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Bass Lines With Jaime Vazquez: Bass Lines – Tapping the Clave

Meet Jaime Vazquez –

Happy Anniversary BMM! It’s a great honor for me to be a part of the BMM Family!

For this special issue I will show you how to tap the clave while your grooving at the same time. Remember that the clave is a repetitive rhythmic pattern that serves as a guide when you’re playing a melody or grooving latin music. For the next several examples, we’re going to tap the notes with both hands at the same time (tap the groove with your left hand and tap the chord tones with your right hand). Coordination will be the big challenge and take care with the length of the notes.

Example 1. Here we have the appropiate pattern for the Brazilian style called Bossa Nova. This basic and repetitive pattern will be used for playing the chord tones with your right hand.

Example 2. This is the intro for Bossa with me, an original theme that I’m playing live. Hear how the clave fits the groove.

Example 3. There are three clave patterns for the Afro-Cuban styles (the son clave, the rumba clave and the 6/8 clave). Here we will be using the son clave 2:3.

Example 4. A basic bass tumbao. Tap this groove with your left hand. Then, tap the son clave 2:3 with the chord tones using your right hand.



  1. Jaime Vazquez

    Jaime Vazquez

    September 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Enjoy! 😉

    Keep grooving!

  2. Jose Valentin

    September 3, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Excelente columna, Jaime! Es bastante retador el material q presentas pero ayuda un monton para la sincronizacion de las 2 manos. Lo mejor es trabajar cada mano aparte para luego unirlas… Sigue hacia adelante y exito con la columna!

  3. Jaime Vazquez

    Jaime Vazquez

    September 3, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks Jose for your comments! 😉

    Let’s Jam!

  4. Tucson Bass Player

    September 4, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Bookmarked for Sunday practice, great work as always Jaime!

  5. mikael

    September 13, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Jaime, tremendo trabajo, eres un exelente musico y tiene un profesionalismo increible. Sigue adelante. EXITO

  6. Daisy Colón

    September 13, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Es muy interesante este artículo. Apesar de que soy flautista he podido entender el tema que expones, ya que lo escribes de manera sencilla y clara. En horabuena para los bajistas!!!!!

    Excelente!!!! Te felicito!!!!

  7. Issam Pereira

    September 13, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Im always suprise… Mete mano que lo bueno esta por venir…

  8. Joselyn Colon

    September 28, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Go on Jaime! You’re my favorite bass player! No doubt about it!

  9. Joselyn Colon

    September 28, 2010 at 8:21 am

    From Puerto Rico to the world!

  10. Elizabeth Alexandra Vazquez

    September 30, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Wow! An amazing bass lesson as always! An advanced lesson…

  11. Jose Vega

    November 7, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I love the tapping stuff in latin music!
    My favorite lesson!

  12. Daniel

    February 6, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Tapping con la clave! Uffff! Esto esta a otro nivel!

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