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Skratch Lessons: Swipe Family

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[MUSIC]
All right.
These are in the same family of swipes.
So these scratches are kinda different
ways of getting clicks or pauses or
spaces in between the sound or cutting the
sound in half or
dividing the sound without using the
fader, without going.
[NOISE] You know, you can do stuff like
like I said earlier, a swipe.
[NOISE] And you do this like, put your
whole hand on the record and go.
[NOISE] You do that there's all these
lines on the this,
the platter, you can rub fingernail across
the platter like this,
but then keep your finger on, a little bit
on the record that way you can go.
[MUSIC]
All right those are called
that's called a nail file.
[MUSIC]
You can
use this thing here, this is called a red
light district.
[MUSIC]
I'm using my thumb, my thumbs gonna hit
this and part of the record, part of my
thumbs gonna hold onto the record.
[MUSIC]
That free swipe that way your hand is free
to these things over here, fade it out.
[MUSIC]
I'll do a seesaw.
[MUSIC]
Crab.
[MUSIC]
You can do a,
this thing is called a freshwater crab.
You put your fingernails right here.
[MUSIC]
Rub your finger over the fingernail.
[MUSIC]
This will make a [INAUDIBLE] like that,
put three fingers in there.
[MUSIC]
Get more.
[SOUND] This is saltwater crab, put your
fingers upside down.
[MUSIC]
Dino and Happy,
I want to give them a shout out.
San Diego, great DJs, they came up with
this one.
[MUSIC]
And yeah,
those are all in the swipe family.
If you got any other ideas of how you can
do that,
maybe you can use this thing over here
lets try this out.
[MUSIC]
Kinda goofy little things but
they're all part of this swipe family so
yeah.
Let's try one more,
let's see if we can get one this is gonna
be tricky cuz the needle's right here.
[MUSIC]
[SOUND]
That one's called a finger smasher.
And don't try that at home.
But yeah, those are all part of the swipe
family, and you know and
once again, there's no rules to
scratching, it's kind of like a new art.
So we're kind of making this up, making up
Once
again there are no rules so
you know make up your own style you know?
Swipe family.
[MUSIC]