjun fangjun

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    Hi Heidi!
    See your video feel harvest, I want to ask you this kajon drum sound and some of the drum big difference? See your video that you have the special elasticity and easy feeling playing on a panel at the time playing, can emit two sound don’t know how you fight?

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  4. Tania Bosak Tania Bosak

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    Hi Heidi,
    thanks so much for these great lessons, and very cool to hear you sing with the cajon …
    I look forward to being able to join an online class soon…

    cheers
    TB
    from Melbourne, Australia

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  5. Andras Andras

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    Hi Heidi!
    Your videos are great! I’m glad you do this.
    I play the drums since 2012, but the instrument is too big. Always I play on concerts, my drum needs a full car, so I decided to sometimes play the cajon instead of the drums. I thought with the cajon and cymbals it is almost the same as the drums.
    Your videos helped me a lot. I’m about to buy a cajon, but I have a question.
    What kind of cajon do you recommend me? (The cajon with the gitarstring, or wirestring..?)

    I play in a Christian worship band.I play in churches as well.

    Best wishes,
    András (from Hungary)

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  6. jose tao jose tao

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    hi can u send me one but ineed for a speciall party….hahaha ok i good for every body share mean care…thank for u….

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  7. Colin Colin

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    Hey Heidi, thanks for inspirational videos, the more I try to play the more respect I have for your playing. I’m struggling & getting frustrated also enjoying it…… Keep up the great work

    Regards
    Colin

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  8. Mick Mick

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    Whoops, of course I meant to say Fermando’s Kitchen…right let’s tackle than rumba pattern…x

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  9. Yianni Yianni

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    Hi Heidi,

    Thanks for doing such an sterling job and posting these videos. Learning a musical instrument has been a lifelong dream of mine for ages and after seeing a cajon being played in a jazz/funk band in Barcelona a few years back I was sold. I finally got one for xmas 2013 and these videos have made the whole process a lot easier so thanks and keep up the good work.

    All the best

    Yianni

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  10. Guilherme Guilherme

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    Ola!! Parabéns pelo seu som e aulas!!!
    Muito bom!!!! Sou musico e estou iniciando no cajon e suas aulas são de grande ajuda!

    Obrigado!

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  11. Lar Lar

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    Hi Heidi, fantastic percussion and teaching skills – thank you so much for doing the teachings!!! and ditto on the beauty comments – i hope that you have a blessed life with the one that wins your hearts affection. Keep up the great work and may you be very prosperous too!!!!

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  12. Jérôme Jérôme

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    Bonjour Heidi,

    Vos cours sont trop bien et vous jouer merveilleusement bien c est un vrai plaisir ……

    Jérôme

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  13. Ivan Mayorquin Ivan Mayorquin

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    Hello please you have the tracks sounf for exemple bass with the practice cajon?
    I liked your system education program but i need this tracks.
    Thanks and God Bless

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  14. Adrian Adrian

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    Hey Heidi! Amazing work with your videos!
    I have recently purchased a regular drum set. Before that, I was using my cajon, and pretend to keep using it. With the drum set, i bought a 16” Stagg DH medium crash.
    My question is, if I hit it with my fingers, will it distort? I mean, I don’t want to ruin it for the drum set, since it’s all new.

    Thanks for your time!
    Adrian

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  15. dangthanh dangthanh

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    Hi Heidi Joubert

    I really look attractive when you play the cajon
    You have inspired me
    Thank your lessons
    a fan from Vietnam!

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  16. asep s asep s

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    thank you very much your video lesson is very help a lot to improve my skill,and i am enjoy your video coz you’re talented and beautiful of course haha.i hope someday i could see live at the watching your perform

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  17. Mark Doherty Mark Doherty

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    Hi Heidi,

    I’m purchasing my first Cajon next month which will introduce me into the world of percussion. I’m currently residing in Zhuhai in the South of China here near Hong Kong and Macau and am an active professional drummer and pianist, teaching and performing and am excited about learning the Cajon and expanding my horizons. I will study your videos carefully and email you with any specific questions,

    Thanks,

    Mark

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  18. Byron Byron

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    I’m sorry, I didn’t know that you’d replied to my question on youtube.
    Anyways, you are great!

    - Byron

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  19. Byron Byron

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    Hello Heidi,
    I am new to cajon and am currently saving up to buy your line of cajon right now so I am using a shoebox with a hole to practice. However, I wanted to ask if you use metronomes when your performing or it’s just for exercises only?
    And, after finish watching all of your cajon basic course videos, and in order to improve playing cajon, I watched other videos.
    However, they’re not like you because they didn’t play slowly after going at a regular speed demo, thus I can’t learn the groove/beats that they demonstrated in the video. Do you have this kind of trouble in the past, and if you didn’t, does it mean that I am just not good or talented as you to play the cajon? :[
    - Byron {bigfan}

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  20. Ben Ben

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    Heidi!!
    These are some great instructional videos you have going here. Really diggin it! They are totally a ton of help; so thanks so much for doing this. I would like to ask where you get your loops from in garageband. I really liked the way you had your iPhone playing the kickin bass lines for the Blues Shuffle in Lesson 5. If there is any way that I can grab that bass file from you or you can point me in the right direction so that I can grab some off the internet, it would be really cool. I’ve been trying to get the shuffle groove for awhile now and I think the garageband thing is an awesome idea. Thanks in advance,
    ~Ben

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  21. Hari Hari

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    Hi heidi. I am from nepal far away you….i used to play drums but its been a long time i didnt touch cuz its take big space and i dont have such a big space so i make my own cajon and trying learning by watching your videos so plz keep posting more videos so i can learn fromit

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  22. René René

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    Hi Heidi!

    Now that I’m through your beginner’s lesson I feel also dedicated to leave a comment here. :)
    I used to play the drums until 6 or 7 years ago and then stopped making music completely (however I never gave up the plan to starting again!).
    Looking around on YouTube for good rhythms I found your lesson’s and inspired by this I decided to get me a cajon (unfortunately not a Cruz Cajón which I first recognized after ordering the first one). A few weeks ago I joined a Irish Folk Band. They were looking for a drummer and I suggested to try it with my cajón and me. This weekend we played the first time publically and it was great. I only can say thank you! When you’re playing with your band in Germany I would love to see and hear you playing.

    All the best from snowy Berlin, Germany.

    René

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  23. Marc@ProtonStation Marc@ProtonStation

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    Hi Heidi -

    I am from Toronto, Canada. Thanks for posting your videos – they are very well done. I am also a djembe player that is used to notating rhythms. Could you tell me if there is a common notation system for cajon? I would like to notate some of the rhythms I have been learning and adapting to cajon, and I’d like to start with a system right so I don’t have to rewrite it later. Any information would be useful. Cheers.

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  24. Norberto Norberto

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    Hello Heidi,
    Thank You so much for your cajon videos, especially the beginner series. I have learned a lot. You are a great teacher and take the time to explain how to play the instrument properly. Please continue to add to your beginner videos. One wish would be to see a whole lesson on the Bossa Nova technique with the use of just hands to play the basic rhythm. Its seems like such a simple rhythm, but I just can’t get it right. I will be buying your new CD soon as I love your music. I am a total fan of Fernando’s Kitchen. Any chance you are coming to the US to play, anytime soon? Keep up the great work!!!

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  25. Iked Thijs Etpison Iked Thijs Etpison

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    Hi Heidi,
    Thank you for all of the free videos you’ve been posting! How long have you been playing? I’ve played the drums for a while and recently bought a cajon and I’ve learned a lot from your videos and just wanted to say you are amazing! You are a great teacher and I wish you had classes in Holland! Is there any chance that you know anyone in Rotterdam who offers Cajon lessons?

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  26. Miguel Miguel

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    Hi Heidi.

    Almost always listening to Vicente Amigo, Paco de Lucía, Chano Domínguez, etc. and now I have discover my next instrument, el cajón.

    Listen
    1-2……1-2-3……4-5-6……..7-8-9-10…….
    Te suena de algo…
    Don’t lost the “duende” that you have.

    Miguel from Madrid, pura vida.

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  27. Angela Angela

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    I love your lesson. I whish you have a lesson cd soon. Best whishes from Munich Germany

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  28. Adrian Adrian

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    Heidi, Great videos – I’m still getting stuff from them ! Love the new funky one ! Keep up the good work.

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  29. Chris Chris

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    Curious on what you use for your cymbal? I have been trying to find an ultra thin crash but ended up getting just a thin crash (Wuhan) and waiting on it to arrive. Hopefully I will be able to play it by hand without hurting too much! :)

    Great videos and thanks so much for the instruction!

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  30. Samuca Samuca

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    Muchas muchas gracias por estos videos, estoy empezando y ya aprendí un ritmo gracias a sus videos, estoy muy emocionada por aprender más son muy buenos. :D Felicidades por la web esta genial!!

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  31. Emiliano Emiliano

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    hola! heidi.
    Muchas gracias por las lecciones, hace poco
    compre mi primer cajon, un 2 en 1 ( un lado peruano, y el otro flamenco )
    y ahora gracias a vos, estoy aprendiendo poco a poco como tocarlo.
    muchas gracias de nuevo!

    saludos desde argentina!

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  32. paula paula

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    hola Heidi! hace rato que estoy practicando con tus videos, son excelentes!!! te felicito! tenia una consulta para hacerte, cuando empece a practicar note que se me habia hinchado una falange de la mano izquierda (con la que hago el sonido agudo en el cajon) del cuarto dedo contando desde el pulgar, y me dolia bastante, por lo que tuve que estar varios dias sin tocar…ese dolor se fue, pero ahora siento la misma hinchazon y dolor en la misma falange del dedo medio de esa misma mano, sera que estoy teniendo una mala tecnica al tocar o simplemente que mi cajon no es de buena calidad? tendre problemas futuros por los que deba ir al traumatologo?

    mil gracias y un gran saludo desde Argentina!

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    1. paula paula

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      I´m wainting for your reply! I really want to know what you think, if it´s missunderstood please tell me and I´ll write my question again :) happy new year!!

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  33. Victor Victor

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    I am from Malaysia. Cajon is being popularised here in this country. Thank you so much for your wonderful lessons. I can’t find any teacher that teaches cajon, except watching and learning from youtube. Just a question, I am learning lesson 4 (rhumba), how can I speed up the rhythm? I can do it slowly, but once I speed it up, the whole groove collapse. Can give some tips how to speed things up? Thank you so much.

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  34. Dave Dave

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    I made a cajon a couple of weeks ago and as I’m a drummer thought it would be easy to play the cajon. After looking at you lessons I’m now ‘feeling it’ and transferring my drum skills over. Impressed with you lovely, relaxed style. Keep it up girl:)

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  35. Yamil Yamil

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    Ole!!!!!

    Heidi, muchas gracias por tus clases y tomarte el tiempo….. Señorita a mi me gusta su style….
    Very good Job, ur class its awesome, and been learning a lot….. Can u do one more class with the guitar,,, how to follow the guitar… Altos y bajos? Pls pls pls..:)..

    Muchas Gracias…
    Yamil from PR….
    Rasta Nurse….

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  36. Natalia Natalia

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    No se si sera muy tonto lo que te cuento, pero me cuesta mucho no hacer espejo con las manos, y lo hago al reves! jajaja..

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  37. Natalia Natalia

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    Hola! Un gusto haber encontrado esta pagina, sos una genia! Siempre quise tocar percusion y me dijeron que empiece con un cajón peruano, que me encanta. Ahora estoy re feliz con tus clases pero practico con el borde de la silla jajaja… que cajon me recomendas que me mande a hacer? Que es el cajón cruz? Ojala vinieras a Argentina!!… Besos!

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  38. Peter den Boogert Peter den Boogert

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    I will be starting to follow your lessons soon when I have my Cajon. Will you come to Holland some day and perhaps perform at our little region radiostation?

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  39. mike mike

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    hello heidi!

    your videos are great pls post more
    maybe you make an europe tour?

    thx

    greetz from austria ;)

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  40. Ezequiel Ezequiel

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    Heidi thank you and keep posting, i love your videos.

    Greetings from Argentina. Please visit us!!!!!!

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  41. Pepe Pallares Pepe Pallares

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    Hi Heidi,

    I’m Mexican and i love the percussion, really get to work and learn a new instrument to forget everything, is beautiful!!!, thank your lessons are great!!!

    Saludos y buena vibra!!

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  42. Gudu Gudu

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    Hi Heidi ! I’m from Brazil !
    When you come to visit us ? To personally appreciate your musicality!

    Kisses,

    Gudu

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  43. phil kirk phil kirk

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    Hi everybody. Just received my new Cruz Cajon “Leon” all the way from Barcelona to Plovdiv, Bulgaria with no problems whatsoever. It is number 5 and fresh from the workshop. Looks great, now starting to annoy the neighbours (joke) by practising everyday. Heidi I love your lessons as they are easy to follow but saying that I think the flamenco rhythm will take me some time to master (got to learn to count in spanish – right!) keep music live! Phil, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

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  44. Buffy F. Buffy F.

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    Hello Heidi,

    The cajon is brand new to me. Saw your videos and went out the next day and got myself a cajon. Today I will follow your first lesson with my new cajon. I play the guitar and I am hoping I can add the cajon to my music. I started with guitar a year ago. Looking forwards to learn more about this beautiful instrument the cajon. Thank you for sharing your knoledge with us. Can´t wait to be able to introduce some sounds to my own music. I loved your lessons!!! Love hearing you play!!!

    Thank you for introducing the cajon to the world!!!

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  45. Paulina Paulina

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    I had bought the cajon recently and I didn’t know how play this instrument. Since the cajon in Poland is still few popular instrument, I have no place to learn on it. I was looking for something on the internet for a long time, but no lessons didn’t fit me, and I didn’t understand a lot of words because I don’t know English so well :P And today, something wonderful happend – I found your lessons and immediately I liked how you play and how you explain. Your videos are very helpful !
    As you can see, your lessons help people from all over the world, it is amazing, thank you for this very, very much! You are great! And I hope you will continue this videos, that why I wish you so much strength and an even greater love for what you do!

    Greetings from Poland :)

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  46. John Kuba John Kuba

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    Thanks for the awesome tutorials! After a few weeks of watching your videos and practicing I actually had the courage to join a local Flamenco group, you’re an amazing teacher.

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  47. Thomas Thomas

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    I think I just fell in love. Your lessons are great! Thank you.

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  48. Oliver Oliver

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    Hi Heidi,

    Thanks for providing these superb video lessons. For me as a beginners it is sometimes hard to follow – event though I play drums for a while now. One thing that is particularly weird is having to “mirror” you in my brain – your right hand is on the left on the screen. Probably it would make sense to mirror your videos, or introduce a different camera angle filming in “birds eye view”. Or simply to have the tabs/scores published under each video. Your RLRL notation with the bold letters is a very good idea, but putting it below the video as text or picture would be helpful for practicing, without having to rewind the video.

    Keep up the excellent work!

    Oliver

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  49. David David

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    Finding your lessons a perfect warmup before meeting at a community drum circle in Casper, Wyoming. Many thanks!

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  50. Antonio Rodriguez Antonio Rodriguez

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    I’m from Madrid, Spain, so I do not speak or understand English very well, but I am learning a lot from your video lessons.

    It’s a shame not to live in the same city and country to attend your classes.

    Thank you.

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  51. Dusten Hubbard Dusten Hubbard

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    Thank you for keeping this updated with even more lessons! This is starting to become my new favorite site, it’s my one stop place for all things cajon. Thanks again Heidi for keeping me excited and motivated to learn more and push myself as a beginner cajon player.

    Keep up the good work,
    Dusten

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  52. Michael R Michael R

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    Hi. I found your videos on youtube and since then found and now use your web page. Its great to have a page structured like this in order of which to follow the videos. Having learnt guitar by youtube its hard as all the videos are mixed together with no order, but its nice to be able to follow a method such as you have laid out, of which meant I went and bought my first Cajon today, a DG Chanela of which you are teaching me well.
    Thank you kindly for the help and inspiration,
    Michael

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  53. Fernanda Strelow Fernanda Strelow

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    Hi Heidi,
    Im brazilian but I live in Barcelona. Your video lessons are amanzing!!!! I didnt have any idea of how to play the cajon, and now only 3 weeks after I started practicing, I can follow all your lessons. Please keep uploading more videos, they are great and help a lot!!! I always thought that my right hand would be the “smart” hand, but sudenly I found out that the smart hand is the left one :D
    Actualy, when I´m playing I disconect from all my problems, its an hour of my day that I relax. I love it!!
    Can ask you a couple of things? First of all, when are you planning to come to Barcelona? And the second thing is, can you teach the TURN (I dont know if thats the word I have to use… between the compasses)?

    thanks a lot
    xxxx

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  54. Naveen Naveen

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    You are Amazing and Brilliant Cajon Player as well as trainor I have ever seen in my life. All your uploaded videos are very good. Keep uploading some more videos for beginners. Thank you very much for providing this wonderful training.

    Regards,
    Naveen G

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