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Talking Style: Flavoring the 3:2 Clave

In this episode we’ll continue to explore the Afro-Carribean influence on the musics that we know as Rock and Roll and R&B. I’m going to show you just a few ways that I use note length and some other “flavor packets” to spice up the 3:2 Clave and give it my own style and personality. 

I’ve included some transcriptions of the first five examples and an improv groove at the end of the video presentation that you can will give you some ideas that you can take or use as launch pads for your own ideas. 

Download the transcriptions.


Follow along with the videos below.

  1. Dr. John explaining how the “Bo Diddley” Groove fits into the Second Line groove on “Iko Iko”.
  2. Bo Diddley: “Bo Diddley”
  3. U2: “Desire”
  4. Bow Wow Wow: “I Want Candy”