What is the best way to describe and teach the clave?
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What is the Clave rhythm?
In one 2 measure phrase of 4/4 time, beat 1, the "and" of beat 2, and beat 4 in the first measure, beat 2 and the "and" of beat three in the second measure is one of more common used clave rhythms. Often heard in bossa novas, like " The Girl from Impanema".
Clave means Key or code in spanish. In Afro-cuban or salsa music it is as fundamental to that music as swing in jazz. It is the KEY to that music.
There are several basic types of the Clave:
The most common is "son" clave:
Another common feel is Rumba Clave:
Clave feels come in either 3-2 or 2-3 flavors. ie beginning with 3 notes in the first bar and 2 (3 2) in the second, or the reverse....2 in the first and 3 (2 3) in the second.
This is a Son Clave in 2-3
Brazilian Bossa Nova and samba also uses a type of clave feel that can come in both 2-3, and 3-2.
a Brazilian Clave might be like this:
Sometimes in a song the Clave will reverse, starting with 3-2, and changing to a 2-3....
It's something you really need to listen to inorder to get the groove.....
This is a pretty good explanation:
Thanks for the notation! Here's a pretty decent video that explains it too:
What is the orgin of this rhythm?
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