Bring the added sonic dimension of a clave to the music you play.
You wouldn't think the simple design of a traditional clave could create such a complex instrument. Essentially two dowels, one longer and one shorter, claves are an important component in the Latin and African-American music culture. Learning how to play the clave right means knowing how to anticipate beats and control momentum and all its rhythmic possibilities. Claves are often played in repetitive 2-3 or 3-2 time or African 6-8 time where strokes in the first half of the movement are not repeated in the second half. It’s these stroking patterns and the loud, sharp sounds that heighten the allure and the widespread appeal of the clave. To play the clave correctly, make sure you don’t hold it too tightly or you will muffle the sharpness and intensity of the sound.
Considering taking up the clave to grow your sound and expand your percussion repertoire? Our wide selection of traditional and African claves in classic hardwood or premium fiberglass designs is the perfect place to start.