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Rumba Clave
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1) What most people in the USA call "rumba clave" (Cuban master Lazaro Pedroso calls it "Black Clave") can be portrayed like this. with the x indicating a strike and the O a rest (silence). The pattern is shown as two bars of 4/4 rhythm:

x o o x o o o x o o x o x o o o

It is the correct pattern for guaguancó, the most commonly heard rumba variant. It is what it is; there is no 2/3 or 3/2 variation.

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