Discussion in 'DJ's, MC's & Turntablism' started by rmt, Mar 28, 2004.
how do i scratch! i try'n' try and suck bad
i just cannot scratch
how do i!
Maybe check out Q*Bertz How To Scratch Video. Check out the Turntablism section on the forum.
Nice one. Forgot bout that site. It's quality. :thumbsup:
what happened with me - and i hear this from many people - is that it kinda just hits you one day and bam! you can scratch! The hardest part is learning to co-ordinate both your hands - one pushing the record and one pushing the fader - its a bit like patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time...
yeah I reckon its a bit in common with drumming as well ... both rhymthic movements, but moving in different time. I must practice cos I can't scratch beyond a baby scractH
i love crabbin' it hamstah style.
is that like gerbilling?
hahaha i see!
the scratchin site above, i dunno how to scratch properly, what am i supposed to do wiv da crossfader, sorry, im a newbie!
yeah there's probably 1000 better scratchers on this forum to explain )(!!)( but basically the fader creates what part of the scratch sound you hear, it is a counter-rhythm.
So, say you doing a baby scratch- just dragging back and forth with no fader ::
If you cut the sound as you push forward, as you start to drag back open the fader up, and close it again when dragging back.
The sound you hear is the transition form forward to backward sound.
Or you could close the fader when pushing forward and open it up when dragging back, different sound.
This is where I am at myself, basic stuff.
It all is in rhythm, and there are many dudes here who can give far better advice on fader techniques like crabbing, gerbilling , hamstering, etc. As Aflliction said it comes after hours of practice I guess. Comon turntablists ... help the man out !!!
yeah pretty much same thing happened with me... tried scratching one night and couldnt do it to save my life... next night i jump up and BAM! I'm laying down quality flares and chirps like there's no tomorrow!!!!
just keep at it and surely it will 'click'
I was just looking at your questions and though I would regester to give you some tips.
I have been on the decks for 14 years now, and have been scratching for about 9 of those, I saw some of the tips people have been giving on mastering the art and they don't sound correct to me.
I found that the better I got at scratching the harder it became, the best advice I can give you is to keep your hand on the record (as it is tempting to let go after a few scratches to let the sample play, it makes bad scratching sound better!) but dont as this wont help you progress.
Its all about your scratching hand (not the cross fader) you will only be able to do complicated paterns like 2 click flairs and orbits once you have got a tight scratching motion.
Use small samples to get tighter as long ones will only slow down your learning.
I found that I was cutting out a lot of clicks by not being tight enough.
REMEMBER: its a two way motion, you can get four clicks in one forward motion and four on the way back, once you can do this you add quick baby scratches to double the rythym.
Once you can do most of the different types of scratches then the hard part comes, putting them together with your own style.
PS. Once you are tight enough to do orbits and flairs its much easier to juggle (you have much more time than you think!)
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