A versatile little groove! Clave,
This month I’m presenting something you can use in multiple genres and styles, and if you learn the basics of the style, you’ll be able to really get inside one of the most interchangeable time feels you’ll ever come across: Afro-Cuban 6/8.
We’ve looked at lots of different Afro-Cuban styles and rhythms in these pages over the last few years; Songo, Cascara, Mozambique, Cha Cha... and now it’s the turn of the Afro-Cuban 6/8 rhythm in terms of application and a few kit ideas. This, like any of the above, can be tricky at first, however, the great thing with this is that you will probably recognise it because it’s a feel that is used in all sorts of styles of music from all over the world. Try and take some time to explore the 6/8 clave in your own time too.
The important thing here is that you approach this slowly, especially the more tricky exercises, and try to listen to some recordings that use this rhythm and feel so that you can get an idea of the more authentic feel for this rhythm and overall feel of the music.
Your tutor pat garvey [email protected]garvey.net