Yes, I’m still obsessed with clave, among other things. In this post, I’m continuing the work with clave in the cymbal hand and the baiao pattern with the bass drum. The goal is independence; I’d like to be able to play anything I want with my left hand. By the way, there is much more here on the blog about this. Here are two of the many pieces I’ve written on this stuff:
This time, I borrowed some rhythms from the late Kim Plainfield’s great book, “Advanced Concepts.” If you don’t know this book, check it out. It’s really good.
There is a section in the book on Samba and the rhythms presented are very musical. They’re not offered for the purpose of independence; but for the assimilation of the musical style.
So, I’ve taken those 11 examples (they’re in the book under the heading “Samba Hand Rhythms”) and applied them to this template (clave with cymbal hand and baiao with the bass drum). There are two more rhythms about four pages after that called “Samba Clave,” and those are added here as examples #12 and 13 on my worksheet.
I’m hoping these exercises will give you some musical ideas that you can use. And now, here is the PDF for you to download: Clave Independence Using Advanced Concepts
If you try this stuff out, please let me know how it goes.