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Watch the Instruments & Claves online guitar lesson by Jesús Hernández from Buena Vista Cuban Guitar Guidebook

Cuban music is quite extensive. It has a lot of different styles within folklore and popular music, like changüí, rumba, danzón, and charangas. It is played on instruments like the tres, guitar, and many percussion instruments like congas, bongos, maracas, güiro, clave/wood block, cencerro (cowbell), and timbales.

In this course, our attention goes to the claves, as they decide which rhythmic pattern will be followed by all instruments. We'll look at different styles, but mainly the son and son montuno, as they are the two most played ones.