I’ve been messing with clave independence for a while now. If you’re interested in getting into this, be forewarned–it’s going to take a lot of time to get this independence to a point where it will be useful. It’s pretty difficult. But, as with all drumming stuff, time will yield rewards. Nothing’s impossible. Not even this.
The worksheet I’ve created and am offering to you here is a template for you to begin working on independence with the clave rhythm. All of the basic 16th note variations are written out with the clave rhythm notated above them.
Note that you can use this worksheet in many different ways. I have been working on these exercises myself in order to develop the clave independence with my cymbal hand. That means I want to be able to play clave with my right hand and have freedom to play anything I wish with my other limbs against that.
You can choose to use the exercises differently if you wish. The best alternate way of using this PDF I can think of is to work on left foot clave. To do this, you’d just use the top line as the line you play with your left foot, and use the second set of notes for any other limbs that you choose. Personally, left foot clave is not for me, but if you want to go there, have at it!
Here’s the PDF for you to download and take into the practice room: 15 Exercises To Develop Clave Independence
Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments for this post.