Hey folks, I've been interested in and playing Afro-Cuban music for a few years off and on, and I had always been told, or more likely I read somewhere or saw in an instructional video, that the descending half of a 2-bar bass tumbao - never the ascending half - should always fall on the 3 side of the clave. This is, of course, only for 2 bar tumbaos. To be clear, I had always thought that if you're playing 1-5-8 (tied to) 8-5-1, that the 5-8 should happen on the 2 side of the clave 2-bar pattern, and the 8-5-1 or just 5-1 should always happen on the 3 side. I now play in a salsa band that's not very Cuban-oriented, and I have read a lot of stuff on the internet that suggests that the bass tumbao is actually clave-neutral, meaning you can ascend on the 3 side and descend on the 2 side if you wanted? But actually I've noticed in most of the recordings of the salsa, merengue, bachata, etc songs we play (when there is a tumbao present), the majority of the bassists seem to prefer a one-bar tumbao, which gets you around the clave side issue, since you're repeating the same pattern in both bars of the clave. What are your thoughts on clave independence vs clave locking, and specifically, in what styles or scenarios would you do one or the other? I'm still learning a lot about playing in a salsa band. Are there names for different types of bass tumbaos, aside from just style/genre name differences? I thought I remembered hearing about the "mambo tumbao" as being different from another type of tumbao, but now I don't remember where or when I heard that, or if it's true at all. Thanks ahead of time!