Posts in category: Clave

Groovin In Clave

Groovin In Clave, by Ignacio Berroa The goal of the book is to allow drummers to develop independence against the clave rhythm with the cymbal hand. Consistent practice and diligent work with the book will find the persistent drummer achieving this goal. I know because I’ve been working out of the book for quite some […]


Clave Samba Independence Part 3.1

Here’s an update to Clave Samba Independence Part 3. I’ve been working through the original, Part 3, and I found that I would break the page down into two bar exercises that I’d repeat, and then start stringing them together. The original page looked too dense to me so I came up with 3.1, which […]


Clave Samba Independence Part 3

The mission: play clave freely with one’s right hand, play samba with your feet, and play anything you wish with your left hand. So far, in Parts 1 and 2, we’ve explored playing common figures against the above patterns and tried out some musical examples. You can check out those two steps here: “Clave Samba […]


Clave Samba Independence Part 2

Last time, in “Clave Samba Independence Part 1,” we worked on some exercises to develop facility within the Clave Samba framework. The basis of that framework? The cymbal hand plays the clave rhythm and the bass drum and hi hat foot play the samba pattern. The point of “Part One” was to free up the […]