Playing Both Kit Drums and Cajon
My name is Trevor and I bought my first Cajon and just started Felipe’s courses. The instruction is first class and I am excited to start improving.
I am also learning to play kit drums. I have a drum kit at home and practice there in the summer months. In the winter I stay in Tucson and I have started playing Cajon with friends – two acoustic guitars and one bass. Mostly rock/country/popular music.
So here is my question,,,, Let’s take the example of the simple eighth note rock groove, bass on 1, 2+ and 3, snare on 2 and 4. On the drum kit my right foot is playing the double hit on 2+ and 3. But on the Cajon we are alternating between right and left hands continuously. My natural tendency is to play the 2, 2+ and 3, all with the right hand instead of alternating. This pattern more closely resembles my drum kit and I do this without thinking.
Should I break this habit and alternate hands continuously? I plan on playing both kit drums and Cajon; drums in the summer and Cajon in the winter. I guess if I do not alternate it may become a limitation when I progress to more complicated grooves and fills. But by the same token, when I return to my drum kit I wish to pick up from where I left off without having to “unlearn”.
Any guidance would be most appreciated.
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