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Clave is a key signature in Afro-Cuban music. It is commonly presented as a two mesures 8th notes pattern, one with three notes and the other with two notes. The direction can be either 3:2 or 2:3, depending on which of the two measures comes first.

Son Clave Edit

The "son clave" is the most common type of clave, here in the 3:2 direction.

4
- |X-----X-----X---|----X---X-------|
4  1 . 2 . 3 . 4 .  1 . 2 . 3 . 4 .

Rumba Clave Edit

The rumba clave is another type of clave.

4
- |X-----X-------X-|----X---X-------|
4  1 . 2 . 3 . 4 .  1 . 2 . 3 . 4 .

6/8 Clave Edit

The third form of clave is an adaptation of the African 12/8 timeline.

6
- |X---X---X---|--X---X-----|
8  1 . 2 . 3 .  1 . 2 . 3 .