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This chapter is a part of the Afro-Caribbean Drumming video series created by Jose Rosa. 

This chapter focuses on learning to play the 3-2 and 2-3 Son Clave rhythms. 


The 3-2 and 2-3 Son Clave rhythms are two of Latin American and Afro-Caribbean music's most fundamental and widely used rhythms. The 3-2 Son Clave rhythm is characterized by three notes in the first measure, followed by two in the second, while the 2-3 Son Clave rhythm has two notes in the first measure, followed by three in the second.

Watching the video above is highly recommended for anyone interested in understanding these rhythms, as it features a detailed explanation of their origins and significance and demonstrations of how they are used in various musical contexts.


Viewers will gain a deeper appreciation for the complex interplay of rhythm and melody in Latin American and Afro-Caribbean music, and come away with a newfound understanding of the importance of these rhythms in shaping the sounds and rhythms of music around the world.

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This chapter is a part of the Afro-Caribbean Drumming video series created by Jose Rosa.


This specific chapter focuses on learning how to play the 3-2 and 2-3 Rumba Clave rhythms. 


The 3-2 and 2-3 Rumba Clave rhythms are essential components of Cuban music, particularly Rumba. These rhythms are created by two wooden sticks (claves) struck together in a pattern that creates a unique groove that is at once energetic and entrancing. The 3-2 Rumba Clave features three strokes followed by two, while the 2-3 Rumba Clave features two strokes followed by three.

If you want to experience the infectious rhythms and captivating energy of these claves in action, check out the video above. You'll be transported to the streets of Havana, where you can witness skilled musicians playing these rhythms on a variety of percussion instruments, accompanied by dancers whose movements are perfectly in sync with the music. So don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Cuban music and dance!

The chapter "How to Play the Cascara or Guagua in 3-2 and 2-3 Son Clave" is part of the Afro Caribbean Drumming video series by Jose Rosa. In this chapter, viewers will learn how to play the Cascara or Guagua rhythm using the 3-2 and 2-3 Son Clave patterns.


Learn how to play the Cascara timbales pattern in drums with the 3-2 and 2-3 Son Clave rhythms! In this video tutorial, you will be guided through the steps to master this essential Latin groove. The Cascara pattern is a vital component in many Latin styles, including salsa, Latin Jazz and mambo. ‚Äč


By understanding the differences between the 3-2 and 2-3 Son Clave, you can apply this rhythmic pattern to various musical contexts. Don't miss out on this opportunity to improve your drumming skills and expand your musical horizons. Check out the video above now!