Instead of replacing my drumkit, as planned, I made the decision to focus my attention on hand percussion for the time being. Last month, I purchased a Meinl Headliner cajón. What is a cajón, you ask?
Wikipedia describes a cajón as:
“…a box-shaped percussion instrument originally from Peru, played by slapping the front face (generally thin plywood) with the hands. Half to three quarter inch (1.3 to 2 cm) thick wood is generally used for five sides of the box. A thin sheet of plywood is nailed on as the sixth side and acts as the striking surface or head. A sound hole is cut on the back side opposite the head or tapa. The top edges are often left unattached and can be slapped against the box. The player sits astride the box, tilting it at an angle while striking the head between his knees. The modern cajón has several screws at the top for adjusting percussive timbre and may sport rubber feet. Some versions may also have several vertically stretched cords pressed against the tapa for a buzz like effect or tone. Guitar strings, rattles or drum snares may serve this purpose. The percussionist can play the sides with the top of his palms and fingers for additional sounds.”
How does this relate to Hermionish activities?
I have taken to setting my coursework on top of the cajón and reading through the material while playing. When the weather warmed up, I even took it out to the front porch and played from my rocking chair. I have always had a thing for acoustic work.
Next on my list: djembe.