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Kevin Moore - author of the "Beyond Salsa" series, which currently includes 25 volumes - is the editor of the world's largest Cuban music website,, and the author of the popular "Tomás Cruz Conga Method", a 3-volume series published by Mel Bay Publications, available on, and used as textbook at various colleges and educational institutions. Kevin also produced, co-wrote, and played on the salsa CD "Salsa Gitana", available at The CD reached the semi-final level in the 1998 Grammy Award process. The author has also written several "online books" on various aspects of Cuban music, available for free as a public service on

Understanding Clave and Clave Changes

Singing, Clapping and Dancing Exercises - A Supplement to the Beyond Salsa Series

Authored by Kevin Moore

A supplement to the "Beyond Salsa" series, this is a hands-on course with four major sections, using dancing, clapping and singing exercises to explain the mysteries of the Cuban clave rhythm. Part 1 teaches absolute beginners with no training or experience to perform the various clave rhythms. Part 2 covers clave terminology in detail. Part 3 is an intermediate set of exercise designed to explain the confusing topic of "clave direction". Part 4, for musicians and experienced dancers and listeners, tackles "clave changes", one of the most misunderstood and hotly-debated topics in music. Also included is a general Rhythmic Terminology appendix, suggested listening and reading lists, and an introduction to the "Beyond Salsa" series of instruction books for piano, bass, timbales, drums, congas, bongó, and rhythm section ensemble.

Publication Date:
1466462302 / 9781466462304
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US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8" x 10"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Music / Instruction & Study / Theory

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