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Skratch Lessons: Waves

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[MUSIC]
All right,
these are waves because the sounds gonna
be like waves.
Cuz the sounds gonna be like wave, like
it's a really slow vibrato, it's like wah,
wah, wah.
[SOUND]
Kind of got that from a girl DJ cuz,
like all the guys are scratching really
hard.
And this one girl DJ was scratching, and
she was really smooth on the turntable.
And I was like I like that, kind of like
that smooth stuff.
So a lot of, all the DJs.
[SOUND]
You know everyone's all tough and stuff.
This girl was just all.
[SOUND]
And I was like sounds really cool and
it was making me like go like this I was
like it's nice.
So that's pretty much a wave.
So it's just wah, wah, kind of say it with
your mouth and you can do it.
[SOUND]
It's actually really hard to do, you know.
Sometimes I guess the guys get caught up
in the faster, the stronger, the louder,
you know, but then also the opposite is
really difficult as well,
a bit more smooth and slow, and subtle is
very important as well, so.
Yeah, practice your waves, these are very
important.
[SOUND]
All right different rhythms with that.
It's also an art too when you draw.
You know it's like a lot of smooth artists
or
painters it's like the wave and the way
they control the brush and all that.
Same thing this scratching is you're
drawing sound,
you're painting sound you're sculpting
sound.
You're creating, you know, something out
of sound.
Same way with.
[SOUND]
With that, you know.
[LAUGH] Same with sound.
Same with scratching.
It's kind of just that flow, you know.
Even in kung fu and tai chi, you know it's
really.
It's really smooth and stuff.
It's like.
[SOUND] Tai chi,
I don't know anything about that, but you
know same old deal.
It's like it's harder to go slow than it
is to go fast a lot of times.
So keep that in mind and practice all of
your stuff slow.
[SOUND]
Waves.
[MUSIC]
Waving goodbye.
[MUSIC]