One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pair of hardwood sticks used to make a hollow sound when struck together.
- ‘These three main patterns are amplified by turtle shells, claves, timbales, bongos, congas, maracas and tambourines.’
- ‘It's basically like a big compilation of West and Central African rhythms and claves; the book has different types of groups or families of rhythms, and then you get into polyrhythmic stuff, drumbeats.’
- ‘Musicians will demonstrate bomba and plena, and give a group lesson on the claves - wooden sticks that are the backbone of Latin rhythms.’
- ‘The mic was also nice on wooden percussion - claves, castanets, etc. - and hand claps and finger snaps.’
- ‘With the volume cranked to 4 on a minimalist bass and claves section, it could be easy to forget which band you're listening to.’
1920s: from Latin American Spanish, from Spanish clave ‘keystone’, from Latin clavis ‘key’.
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