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THE SON CLAVE

   

In this lesson we will look at the Son clave rhythms. The clave rhythms form the fundamental rhythmic counterpoint for all Latin American grooves. Other parts such as Tumbao and Cascara are defined largely by which type of Clave rhythm is used.

For each of the son, rumba, bossa nova, and Afro Cuban claves, there is a 3,2 and a 2,3 variation – 8 total.

3, 2 SON CLAVE

As you can see there are 3 hits in the first bar, and only 2 in the second bar.

2, 3 SON CLAVE

To get a 2, 3 variation you simply swap the bars around. Now you have 2 hits in the first bar, 3 in the second..

 

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