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Percussion recording in a

Reggaeton song

Author: Facundo Alvarez, Percussion teacher and Facilitator

Hi, welcome to the “Percussionist in the studio” section, that is my percussion recording journal in which I keep track of some of the diverse recording gigs I make in my studio.

Today I´m going to show you a recording that I made for one of my online Cajon Peruano Courses which adress different ways to play Reggaeton rhythm play on cajon.

In the video above, you can watch the step by step of what I recorded and the final result of that percussion recording session.

Percussion Recording process


The song I recorded is “Llamado de Emergencia” by Daddy Yankee. The song part of the practice materials included in my Reggaeton Cajon Peruano course, in it I teach students how to play the basic Reggaeton rhythm and several variants that of that rhythm that they can also play on cajon.

The percussion ensemble I recoded in the song included: Cajon, Conga and Tumbadora, Caxixi and Tambourine.

As in the rest of the practice materials I produce for my courses, when I record and produce them I work with two main goals in mind: first, they have to sound great and professional, so students can feel motivated when they play over them. 

And second, they have include elements that helps my students in their practice routines. What I mean is, the song that they going to use to practice must include some tracks that help them to listen and feel the tempo and the subdivision of the rhythm they´re practicing. In this case the two instruments that plays that role are caxixi and tambourine.

So, in the recording I played one Conga pattern that emulated the sound and essence of Bomba and Plena from Puerto Rico. I did the same with the tumbadora to build a solid rhythm base to play over it with the cajon.

The rhythm of the cajon is the basic pattern of Regatton known as “Tum Pa Tum Pa”.

Go to the video if you want to watch in detail the step by step of the recording.

Thanks for visiting this post.

I hope you found it fun and entretaining.

Facundo Alvarez

Professional Percussion Recording Services

Hi, If you´re lookin for great percussion and rhythms for your music and productions you´re in the right place. I´m the ideal guy for that job.

I have 20 years background and experience in the music business,during which I´ve participated as session musician in numerous recordings which has covered diverse musical styles and music projects.

Currently, I´m offering remote Professional Percussion Recording Services, to musician and producers all over the World.That means that the recordings session takes places in my own Professional Recording Studio and the recorded tracks are delivered to you with professional sound quality -via WeTransfer, YouSendIt or through are own server-, in order for you to add them to the mixes of your songs and productions. 

professional percussionist
Facundo Alvarez
Professional Percussion Player

For 20 years I´ve dedicated myself both to develope educational and recreational materials and experiences, with the goal of facilitate access to percussion learning to people of all ages, and to work as a professional percussion session player in studio and live gigs.

Along that time I participated in several musical projects and recordings covering a wide range of music and rhythms.

Actually I continue working as a Percussion Facilitator and Percussion Session Player in my own studio for student and clients from all over the world.