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Skratch Lessons: Chirps

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All right,
these next scratches are called chirps and
was made famous by Jazzy Jeff,
on the song, the Magnificent Jazzy Jeff,
the same song with the,
where he did the transform scratch and you
use a whistle sound like this.
[SOUND] And he did this scratch.
And the way you do that is kinda do this
kind of thing [SOUND] Kinda your hands are
doing the same thing, but what it is,
what, what you're really doing is you're
fading the sound out as it comes in.
[SOUND] So it's totally off and to the
opposite faded back in.
And usually you hear a lot of DJ's do that
in combos like they'll go into some flares
for a chirp.
Or crabs.
this is really useful in a lot of
combinations to transition the different
patterns and stuff but let's do some more
chirps, so once again it's.
Let the sound in, you fade it out.
Fade back in.
Fade it out.
Fade it back in.
really easy when you do it more and stuff.
So you can do forward chirps.
And then backwards chirps.
Forward, backward.
That's a little more advanced but
you know, as you get better you can start
doing the forward and
reverse combos of chirps.
You gotta do that dance too.
But here's a way to look at it.
If you, if you don't understand this is a
fade right here, right?
That is the fader volume.
So once again it's totally, the volume's,
as loud as it is and
you can just fade it out as it comes in.
[SOUND] And back in.
that's a chirp
You can even do it on the switch too.
All these scratches you can pretty much do
on the switch.
This can be a much more sharper cutoff.
So, just practice that.
Fade out.
[SOUND] Fade in.
[SOUND] Fade out, fade in,
Those are chirps.
Bird and scratch.
Sound like a bird.
You can do that with any sound, too.
here's Tyra, doing some chirp