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Skratch Lessons: California Roll

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[MUSIC]
Okay, so you've learned baby steps.
This is gonna be the same thing, but
you're using crabs and
therefore the name California roll.
[MUSIC]
So
this is the movement on the, on the record
without the fader.
[MUSIC]
It's like that moving baby.
Kinda drifting, I'm bringing it back now.
[MUSIC]
And just like the the baby steps.
[MUSIC]
Just doing crabs on it.
[MUSIC]
This is California rolls.
So once again, do it slow.
[MUSIC]
And those are California rolls.
So go ahead and practice that.
And I'll practice this California roll.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All right,
so we're gonna do this class, and it's
it's on the California Roll.
California Roll is basically, it's this
scratch.
[MUSIC]
But with crabs.
[MUSIC]
All
right so, what that is is this scratch
right here, we're gonna break it down.
Before we get into the crabs, we're gonna
get into the root of it.
[MUSIC]
What is that right there?
[MUSIC]
That scratch is basically this right here.
Right?
One, two, three, four notes.
All right?
So what's, what that is this,
let's break it down.
So, two, tears back.
[MUSIC]
Right?
And then you're gonna do a double-click
right after that.
A double-click flair.
[MUSIC]
All right let's do that super slow motion.
All right?
So start it in reverse.
[MUSIC]
All right, two back,
and then your two click flair.
[MUSIC]
All right, that's how you get that weird
roll thing.
Now, all you gotta do with this if you
want to make that a California Roll is you
add your, your crabs in there, right?
So let's just add, like, there's this,
like, a four-fingered crab in there.
[MUSIC]
Right?
That's, actually that's on the forward.
So you just do the two back.
[MUSIC]
And then crab.
[MUSIC]
Right?
That's all it is.
[MUSIC]
And for those of you who don't know how to
do crab, it's just basically, if you could
do this.
[NOISE] Right, if you could tap all your
fingers, rub all your fingers.
If you could do that, you could do crab.
That's all it is.
It's just kind of rubbing your fingers
across the fader.
Like, just like that.
[SOUND] And
your thumb is kinda like pushing the fader
out.
[SOUND] All right?
Cuz your thumbs like a spring.
[SOUND] See how it just keeps the fader
open?
[MUSIC]
And that is a California Roll.
[MUSIC]
I'm
letting the record go forward a little
bit.
[MUSIC]
That's moving forward.
[SOUND] And bring it back.
[MUSIC]
All right?
So that's California Roll.
[MUSIC]