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[MUSIC]
All right, the transformer scratch.
Back in 1986 I think Cash Money had came
our with a record
called Scratching to the Funk.
Doctor Funkenstein and he destroyed this
song it's called.
[SOUND] It's that Pump Me Up song.
And if you ever find that vinyl, I think
it was, like, foo,
500 bucks on eBay I seen it.
But he destroys transforming.
He's the first one to come out with
transforming at that time, and
no one knew what it was.
But it was, it was this new scratch, you
know.
Let's see if I have a Pump Me Up sound.
[MUSIC]
He was doing that all over the record.
Crazy, 1986, way back then, it was like,
what the hell is that?
And a little bit after that,
Jazzy Jeff came out with a record called a
song called The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff.
And it was in the end of the song, the MC,
you know him Will Smith, his name was The
Fresh Prince back then,
he said and when DJs started to transform
and he did a transform scratch as well.
And that was the big thing back then.
Anyway, if you ever get those records,
check out, check out the styles on there.
It's incredible, Jeff tears it up, Cash
Money tears it up.
And it goes like this, you move the record
real slow.
[MUSIC]
Well not real slow but you could, and
then you're moving the fader really fast.
[MUSIC]
And
the reason why they call it a transformer
scratch is cuz at,
at that time the cartoon was really
popular, Transformers cartoon.
And it, it sort of sounded like that
[NOISE] type of sound and
that was the transform scratch.
Now there's millions of ways to transform
and but I'm gonna show you,
like, a basic way, so.
Once again, you move the fader fast.
You don't really have to move it that
fast.
You can move it slow.
And you can move the record even slower.
[MUSIC]
There, there's like infinity of rhythms
you can do with transforming, but that's
basically what transforming is.
And later on we'll teach you how to do
dicing,
which is when you tear you can transform
the tears.
[MUSIC]
But for
now let's just practice some basic
transforms.
So try to move the record slow.
[MUSIC]
Then move the fader fast.
[MUSIC]
The hard
part about that is kind of like how you,
when you pat your head and
you do the circle thing, or whatever on
your chest.
It's kinda, like, you gotta split your,
split your movements.
So that's gonna take a while, but when you
get it, it's really fun.
[MUSIC]
Transformer scratch.
>> [INAUDIBLE]
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All right, the transformer scratch.
Back in 1986 I think Cash Money had came
our with a record
called Scratching to the Funk.
Doctor Funkenstein and he destroyed this
song it's called.
[SOUND] It's that Pump Me Up song.
And if you ever find that vinyl, I think
it was, like, foo,
500 bucks on eBay I seen it.
But he destroys transforming.
He's the first one to come out with
transforming at that time, and
no one knew what it was.
But it was, it was this new scratch, you
know.
Let's see if I have a Pump Me Up sound.
[MUSIC]
He was doing that all over the record.
Crazy, 1986, way back then, it was like,
what the hell is that?
And a little bit after that,
Jazzy Jeff came out with a record called a
song called The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff.
And it was in the end of the song, the MC,
you know him Will Smith, his name was The
Fresh Prince back then,
he said and when DJs started to transform
and he did a transform scratch as well.
And that was the big thing back then.
Anyway, if you ever get those records,
check out, check out the styles on there.
It's incredible, Jeff tears it up, Cash
Money tears it up.
And it goes like this, you move the record
real slow.
[MUSIC]
Well not real slow but you could, and
then you're moving the fader really fast.
[MUSIC]
And
the reason why they call it a transformer
scratch is cuz at,
at that time the cartoon was really
popular, Transformers cartoon.
And it, it sort of sounded like that
[NOISE] type of sound and
that was the transform scratch.
Now there's millions of ways to transform
and but I'm gonna show you,
like, a basic way, so.
Once again, you move the fader fast.
You don't really have to move it that
fast.
You can move it slow.
And you can move the record even slower.
[MUSIC]
There, there's like infinity of rhythms
you can do with transforming, but that's
basically what transforming is.
And later on we'll teach you how to do
dicing,
which is when you tear you can transform
the tears.
[MUSIC]
But for
now let's just practice some basic
transforms.
So try to move the record slow.
[MUSIC]
Then move the fader fast.
[MUSIC]
The hard
part about that is kind of like how you,
when you pat your head and
you do the circle thing, or whatever on
your chest.
It's kinda, like, you gotta split your,
split your movements.
So that's gonna take a while, but when you
get it, it's really fun.
[MUSIC]
Transformer scratch.
>> [INAUDIBLE]
[MUSIC]