Cajon & Cymbal

Hey Peeps! Here I share a bit about the cymbals I use with the cajon plus some very useful tips and some demonstrations of the different sounds, as well as what to look out for when getting cymbals.

I run through 5 of my cymbals, their sounds and what I thought was good/bad about them. This video covers all the basics you should know to get you started with playing the cymbal with the cajon! Enjoy!

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8 Replies to “Cajon & Cymbal”

  1. stumbler

    Excellent as always Heidi.
    Have you tried two cymbals together as a closed hi-hat for short sounds versus the ringing out of the splash/crash? Short and metallic to complement rather than contrast the cajon sound.

  2. Gavin Wickham

    Hi Heidi
    I am a drummer from Krugersdorp, South Africa. I currently play for an artist named Gert Koevert (Afrikaans Rock – Originals)(see on youtube). We needed to do some acoustic sets and after “discovering” you on youtube, decided to go the cajon route. I built my own cajon with adjustable snares and started playing after downloading your amazing lessons.(will send some pics and sound clips later)
    The whole band loves the “tribal” sound and feel of the cajon and it is now an integral part of our band.
    Many thanks for your efforts to teach and inform people about this great “drum kit”

    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Gavin!
      Lekker to hear from you all the way from Krugersdorp!!:-) Keep kicking and don’t forget to share some of your pics/vids with me!

      • Gavin Wickham

        Hi Heidi
        Off to play at KKNK in Oudtshoorn, will post when I get back.
        Congrats on the album, hope the launch will be awesome.(viewing some of your band vids I am sure it will be!)
        Keep on drumming!!

  3. Ryan Fernandez

    Hey Heidi, Absolutely love you!
    By the way I’m a drummer from Singapore and I’ve started playing the cajon at church. I use a crash cymbal on my cajon set-up. I use the paiste pst8 cajone cymbal. I used to use a paiste 101 16in crash, but it used to hurt my fingers. You should try the pst8 cymbal. I believe its made to be played with hands. It has an amazingly cutting crash with nice sustain and a decent decay.
    Try it you might find a new favourite cymbal haha.
    Love your videos and the way you play.

    • Heidi Joubert Post author

      Hey Ryan!
      Wonderful to hear from a Brother, Singapore sounds like fun, I can’t wait to visit. Sorry for the delay in replying, I have been extremely busy finishing our new Album called ‘Musica fina’ and arranging the Album launch concert, hence the delay! Anyway, the Album is done now and I am very happy to read your comment! I have had quite a few ppl already tellme about the pst8 cymbal and I will definitely try it out soon!!! I will let you know what I thought of it!
      Bless you!

    • Esther

      I would like to buy a cajon, but I have no idea how to choose a batter cajon, can u recommend me some nicer cajon?
      Thanks and best regards

      • Heidi Joubert Post author

        Hey Esther
        If you are unsure I would say that you could be safe with a La peru from Slaghwerk.. They’re pretty decent and they are available worldwide.


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