Claves is a percussion instrument, consisting of
a pair of short, thick wooden dowels. When struck they produce a bright
clicking noise. Claves are sometimes hollow and carved in the middle to
amplify the sound.
The basic principle when playing
claves is to allow at least one of them to resonate. The usual
technique is to hold one horizontally by cupping it in the hand,
touching the clave only at either end using fingers to stabilise it. It
is then struck at its center with the other clave.
Click here to listen to the sound
of the claves.
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