Cajón Buyer’s Guide

Are you ready to start your drum lessons at Boise Music Lessons? Or perhaps you’re looking to add a new instrument to your music corner, or give a cajón as a gift? No matter the reason, we think adding more music to your life is always a good thing, and we’re happy to help you find the perfect instrument! Read on for our curated list of cajón recommendations.*

Cajón  Size

You can’t really go wrong with any cajón or “box drum” — any size, make, or model will be fun to use as a rhythm instrument.  Most percussionists prefer to sit atop the instrument to play, so we suggest picking an instrument of an appropriate hight so your feet can rest comfortably on the floor.  However, if you find your feet dangling, feel free to turn your instrument on its side, or sit next to it and play.

Cajón Sound

There are many different awesome styles of cajón; two common groups consist of the “string cajon” and “snare cajon”.  While both produce a great bass “thump” and high “pop,” they have one main difference: the string cajon is common in Flamenco music and uses 4 guitar strings to create the high tones, while the snare cajón uses a bundle of snare drum wire strands to make its high tones. Overall we recommend the snare cajón since it can produce drum set-like sounds more common in folk and rock music.  However, both types of cajon will work with any style of music.

Here are some recommendations so you’ll be keeping time in no time!

Small Cajóns — Great for kids of all sizes and adults on the go!

NINO950 13″ Birch Snare Cajón

Stagg CAJ-KID BL String Cajon

Full-size “Snare” Cajón — Recommended for musicians age 8 and up.

Meinl HCAJ1NT Cajon


  • Cajón Foot Shaker — you have the bass and snare sounds; now all you need is the hi-hat!   Strap a shaker onto your shoe to keep a steady beat.

Meinl FS-BK Cajón Player’s Foot Shaker

  • Case — choose a padded soft case to protect your instrument and transport it easily to gigs.

Meinl Cajon MSTCJB-BP Backpack Bag

Build Your Music Corner

Create a safe and comfortable space to leave your instrument out and get in your practice groove!

  • Music Stand — Yes, even percussionists read music!  Find something nice and robust to hold up heavy books and a metronome/cell phone.  Bonus points if you have a place to store pencils and highlighters, a stand light, fingernail clippers, and some clothes pins to keep your books open!

Manhasset Music Stand

Still have questions about buying a cajón?  Email us! Ready to play some music?  Enroll today!

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