The cajon, that wooden box-shaped instrument you sit on, is often used to replace a drum set in smaller, acoustic venues. And certainly, the cajon has its place. But we believe that the WalkaBout Drum is superior to the cajon in a dozen different ways. Let’s do a quick dive into why.
Sounds. The cajon has three basic sounds (and perhaps four if it has an internal snare). The WalkaBout has a dozen or more, depending on how you count them. You can hit the upper bout, lower bout, waist, sides, back, and on and on). And with the development of more SounDots (like the Tamb, Riqq, and Fan), there are more sounds coming.
Amplification. The cajon is not an amplified instrument. You have to set up a mic(s), and add equalization, compression, etc. The WalkaBout Odyssey and Venture models are basically plug and play with a single instrument cable. You can literally have a signal to your amp or sound system in seconds.
Ergonomics. Let’s face it. The cajon is awkward. Awkward to play, and awkward to look at. You sit stooped over it, low to the ground, with the top of your head to the audience. I’ve talked to many drummers who complain that playing the cajon hurts their backs. But the WalkaBout Drum is a joy to play. It has a natural shape with a light weight that sits easy on the body. You can stand or sit upright, and even move. Which brings us to our last point…
Stage Presence. Stand, sway, groove, dance. Get up to the front of the stage, and interact with your audience, along with the rest of the band. You can even go wireless and walk into the audience! I often use the WalkaBout when I’m the lead singer. I can play and step right up to the mic to be heard. In terms of stage presence, there is simply no other percussion instrument like it.
Do you have a story where you’ve ditched your cajon for a WalkaBout? We’d love to hear from you!