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Skratch Lessons: Snakes

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All right these are snakes.
What you're gonna do, is rub your finger
across the record very lightly, and
it's gonna give it that vibrato sound
right, so that's this sound and
then when you do this.
I'm also rubbing it kinda diagonally.
So it's kinda like, there's a slight push
and then there's a, a drag, so it's,
I'll do it in slow motion.
And those are snakes.
The reason why it's called a snake is cuz
it's kind of like a, I don't know,
like, if you, it feels like an earthquake
or something that happened, or
if you're doing this, your hand was the
Richter's scale, if it, whatever,
and then the paper was being pulled out,
you're drawing a line that looked like
that wavy snake thing.
So, yeah.
previously it was called or back in the
days was called a side winder but
I guess snakes is easier to say than side
That's all I have to say about snakes.
Kind of a simple scratch, kind of exotic
Play with different rhythms.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 1, 2,
3, 4, 5, 6.
Whatever, any numbers you want.
It's just vibrato.
It's like a little effect to your scratch.
I think it was because of watching all
these musicians, and
they always do vibrato on their.
Ishman or whatever, and say, why can't we
do it on vinyl.
So, that's a snake.
That's well you can call it vibrato if
It's a vibrato scratch if you wanna sound
proper but,
you know, I think it's slightly cooler to
say snake.
Maybe it's a cobra scratch.
Let's change it to cobra.
Yeah man, the cobra scratch.
You know the cobra?
Yeah, the cobra dude.
Viper, ooh a viper, let's call it the
We're changing the names of scratches in
this section.
This is how to change a scratch name, but
No, this is the venom scratch, yeah the
Anyway, try it out.
It's really easy to do.
And that's the venom scratch.
We'll change it to venom now.
So, you're gonna see on the title of this
say snakes, cross it out, venom.
New venom scratch, yeah.
Cut me off before
I keep going.