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Skratch Lessons: Introduction to: The Infamous Mantronix Routine

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[MUSIC]
Shortcut, what's up man?
>> Come.
>> I'm the juggling prince.
In my school, I'm the sickest DJ at my DJ
academy.
But yo, I've been watching YouTube and
I can't get that juggling thing that you
got down yet.
Yo, how do you break that down for me,
man?
Break that down for me, please.
>> I'll show you bro.
>> Peace.
>> Right on.
About to break down the man, China's
juggle right now.
Basically the way you look at it is listen
to the whole record, get your parts down.
[MUSIC]
You got lyrics right there.
You got a, a head note, stuff you can use.
[MUSIC]
You know,
your body has to juggle, you know what I'm
saying, like, the center of it, and
from there, you can come up with different
compositions, different sequences.
[MUSIC]
In
that little sequence right there, you got,
like head notes,
card snares, hard kicks, use all that in
the juggle.
So right now we're going to break down
every little part of the juggle,
from the intro.
[MUSIC]
And
the juggle starts right here
[MUSIC]
Double it up.
[MUSIC]
Slow rub.
[MUSIC]
So that was the second part, right there.
Basically that was a complete like intro,
build it up, and then when you get all,
when you make up as much stuff in the
juggle, then you go to your body of it
like the the chorus or the main part, you
know what I'm saying?
That's usually with the head note.
Right there you didn't get any kicks yet,
so now I'm gonna bring in the kicks.
[MUSIC]
Right there,
I did a little bit of everything, like
incorporate some scratches in the juggle.
Little parts that you want to just you
know I, I heard like the head note.
The head note's pretty much scratchable
too.
[MUSIC]
So you can incorp that,
incorporate that within a juggle.
[MUSIC]
Know what I'm saying?
So, now that we once with the intro and
then the build-up before the the main part
of the juggle happens for
me, as a main juggle, comes in when the
kick comes in.
And this is the whole part I'll be messing
with right now.
[MUSIC]
Right there,
I'll be trying to utilize every little
part of that juggle.
Everything from the head note from the
beginning and
another kick snare, which will be a fill
in.
[MUSIC]
And
from there I'll just try to make up as
much stuff as I can.
Here's what I came up with.
[MUSIC]
So right there within the juggle, I showed
up with scratches.
Back and forth I used a, utilized the head
note as a scratch within a juggle.
[MUSIC]
You know, did that with a little bit of,
transforms in there so I mean pretty much
if you use a bunch of combinations but for
me that's what I use, I use, I utilize the
head notes.
[MUSIC]
And
a little back a little bit of the rewind.
[MUSIC]
Has a little stop so yeah, like I said,
you can utilize most of the parts of the
juggle for
me I listen to every little part of the
record and see what I can come up with.
[MUSIC]