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Skratch Lessons: Crab Skratch

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right this next technique's called crabs.
Basically you're using all your fingers on
the fader,
your thumb is a spring, and it sounds like
It's kinda like transforming, you kinda
move the record slow [NOISE] then you rub
your fingers across the fader.
You can use two fingers, three fingers,
four fingers.
But I think for me the easiest is, is
using three.
Took a while for me to get cuz the way
to get it is you gotta do it really slow
and you gotta get each finger in.
In time you get the the crab feeling down.
The, the way, the reason why it's called
crabs, it's not really called crabs,
it's called crapes.
It's actually called crepe cuz we went to
Lebanon me and
Mix Master Mike from the Beastie Boys the
We went to Lebanon and we ordered some
crepes and they said you mean a crepe.
And so we're like, I don't know, we just,
you know, we're kids so
we're laughing at their accent and we
started saying hey,
why don't we call that scratch the crepes
So it's really called a crepe scratch.
It's really called a crepe.
But, anyways, it's crab scratch nowadays
cuz everyone,
no one knew how to say crepe.
Pretty dumb story, but that's what it is.
these come in handy when you're doing when
you wanna go really super fast, you know?
You can combine two fingers.
What if you could do one?
Never mind.
Well you might, I guess you're gonna need
more than one finger to do a crab.
it's rubbing your fingers across the
A long time ago when I, when I tried doing
[SOUND] I, I thought to myself,
I saw this guy DJ XL in in Europe who was
doing a Twiddle Scratch.
You know, like, tapping the fader.
And that, I say why,
instead of tapping it, why don't you just
rub your fingers across the fader?
[NOISE] And that's how we came up with the
crab scratch.
But yeah, it's the crab.
So practice it really slow, each finger
one at a time.
Until you get it, you know, nice and even.
[SOUND] Go from there.
And that's a crepe scratch.