Lesson Download: How To Play Clave

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How To Play Clave
Level: beginning / intermediate / anyone who wants to learn more about clave
What is Clave? Is it a simple rhythm played on two sticks or is it the backbone of Afro-Latin music? 
In this video, Noah teaches you how to play the three main types of Clave in both 3-2 and 2-3, and explains how the concept of Clave relates to African and Afro-Latin music like samba, salsa, and rumba.
  • Son clave, rumba clave, and Brazilian clave
  • Each pattern is taught in 2-3 and in 3-2
  • Transcriptions of all 3 clave patterns in 3-2 and 2-3
  • Concepts of clave applications in music

Run Time: 16:35

This video is instructed by Noah Mosgofian.
Noah Mosgofian's career includes 6 years with the international percussion sensation STOMP, tours with Lost at Last, Del Castillo, Atash, and scores of other award-winning bands and drum/dance companies playing samba, salsa, afro-beat, funk, and more. He has taught thousands of students in the US and abroad, including composing, arranging, and teaching for Austin Samba, one of the biggest samba schools anywhere outside of Brazil. Noah’s teachers include the top names in many disciplines: Mamady Keita, “Changuito” Quintana, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, C.K. Ladzekpo, and Fara Tolno. Visit his website at www.noahmosgofian.com


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  • 5
    "the clave is the key"

    Posted by PL on 13th Jun 2015

    Another good and basic video. What I liked was not only beating the clave with the clave (the instrument), but the drum stokes to see how the pulse is related to the rhythm. Recommended!

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