When you can’t hear the clave…
A while back I posted a video on the clave rhythm, but if you’ve been listening to a lot of salsa, you may find that you can’t actually hear it all the time. So how do you find the clave when you can’t hear it (you’ll likely want to do this when dancing on2 or in the clave)? This video explains how.
You may need to turn up the volume quite a bit because the audio is quite low on the video.
Using the bass
In short, the bass line will indicate the type of clave you’ll hear (2-3 or 3-2). If the bass hits predominantly on the 1, then it is a 3-2, if predominantly on the 8, it is a 2-3. Feel free to listen to some songs and practice finding the clave. Until next time!