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Skratch Lessons: Crescent Flares

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Crescent flares.
These are pretty important.
Because it's a combination of flaring,
transform, and then back out of a flare.
It's kind of why it's like a crescent, you
Flare, transform, back out into a flare.
So it's like.
Let's do.
It's a baby.
So we're gonna start as a flare.
There's a transform then-
Back out into a flare.
So it's three clicks.
Into to make four notes right so right in
there three clicks one,
two, three, so its four right over here,
it goes backwards to forward then that
click is right
at the backward movement then it comes out
[NOISE] go real slow.
All right, watch the fader, it's open.
So you can do as may transforms as you
want in the middle, but
as soon as you start.
As a flair and end as a flair.
You can do like start here and do the
whole bunch of clicks and
it comes out as a flair still.
So here you go.
[SOUND] And your transform.
[SOUND] Transform.
[SOUND] Transform, transform.
[SOUND] Transform.
[SOUND] And out into a flair.
That's it.
That's a crescent flare.
You can do it with crab.
Crab transform and
back out as a flare.
But let's start back from the basics, and
we're just doing three clicks which is
four notes.
And you can do remember earlier it was
the two click, I mean two tears forward,
two tears back, that's the clover.
then you do the three click crescent flare
over that and it'll get it more.
Of an accented type of sound [NOISE]
you can add as many clicks as you want in
the middle those are all transforms.
All right.
Can you check for
me the chirps, I mean transition the
And that.
is a crescent flare.
That's four, four click crescent flare.
So that's gonna be five notes.
So you can play with different rhythms
with that each, each click or each note is
gonna switch up the rhythm.
So mess around with that.
And, that is a crescent flare.