Claves originally came from Cuba. They are two short, round sticks made of solid wood. The two sticks are banged together to give a sharp crack. One stick is held with the hand cupped, and the other stick is used as a beater.
How to play: Cup one hand. Place one of the claves on it so that the clave rests between the base of your thumb and the ends of your fingers. Your hand should form a hollow chamber underneath the clave. Hold the other clave by the end in your other hand. Hold your cupped hand motionless, and bring the clave you are holding by the end down to strike the clave on the cupped hand.