Heidi on stage with Patax Trio (Jorge Perez) at Bougui Jazz Club, Madrid

Heidi Joubert playing cajon and singing, accompanied by the amazing Jorge Perez and his famous Patax Trio and performing in the renowned Bougie Jazz Club, Madrid, Spain.

What a gig! What an experience, to be playing with such incredible musicians. I sure had fun 🙂

Video coming soon

What famous jazz clubs have you been to?

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New London Cajon Classes

Meet some of my lovely cajon students! They totally rock! It’s always a great pleasure to teach them, and after class I am normally quite high due to the energy we share in class. Thank you peeps, our classes is one of the highlights of my week.

We had a tiny studio last night and fit 12 players into it, it was hilarious, loud, fun and very very warm! Next week we’re in the big dance studio, yay!!

Long live beats, boxes and beautiful people! Life without it would totally suck.

Thanks to Jane Branagan for the photo

Cajon Clases

 

Interested in joining our classes? Get in touch 🙂

London Drum Show 2015

Had so much fun at the London drum show this weekend, played so much, learnt so much and met so many amazing drummers and important people in the drum world, it’s all bit much to take in!

Best of all, I went as a ROLAND GUEST to the show. Thanks to the Roland team for being so damn cool!

Yep, there’s something BIG cooking!

 

I hope to be having our own Cruz Cajon stall at the show in 2016 as well as workshops on cajon!

 

Heidi drum show

Heidi’s masterclass at TodoCajon Festival in Madrid, Spain

I am so excited about this! I will be giving a masterclass at this festival, alongside some of the best players in the world, including Alain Perez, Pepe Albain and Gullermo Garcia! I am actually rather nervous about meeting these masters, I will certainly be attending all their workshops to learn from them as much as possible! The festival is called ‘todocajon’, which means everything cajon….
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Apart from the festival, I am also performing with some great artists during my visit to Madrid. Yay! If you are in Madrid, send me an email and lets meet up and jam! 
Some of my students from my London cajon school is making a trip down to Madrid to join the fun! Hopefully next year, some of you will also join us, let;s take over a hostel in central madrid and just play cajon all day!! 🙂 Rock and roll!!
I will certainly be filming some of the workshops and will post up vids and photos in our next issue so you can all learn more about this amazing cajon festival (the biggest in Europe)
Pray for me to have favour and a great workshop!!

Cajon players network and jam at Musikmesse in Frankfurt

This will be my second year I attend the renowned Musikmesse in Frankfurt.

Last year was such and inspiring trip, meeting some incredible cajon players, taking part in jams and workshops, trying out the latest innovative percussions and cajon accessories and playing late night pool of course 🙂

I also got to meet all the owners of the big cajon companies and it’s just a great networking event filled with music and fun!

The cajon is rapidly expanding, there is so many new things on the market and I will be posting up some reviews and videos with demo’s of some of the great new cajon gear and accessories.

Why not join the fun next year? Its a great way to learn and network with other people passionate about cajon.

Subscribe to my newsletter to stay updated on the next musikmesse cajon meet up!

Here is the website for more info:

http://musik.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en/besucher/willkommen.html

5 steps to get started with solo on cajon

Just like being put on the spot, soloing freaks most people out at first.

I recall, not too long ago, I was so self-conscious whenever I had to take a solo, you start to sweat, your hands shake and they definitely do not go even half the speed you’d like them to! Know that feeling? Yep, we’ve all had it before!
For years I struggled with the concept of a drum/cajon solo, and the reason I never understood the concept was because I allowed fear to rob me of the exciting experience of getting comfortable with it and learning to concentrate on my ‘inner music’ and letting it out.
I still struggle with the fear of soloing and it’s a process, but there’a a few things one can do to get started and more comfy with it:

 

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1. Find a way to mentally and verbally express what a solo is so it makes sense to you.

What helped me was to think of a solo like I would think when I construct a sentence or a paragraph using words (in music, rhythmic and melodic figures) and using emotion (same as when you talk, using dynamics, feel, interpretation). Before you can speak sentences that makes sense, you would need to have learnt some vocabulary and understood some grammar rules, the same in music, you need to have some rhythmic and melodic figure you know and to ‘play’ the ‘musical’ sentence you wish to say. I don’t know if that works for you, and perhaps I am not getting my simile across very well, so find something you can compare a solo to so that it makes more sense to you.

2. Identify your ‘tools’ or ‘ rhythmic vocabulary’

Think of different rhythmic patterns that you can play comfortably and use them like words or building blocks, for example, throw in a triplet feel over a 4 subdivision, or use a paradiddle or roll (can be rudiments, little fills, tricks, different sounds, changing the subdivision and feel of your groove, ostinato patterns, co-ordination etc….and don’t forget to incorporate the use of silence in your solo to give it air!). You don’t need much for a solo but you need to be a little bit creative for making a solo, thats the whole point. It does help if you have some more knowledge and you can technically execute it, so If you feel you lack ‘rhythmic vocabulary’, you need to learn more rhythmic figures, and the best thing is to find some solid teaching material.

3. ‘Write’ your first solo

Memorise and write down (if you can) a very short 8 or 16 bar solo, using a sequence of rhythmic figures (words) that you can play and practise it. Once you have mastered the solo you wrote at a reasonable speed, add a few bars of groove before and after the solo as though you are playing with a band and then your solo moment comes, making sure you keep the tempo from start to end. Once you are comfortable with going from groove ito solo mode and back again, write a new solo, even if you use the same rhythmic figures on different beats/ swap them around ad more ‘air’ with silence etc.

4. Be patient and don’t be afraid to make mistakes, you’re learning!

You would need to have some vocabulary to play or ‘say’ that sentence, and, like any language, you need a lot of practise to become fluent. But above all you need to let yourself be completely free to really hear what is inside you that you want to bring out, it’s a creative growing process too! Be prepared to screw up and get back up, even in front of people! Remember that you are learning and to walk, be patient with yourself!

5. Forget everything, enjoy expressing yourself and let the music flow from within

At the end of the day, solo’s are not some ‘compulsory barriers in music to mess with you and make you feel stupid if you can’t do it’! It is a time/place/moment where the artist joyfully gets a window to freely express themselves without much or any restrictions, it’s meant to be fun, a celebration and an expression of music, and for drummers this is specially fun, we can mess around with the beat without the guitarist glaring at us! 🙂

The only way to truly be ‘soloing’, no matter the level, is when you are so saturated with love for what you are expressing in that moment, that you are completely free from fear.

My best advice is to love solo’s, to do it often, face it with courage and kick fear in the face.

It’s a heck of a lot of fun, once you get over our fear and uncertainty!

Why not try to make an 8 bar solo this week? Let me know how it goes!

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Playing cajon with ‘Bumblefoot’ Ron Thal from Guns and Roses.

10426228_10152759093113358_6482051586085468154_nTonight I play with the latest Guns & Roses guitarist Ron Thal aka ‘Bumblefoot’ in Mayfair, London. Had an awesome rehearsal with him yesterday, he’s a super player and a very down to earth kinda dude. I’m just about ready, gear packed, boots on and grooveometer high! Oh yes, this is gonna be FUN! First time I’ll be playing some famous guns and roses songs with Cajon, and with a guitar master none the less! 🙂

 

Wish me luck! Oh I got some videos too… will upload them soon!

 

Cajon beginners & intermediate classes in London

So we have started some new classes and you are welcome to join us, just get in touch!

All classes and details are listed up on our meetup page:

Cajon box Beginners course

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015, 7:00 PM

Oxford House
Oxford House in Bethnal Green Derbyshire Street London  E2 6HG London, GB

7 Cajon box Lovers Went

A complete course covering all you need to know to get started on the cajon. Thisis a lot of fun, be prepared to meet some amazing people, laugh a lot and groove like a rocker!This intensive course combines essential and fundamental technique, exercises and various different rhythms and grooves ranging from pop, rock, funk, blues to latin and flam…

Check out this Meetup →

Join us! I look forward to seeing you there.

Heidi’s first instructional cajon DVD

I am so excited about this! i have been planning this for a long time, and though it has been delayed a number of times, this is the year it will be released!

Later this week I am meeting up with some of the amazing team who will be involved in making the DVD, it’s a very exciting time! The planning is almost finished and once thats done, we simply film it, do all the editing work and… Bam!

Benni Chawes concert Heidi

I NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

To complete my planning, I need to establish an idea of how many people would actually be interested in the DVD. Would you consider purchasing my Cajon DVD?

Simply send us and email to londoncajonschool@gmail.com, stating that you would be interested in the DVD. You can also include information like why you like my lessons or if my lessons inspired you to learn to play the cajon, any information would be really helpful. it can be as short or as long as you like.

As a thank you for your help, we will give 10% discount on the DVD to the first 100 replies and the DVD will be personally signed by Heidi Joubert.