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Is there a name for this little beat?

         main: .--.|--.-|--.-|-.--
accompaniment: .-.-|.-.-|.-.-|.-.-

(a dot is a hit and a dash is a rest)

Sorry for the makeshift notation and lack of terms, I'm not doing a great job at conveying this question... I hope my message gets through...

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What you wrote down is the clave of a ryhthm called Bossa Nova, although you usually write it as two bar pattern. It's a Brasilian rhyhthm pretty close to samba, mostly slower.

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Bah, ignore my previous comments, I see that Wikipedia has the beat there in a little image. +1! –  Matthew Read May 31 '11 at 16:08
    
Perfect, that's exactly what I was looking for but couldn't remember. –  Ricket May 31 '11 at 18:10

do you mean a son clave ? usally it is something with 3 against 2 or 2-against 3 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Son_and_rumba_clave.png

or

X . . X . . X . . . X . X . . .

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