Intermediate lesson

Below you will find some of my lessons for intermediate players, in the order that I would recommend them to be learned. More videos coming soon, also some lessons with a guitarist and bassist, so keep an eye out!

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Intermediate lesson 1.

This lesson is to teach you to use your fingers and develop a wider range in your dynamics. It also teaches you to control your accents.

Intermediate lesson 2.

This lesson teaches you to control your accents and get a wider range on your dynamics. Also good for 6/8 or 3/4 grooves.


  1. Catherine Yavarone

    Loving the cajon and learning with your lessons!
    Thanks, Heidi!
    P.S. Tried to subscribe a few times to your newsletter, but some technical problem.
    Please use my info below to get me on your list.

  2. Randy Kip

    Hi Heidi,
    Your video lessons (beginners and intermediate) are great! I am improving my skills on a slaptop cajon from Meinl. Thank you for the inspiration, joy and energy.

  3. Gultekin

    Hi. I just wanted to say thanks for the lessons. I actually started playing November 2014. I am flamenco dancer (learning) but started cajon with your lessons when I got an invite from a musician. Now I am playing around London. I would like to invite you to our gigs or open mic night and see your student at work 🙂 Linked to facebook page. Thanks again and I would love to be able to discuss what would work better in blues music.

    • Heidi Joubert

      Hello! Good to hear from another cajon player in London! Sounds great, get in touch with me via email for the gigs etc at

  4. Ruth

    I 1st tried a cajon at Easter this year, now I have one of my own and spend a couple of hours practising each day. Your lessons are very helpful. If I find something tricky, I leave it for a day and find I have improved overnight. Magic! I too have a weak left hand, I am recovering from a frozen left shoulder and really have to consciously work on that side’s strength. Come to Christchurch New Zealand sometime!

  5. ray (music educator)

    re: intermediate lesson 2
    1.great exercise for immediate level drummers and applicable for percussionists or all kind. I could see this exercise useful for sticks on the snare as well.
    2. Also very useful for anyone at beginner level just to listen and improve/develop their sense of rhythm.
    3.Useful warmup for pros as well.
    Thanks and the video really justifies your popularity. Great work and keep it up.

  6. Oleksandr

    Нічого особливого, купа рудиментів і ловкість рук, а дівчинка і вправду гарна!

  7. Norton Vaz

    Heidi, you are simply brilliant. Thanks for sharing your ideas and videos. It helps a lot.
    I’m a music teacher from India and I’m a rhythm guitarist, bassist and percussionist too. I play the travel cajon and I’m collecting money to buy the normal cajon.
    God bless,

  8. Kevin Harrington

    Your amazing. Hands down you embody what it is you are passionate about. You are one of a kind and I hope I meet a woman like you in my life. Please keep spreading the love and the music will follow. I produce a world music radio show on Fridays from 12noon to 2:30pm at It is the campus radio station for UMass Amherst. I created a drum circle class where during the semester once a week I bring all of my drums to facilitate and encourage others to play and find the rhythm that’s inside them already. Your videos will enable me to become a better percussionist, and thus enable the other students I am with to benefit even more. A good cause (like posting free videos) can spread into an effect that diffracts all across the world in a positive way. Thank you.
    p.s. IF you’d like, I would be more than happy to play a lot of your music during my show. If you’d be so kind to send a cd or two to the station–I doubt that they have any of your music already.

  9. Don

    I’ve been playing for awhile and have been looking around for something to help me really nail down the basics, polish up my technique, and take my playing to the next level. After searching around, I think this website and your lessons will do the trick. Thanks for the advice, help, and clarity. Truly a blessing and a gem.
    Any chance you will do any videos on adding other hand drums to the mix? I watched the cymbal video (which was great), but notice you have some other toys as well. I’m playing a cajon, djembe, cymbal bass kit and mix in some tambourine and shakers here and there. I’d love to see your take on some multi-drum grooves or other basic techniques.
    Thanks again, and even though I know it’s the last place on earth you will visit, we’d love to meet you out here in Indiana!

  10. Renan Soares

    OMG, I was just looking for basics cajon lessons and then THIS??
    Girl, you really got me now! You’re amazing in every single way!
    You and your band are great. Instant fan!
    Cheers from Brazil.

    • Heidi Joubert

      🙂 Great to hear Amigo!

  11. Jin dongguang

    Hello,how to open these video? I hope to see them expectly.
    There is only some topic, both beginner and intermediate lesson.
    Thanks a lot.
    Harbin China

  12. Ramez

    Heidi i need to work on my left hand …..any advice ?
    Good Job BTW 🙂

    • Heidi Joubert

      Do all your grooves/Ex with Left hand lead… and brush your teeth with left hand 🙂

      • Steve Moore

        Ha, funny! Been playing drums for thirty years and one thing I do to strengthen my left hand…is brush my teeth. 🙂 First few times I nearly put my eye out. Also open door knobs and do other things to become more ambidextrous.

  13. Claudia

    Heidi.. WE LOVE YOU!

    • Heidi Joubert

      Hahaha, right back at you Claudia!!!

  14. Jonny

    Ciao!!!!grazie tante per le tue utilissime lezioni!!!!Quando vieni in Italia a suonare????Che Dio ti benedica!!!

  15. Nano

    Heidi, your lessons are great , I will be interested in skype ones Gracias desde Argentina. Nano

  16. MIGUEL

    Aloha! Thank you soo much! Your lessons are soo helpful! thanks for sharing those grooves in the intermediate lessons. And your band full on rocks!! Keep it up 🙂

  17. Daniel

    Thank you for you excellent videos on cajon basics.


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