Posts in category: Clave

15 Exercises To Develop Clave Independence

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 […]


Clave Funk Drumming Groove 1

In the further pursuit of all things clave, here is a groove I cooked up the other night while practicing. I think there’s something to it. The video is below, followed by a PDF with the transcription. It’s tricky, but fun. You can download the PDF of the groove’s transcription here: clave funk groove one


Clave Funk Comping 1

I recently posted some exercises called “Funk Comping 1” on my personal drumming website. For a different twist on those ideas, I substituted the clave rhythm with the cymbal hand for the more traditional eighth note pulse. Playing clave with your cymbal hand is a bit of a brain twister at first, but as with […]


Even More Clave Independence

Having already dug pretty deeply into Ignacio Berroa’s fabulous book, “Groovin In Clave,” which is to clave what Chapin’s famous work,“Advanced Techniques For The Modern Drummer” was to the jazz ride cymbal pattern, I’ve found that I need more interesting things to do with right hand clave. If you read my blog regularly, or if […]