The Guitar, good choice for your kid?

musical instrument

Your teen has the opportunity to join the school band and has no idea what instrument he or she is interested in picking up. There are so many options from beginning bass guitar to drums. Many parents remember the days when the flute, saxophone, and clarinet were the most common band choices. Kids nowaday have a broad range of interests that lead to a highly diverse musical taste. Your teen is likely to want an instrument that has some real world application in their eyes. Many are moving away from traditional band instruments to more mainstream ones. Teens are often more interested in beginning bass guitar in the local bar band than joining the school marching band.

Bass Guitar

Beginning bass guitar is actually definitely an excellent choice for {your son or daughter who likes to be engaged but isn’t necessarily into being the center of attention. This instrument is usually easy to learn, has a largely useful playability on the long term, and tends to be enjoyed through adulthood. This instrument is used primarily to establish rhythm and support a lead guitar.¬†

Where to buy it?

When your child decides to begin playing the bass guitar, you probably don’t want shell out a fortune on one until you know how serious your student is. Many kids decide to try something and then shortly thereafter show no interest in continuing. You most likely have a box full of uniforms and accessories for sports and activities your child was dying to do and then dropped out of. Buying used is a really good way to acquire your first instrument. Pawn shops typically possess a pretty good supply of used guitars at reasonable prices. Your beautiy can try them out before making the purchase.

Instruments at school Where to buy it?

Many schools offer low cost rentals instruments for students. If your teen is lucky enough that bass guitar is actually definitely an option in the music program, there could be some used instruments available for him or her to use for a while. The local music store likely also offers a rental program for those interested in beginning bass guitar. Couple of these instruments may be new, while others may be well worn in. Rent-to-own is also a possible option in some schools and stores.





Cajon drum accessories I need one!


Macker Percussion double sided cajon with adjustable snarecajon-drum
A lovely oak framed cajon with two tapas and adjustable snare. As a result of extensive
research I chose this as my first cajon and Im glad I managed to do so. The dual playing surfaces and variable snare make for a hugely versatile instrument and also types of wood used give a powerful look and fantastic sounds.


When I decided to build a cajon myself, the Schlagwerk CB was terrific. A kit is easier (and less daunting) than building from scratch and Schlagwerk include almost everything you will need to build it in the pack at a great price. I enjoyed the straight forward build process and it can be satisfying perform a drum that I built it myself. It sounds pretty good too!

Cajon bag

Having got a good bargin on my Macker Percussion Cajon I wanted a bag to protect it and for transport. Many of the bags I ran across looked great, but cost almost as much as the cajon. I chose a simple bag from which is also available from many different suppliers, often under different brand. It has a carry handle, shoulder strap and a nice large pocket that holds plenty of accessories. It isnt as padded as some other bags, but it is fine for keeping the cajon transporting it in the car. Example of a cajon bag.

SchlagwerkCajon seat

I bought the Schlagwerk Cajon Pad not so much to make the cajon more comfortable, even though it definitely helps with that when playing for prolonged periods, but mainly to protect the the surface of the cajon from scratches when sitting on it. At about 6mm thick, this pad isnt the most padded or luxurious, but it is cheap and does its intended job correctly. An added benefit is that if you lean the cajon back to play (as I do) the seat pad gives me grip on the top of the cajon and helps to avoid slipping off the back, which can be rather awkward. I researched about other point of view on accessories as well. Soon I am gonna write another article on the topic.

Boundary microphone

There are lots of ways to mic a cajon for recording or playing it louder in buildings. A common method is to use two microphones, one pointed towards the tapa and one near the sound hole. An alternative method is to utilize a boundary microphone placed inside the cajon. I personally use the Superlux boundary microphone on top of a folded tea towel in the bottom of the cajon. Because of the wide frequency range of the Superlux , the microphone picks up the great bass sound as well as the detailed sounds from the playing surface. There are alternative boundary microphones such as the Shure Beta 91A, which is actually commonly used in professional cajon recording, but is much more expensive.