Learn My 6 Stroke Shuffle Cajon Groove


Hey, how’s it going drummers, percussionists, YouTubers. Today, I just wanted to show you something pretty fun that I’ve been working on. Just something that I’ve been practicing with relation to… That 6-Stroke Roll. So it’s one of those 40 snare drum rudiments. So I’ve been trying to work out how to play that on the cajon. And see if I can turn it into a groove. Because it’s one of those things were it can be sped up on its own. It’s what I would call a very efficient rhythm. It’s been a lot of fun on the cajon so I’m going to show you a groove that we can get going today. Okay so let’s get started with that 6-Stroke Roll. It’s just right, left, left, right, right, left. right, left, left, right, right, left. right, left, left, right, right, left. And I play those accents really loudly. They’re right at the end and the start of each rotation. They sound pretty cool. Plus, they’re fairly important in this groove. And then to play that on the cajon, The way I change things up just a little bit is: Turning those doubles into finger strokes. So the way that it sounds now and the way that you can play it is… So we’ve still got those strong accents because they’re the open handed slaps. But in-between, those ghost notes just sit behind it quite nicely using that finger technique. So, the next thing to do is just to spend a bit of time practicing that – Get that 6-Stroke Roll happening on the cajon. And then, we’ll arrange those accents into a groove. And that’s really just what it sounds
like when you start to speed it up. We don’t need to go that fast but somewhere in between will sound good for this groove. Now let’s talk a little bit about those accents. I think the easiest way to explain it is just… Bass, bass-snare, bass-bass bass-snare, bass-bass, bass-snare. As I said, it’s just those two accents that start and finish. And then organising them to bass and snare give us this half-time groove that feels pretty good to me. That’s pretty much what we’re working towards. I’ll just slow it down a little bit so you can see what’s going on if you’re lost. you And then once again, I’ll speed this one up just a little bit for you. Anyway! That’s just what I’ve been practicing today. I just wanted to share that with you. But the next thing that I wanted to talk about is just how it’s a great anchor point for improvisation with that type of groove. I don’t even know what to call that type of groove yet. But it’s kind of similar to what I did when I tried to upgrade the way that I played that Rosanna Shuffle. Something more like Martin Krendl’s style. And I’ve been going from there trying to explore new ways to practice it. But one of the difficult things is alternating between left hand down and right hand down. Because you’ve got to alternate those snares and ghost notes on your fingers all the way through So I find that this is a pretty good exercise to anchor on because it forces you to use right hand finger, left hand bass. left hand finger, right hand bass. So that’s what I’ve been practicing today, I hope you enjoyed this quick little look at what we can do on the cajon with a little bit of rudiments to finger strokes and dividing things up. But yeah, I’ll see you on the next video next week. Thanks very much for stopping by once again If you want to keep up with my new videos, you can subscribe or say hello on Facebook. But yeah! Thanks again! I’ll see you next time!


9 Responses

  1. Sue Yuill

    October 7, 2013 6:04 pm

    Hey Ross, a big thanks for this and all your other videos. I'm a drum graduate from the W.A Academy of Performing Arts( many years back now) and am now based in China. Bought my first cajon yesterday and it is so addictive. Being a drumkit player is obviously a big advantage. Wondering if you have found the skills used on kit and cajon compliment and aid in improvement of both instruments. I'm just fascinated at how transferable stuff is with some adjustment of skills. Thanks again, Sue

  2. Sue Yuill

    October 8, 2013 5:25 am

    My non dominant left hand shows even more with finger strokes :-)) on snare drum I was taught to practice leading with left to strengthen. Your left hand is really strong… Any extra tips?


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