instrument is made by two medium-sized long piece of hard and
resonant wood (8 inc. long and 1 inc diameter) which are strucked
together to produce a sharp cutting "wood click"
The claves play a simple two measures
rhythmic figure which is considered the foundation of almost
all Afro-Cuban and Latin rhythms: singers and musicians are
generally guided by the beat of the claves.
This two measures pattern consists
of two parts: a "three notes" measure and another
of "two notes"; can be played two ways: "3-2"
or "2-3" according to the number of strokes
in each measure and their sequence.
Once the clave begins it doesn't
stop or reverse itself; this establish a unique relationship
of the claves to all other instruments. In Latin music the "concept
of clave" is a must for any musician to prevent the
risk of being "on the wrong side". A good exercise
while playing congas (or other instr.) is tapping the clave
with your foot or singing it.
The main clave patters are 3:
- SON CLAVE
- RUMBA CLAVE
- 6/8 CLAVE
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