This is a public version of the members-only Hip-Hop Scratch with DJ Qbert, at ArtistWorks. Functionality is limited, but CLICK HERE for full access if you’re ready to take your playing to the next level.

These lessons are available only to members of Hip-Hop Scratch with DJ Qbert.
Join Now

Digital Applications
Training Dojo

In this section, you can have call and response sessions with experienced skratch djs. They'll skratch the questions, and you skratch the answers. Here, you can try to copy them or just freestyle. Try out the skratches you've learned and put them together in your own way. It's that easy!

When you get better, you can post your own call and response "sessions" for the training dojo so that others can skratch along with you too!

Beat Juggling
Setup & Gear
Helpful Hints
Guest Professors
30 Day Challenge
«Prev of Next»

Skratch Lessons: Swipes

Lesson Video Exchanges () submit video Submit a Video Lesson Study Materials () This lesson calls for a video submission
Study Materials
information below
Lesson Specific Downloads
Play Along Tracks
Backing Tracks +
Written Materials +
Additional Materials +
resource information below Close
Collaborations for
resource information below Close
Submit a video for   

This video lesson is available only to members of
Hip-Hop Scratch with DJ Qbert.

Join Now

information below Close
Course Description

This page contains a transcription of a video lesson from Hip-Hop Scratch with DJ Qbert. This is only a preview of what you get when you take Skratch Lessons at ArtistWorks. The transcription is only one of the valuable tools we provide our online members. Sign up today for unlimited access to all lessons, plus submit videos to your teacher for personal feedback on your playing.

CLICK HERE for full access.
All right, these are swipes.
This is a scratch that you're gonna cut
the sound in half.
You know how you usually cut the sound in
half with one click.
[SOUND] You know, with that's a flare.
[SOUND] But I guess I thought of,
what if I was on a planet that didn't have
a mixer, how would you do that cut off?
So I thought of just, you know, this is
what you can do with by pausing.
[NOISE] Okay, the tears, or you can cut
the sound
off by tapping the record with your
And this is called swipes.
And you can also use two fingers.
use three fingers.
[SOUND] Four fingers.
And if you were from that planet, that
didn't have the mixers,
you can use 10 fingers or how many fingers
your planet has that you're born with.
Those are swipes.
And let's try those out.
Backwards, forwards.
[SOUND] Forward and backward.
Got a give out,
a shout out to Yoga Frog who named the
swipes cuz I was doing it one day.
And he was like those are cool swipes.
So that's how the name came out.
All these scratch names come about it just
out of accident you know.
I'm sure a lot of all these other
scratches you hear have different names
and stuff but you know it's like, it's
like forward cuts.
It's all the same thing.
So anyway besides the point,
those are swipes.
Once again, let's
do it in slow motion.
So you let the record play and you cut the
sound in half.
So I, I see some guys do it with their
It's kinda crazy.
So they like, they they let it go.
And then they press their thumb down and
they cut it in half.
Really tricky to do that but yeah.
Maybe, you know, you could practice that
thumb, those are called thumb swipes.
You can probably get those two, kind of a
crazy scratch, kind of exotic, too.
Yeah, swipes.