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  • Posted by Jean-Francois Bourely on November 8, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Hello everyone.

    I’m Jef from France. 55 and (not) counting…

    I spent two years learning the piano when I was a teenager, but the teachings were not really exciting.

    So I never played any music although music has always been a passion as a listener. All kinds of music, from the Pop of the 80’s and 90’s to progressive rock, from electro to New age to traditional…

    My daughter was enrolled in the band of her music teacher at school when she was 14 and ended up playing and singing as Cosette in Les Miserables on stage in front of 4000+ people.

    Since then music became her number one chosen activity.

    The last four years she has been involved in several teams playing in two parishes and is now leading the worship teams. She started learning the piano on her own and can do more after a few months than what I could ever do in two years…

    (Her mother is from former Yugoslavia, and you can’t find a home there, without at least one musician.)

    At one of the parishes they use a cajon. I was fascinated by the simple instrument, yet so rich in possibilities.

    My daughter encouraged me to start playing and see where it can lead me (obviously, she’s got nothing against getting her own percussionist…).

    So I ordered a basic cajon from Thomann in September and started to befriend my new stool…

    I started watching basic lessons on YT. It looks easy when you watch, but real work is necessary to produce quality!

    A few weeks ago we were at some new friends house. During the evening I noticed Benjamin’s cajon in the “music corner” of the living room (with a piano and his bass guitar) and tested the sound of the De Gregorio.

    Benjamin (a professional musician) then sat on it and made a demo. Something I had never heard from a cajon. It was outstanding. I would never imagine it was possible to do that with a cajon.

    “I want to be able to do that too!”

    In a way he gave me the green light to really start to make my own learning.

    Then Felipe showed up…

    Always smiling, but serious.

    Good vibes and good work ahead…

    Anthony replied 1 year, 6 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Anthony

    November 28, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    Superb story jef. I am new to it also and a similar story as to how I got to love the cajon too, I saw someone playing one in a pub I go to where folk night’s are always on and the guy sat on this box and he made it speak almost he was that good, and I thought that’s for me. So here I am also and hoping to progress through slowly but surely. Thanks for your story.

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