by Miguel Monroy

Wilco’s Glenn Kotche gave an interview in the January 2013 issue of Percussive Notes, in which he cited Max Roach as an influence to his multi-percussion approach to the drumset: “[Roach] called drumset the original multicultural and multiple percussion instrument, and that’s exactly what it is.” If you ever have the good fortune to watch Kotche play, you’ll learn quickly that the only limit to what he strikes, hits, scrapes, or taps is his imagination.

All of us drummers, or rather multi-percussionists, are free to explore a similar level of creative music making, and if you’re looking for something to fuel your imagination, consider checking out Dixon’s new Cajon Pedal Plus ($99). You’re probably thinking, How is a cajon pedal going to inspire me to do anything but play cajon? It’s that little word plus in the name that should clue you in. In addition to its functionality as a cable-driven cajon pedal, this handy piece of hardware boasts the ability to have the beater post removed from the base and mounted to any tube from 10.5 mm to 38.10 mm in diameter. What does that mean for you? Well, during our testing of the Cajon Pedal Plus we were able to mount the beater to a tambourine, a cowbell, a Zildjian 18″ Spiral cymbal, and the bottom of a floor tom to convert it to a cocktail-style bass drum. Almost anything we wanted to strike with a beater was now a possibility.