Friday, 11 November 2011

The cajón drum.

Every Sunday afternoon, a rhythmic pounding echoes up from Plaza El Descanso.  A band of musicians meet to play a variety of percussion instruments.  The most basic and perhaps interesting of these instruments is the cajón drum.  It is a simple timber box with a sound hole in the back.  Sometimes, strings are attached to the inside to give a deeper effect.  The musician sits on top of the drum and uses their palms and finger tips to produce music.

1 comment:

  1. Terry made one of these earlier this year, we haven't quite got the strings right but the sound is good. Although I think we need the rest of these dudes to play with us.