Around The World

Traditional Percussion on Drumset

Part 4: Cajon

by Arturo Stble

Living in New York City can be quite a rewarding experience for any artist. One of the things I love the most is the fact that I don’t have to travel very far to enjoy direct contact with cultures and traditions from all over the world. A few years ago, bassist/composer Edward Perez introduced me to the wonderful cadences of Afro-Peruvian music, and I have been hooked on them ever since.

There’s a vibrant Peruvian population in New York, especially around Queens, and if you visit Terraza Jazz Club, chances are you’ll hear some of these wonderful sounds. In this article I would like to share some ways to apply Afro-Peruvian cajon rhythms to the drumset, as well as some adaptations of Spanish flamenco.

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Lando on Cajon

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Lando on Drumset

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Festejo on Cajon

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Festejo on Drumset

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Vals on Cajon

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Vals on Drumset

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There’s a very deep musical tradition in the flamenco rhythms of southern Spain. These styles contain dozens of complicated variations. Here are some flamenco cajon patterns and their applications on the drumset.

Tango on Cajon

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Tango on Drumset

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Buleria on Cajon

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Buleria on Drumset

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Solea on Cajon

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Solea on Drumset

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Tanguillos on Cajon

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Tanguillos on Drumset

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Cuban-born percussionist Arturo Stable has performed with Dave Samuels, Esperanza Spalding, Paquito D’Rivera, David Sánchez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Miguel Zenón, and the Caribbean Jazz Project. For more info, visit arturostable.com.