Clave Patterns! 3-2, 2-3

The clave rhythm drives salsa.  Everything else builds on top of it.

There are two main types of clave patterns- 3-2 and 2-3.

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Here the numbers represent down beats and the “+” represents upbeats.

Below the pattern is written 1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8. to show each beat and upbeat.

The 2-3 clave
..2.3…5..+..8.
1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.

To say it out loud- 2,3, 5, , and where the ‘and’ is the upbeat of 6, 8

The 3-2 clave
1..+..4…6.7…
1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.

To say it out loud- 1, and, 4, 6, 7 where the ‘and’ is the upbeat of 2

There is also a pattern called the rumba clave.

The rumba clave
1..+…+..6.7…
1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.

To say it out loud- 1, and, and, 6, 7 where the first ‘and’ is the upbeat of 2 and the second is the upbeat of 4.

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