Afro 12/8

Afro 12/8 - Drum Beat

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In this is beat, the African clave (bell pattern) is being used in a different way.

Usually, the African clave is felt as two bars of 3/4; an on and an off-beat bar:

However, in this groove, the pulse is felt in compound time, while the bell pattern is unchanged. The hi-hat w/foot part marks the pulse (see and hear below):


For the final groove, bass, snare and toms have been added to fill out the sound.

Have fun playing around with it!


Posted By:
Steve Ley
Steve Ley is a professional drummer, teacher, writer and Sheet Music Team Director for Online Drummer. He studied at the Australian National University, graduating with a Diploma of Music specializing in jazz performance.