When we speak about the clave, if you like salsa then you will know that the first thing that comes to mind is dancing. You may ask yourself: Is it possible to dance just by listening to the clave or do you need to hear the whole orchestra in order to feel the rhythm and begin to dance?
Well I can tell you that just by listening for the clave, you can begin to dance. The clave is the main instrument that dictates the rhythm of the entire orchestra, and tells dancers when to dance and which rhythm to dance to.
The most common claves I would like to talk about are the 3-2 and the 2-3.
I will explain this in the clearest and simplest way for you to understand how it works.
To begin with, you need to know that when dancers count, they use an even 8 beat count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
The 8 beat count is usually split into two parts: 1, 2, 3, 4 is the first part and 5, 6, 7, 8 is the second part.
When the clave is heard twice during the first four beats, and three times during the last four beats, it is the 2-3 clave .
And, by association, when the clave sounds three times in the first part and twice in the second, this is the 3-2 clave .
In the next video I will explain this concept using music and the counts/timing to show you the which beats each of the two claves use.
[youtube width=”320″ height=”260″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd-Swz5oaKM[/youtube]