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Ashton Irwin: Taking the cajon to the masses

Anyone who is relatively active on Twitter these days will know that there is a function in the top right of the page that allows you to search specific terms that are mentioned in tweets. I use this function daily to search for terms like “cajon” “cajon drum” and “drumming” ect. It helps me to stay current on what is going on in the cajon and drumming community and also helps me see what people are getting excited about.

A couple of weeks ago I noticed that when ever I would search the term “cajon drum”  most of the tweets coming back were talking about this one guy who’s twitter name is: @Ashton5SOS. I figured that I needed to know more about this chap who semed to be trending more than #throwbackthursday

After a small amount of digging, I found that the man who’s ubiquitous Twitter presence was dominating everything cajon is Ashton Irwin, the 19 year old drummer and vocalist from Australian pop sensation 5 Seconds of Summer, who rose to fame after Luke HemmingsMichael Clifford, and Calum Hood got together and began posting covers of popular songs on YouTube. Ashton Irwin joined the band in 2011 and 5 Seconds of Summer was born.

Ashton playing his Meinl cajon with his signature style on the front.

For many of the bands smaller performances Ashton uses his Meinl cajon which he customizes by writing in black tape “Ash xx” on the front. With this, Ashton has started a cajon craze among5SOS fans (of which there are millions) to the point where fans are getting their own cajons and customizing them with their own signatures of black tape and posting the results on twitter. Ashton himself, as of this date, has 1.8 million twitter followers which probably gives him one of the biggest reaches of anyone who has ever sat on a cajon. His audience seems to be mostly made up of people anywhere between the ages of 12 and 19 and the band themselves have a huge global fan base.

Ashton Irwin is a good pop drummer and a solid cajon player who plays in his own way, but one thing is for sure, he is spreading the word of cajon to the next generation. Literally all of them.


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Cajon Lesson of the Week: Playing the back of a cajon. 

Hope you enjoy this first Cajon Lesson of the Week.

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Ask away!

Hey everyone out there,

I love answering your questions on Facebook and Twitter but if you are more of a Tumblr type of person, feel free to ask me anything, usually related to cajons, drums, or percussion, on tumblr too.

I look forward to answering your questions.

Take care,


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Islay the puppy likes the djembe. #puppy #djembe #drums #drumming #dogs #puppies #cute #drum #percussion

Islay the puppy likes the djembe. #puppy #djembe #drums #drumming #dogs #puppies #cute #drum #percussion

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A new/old photo of me taken by the one and only @jenningsphoto
#cajon #photography #drumming #green #portrait #photo #man #box #face

A new/old photo of me taken by the one and only @jenningsphoto
#cajon #photography #drumming #green #portrait #photo #man #box #face

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Win a 6 month subscription to PlayCajon

Would you like to win a FREE 6 month subscription to PlayCajon? If so, all you have to do is make a short cajon video then post the video to the PlayCajon Facebook page or email it to us. We will then share it and you will receive a FREE 6 month subscription to PlayCajon.

How to do it:

1. Record a short creative cajon video (Must be 1:30 minuets or less)

2. Somewhere in the video you must say: “Learn cajon with” This can be you saying it, holding up a card that says it, or written in the sand on a beach. What ever you think would be cool.

4. Upload the video to YouTube. In the video title you must include PlayCajon (eg: “My solo for PlayCajon”)

4. When tagging the video include: #playcajon & #cajon

5. Post the YouTube link to our Facebook page or email it to us



All videos entries will receive a FREE 6 month subscription to PlayCajon with access to over 150 video lessons.

The competition runs until June 1st 2014 and is open to all ages worldwide.

This competition is great because everyone is a winner!

We can’t wait to see your videos.

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Puppies love cajons

Puppies love cajons

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Win a Sela Cajon!

Enter the Paul Jennings Music 2013 #buildyourgroove competition. 

Real easy. 

Here are the details:

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The train beat is a widly used drum beat especially with country music and bluegrass. The best sounds great on the cajon and works very well with brushes. Here is an easy lesson on how to play a train beat with brushes on the cajon. 

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