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MD Podcast Episode 239: Clave Variations, Hi-Hat Mic Shootout, Contest Announcement, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike discuss ways to create new rhythm motifs based on the son and rumba clave. They also introduce how to enter a new giveaway of a 22" Dream Gorilla ride. Next up, Mike and Mike…

Modern Drummer
Apr 18, 2020

VIDEO! Screaming Clave: Big Beats Based on Afro-Caribbean Root Rhythms (From the September 2014 Issue)

by Rich Redmond Clave comprises the root rhythms used as the basis for most Afro-Caribbean music. These rhythms are two measures long (written in cut time), with three notes in one measure and two notes in the other. If you…

Modern Drummer
Jul 29, 2014

Around the World: Indian Clave

March 2013 Around the World Indian Clave Building a Bridge Between Two Rhythmic Cultures by Pete Lockett Every piece of music has a story to tell, and the one we’re looking at this month, “Indian Clave,” started at a festival…

Modern Drummer
Jan 16, 2013

The Art Of Latin Drumming by Jose Rosa and Hector “Pocho??? Neciosup

BOOK/CD LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED $26.99 Kit players interested in improving their independence against clave and broadening their knowledge of several Afro-Cuban and South American drumset styles should be sure to check out The Art of Latin Drumming, subtitled A…

Modern Drummer
Jun 12, 2012

Swingin’ the Clave: Advanced Exercises for Developing Independence (VIDEO)

July 2012 Jazz Drummer’s Workshop Swingin’ the Clave Advanced Exercises for Developing Independence by Steve Fidyk In jazz, the ride cymbal is the focal point for creating a flowing, swinging time feel. In Afro-Cuban music, the clave assumes this role.…

Modern Drummer
May 16, 2012