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Skratch Lessons: Counting Beats - Part 1

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All right, what's up everybody?
We're gonna count beats.
And this is a very important lesson that I
learned when I was in music school.
I only went for like two days, but this
is very important while I was there I
learned this really cool thing.
It's really easy.
I'm gonna talk about this right here.
What the heck?
A tag on the board.
Let me see.
Where's that marker?
All right so, counting beats.
This is really easy.
Everyone's like, how long is a bar and all
this stuff.
And where do I come in when, how many bars
should I come in and
how, when should I scratch?
How many bars do you want me to MC on?
Things like that.
So this is how to count a beat, and it's
like this.
One, two, three, four.
One, so that is one bar, all right?
So on the beat you got the the snare.
Pack, pack, pack right?
Every snare is gonna be an even number,
like a two or a four, right?
So it's gonna be like one, two, three,
And that's how you know where you at in
the music.
So if you're gonna count the beat.
One, two, three, four, one, two, three,
four, one, two, three, four.
It's always gonna be like that, right?
When does a four-four beat end, like.
I guess 90% of the music out there is
There's other things, but we're gonna talk
about that later, right?
So this beat is going like this, right
One, two, three, four.
And of course this is the one, it's just
like a loop, right?
We can put that there.
That's a one right but, I don't wanna
confuse you.
But you already know, keep that in mind,
that's just a loop, right?
So it's like one, two, three, four, one,
two, three, four, and so on.
Pretty simple, right?
So if you wanna to break that.
If you're doing scratches and you're
scratching in,
this is called quarter notes, right?
One, two, three, four.
I'mma scratch in quarter notes, right?
All right?
So, if that, if these are quarter notes
then this is gonna be a half note, right?
This gonna be a half note, like this.
One two.
[LAUGH] One, three.
One, three.
Three, right?
All right,
so now I'm scratching in half notes,
And of course this would be a whole note.
That's a whole note, right?
All right, so that's a whole note.
That's really simple, right?
But we're talking about breaking up notes,
so we're gonna go back to.
One, two, three, four,
one, two, three, four.
So somebody's like I want you to start on
the four, all right?
So if you want to start on the four, it
would be like this.
You know,
someone is like start on the four all
So you, the beats come in it's like.
One, two, three.
You know what I mean?
If you wanna start on the two, it'll be
like this.
So the beat's going like that and it's
like, one.
Wanna start on the three, it's like.
You get that?
All right.
So then we're gonna go into eighth notes.
Eighth notes will be half of this, right.
Like in between these.
then that'd be like one and two and three
and four and.
And that's how you say it.
These would be ands, right?
So we're gonna mark that as and.
Do the and symbol.
That's what I do anyway.
One and two and three and four and one,
and two and three and four and.
And so the ands are when your head goes
If you're head bobbing, right?
So your head's gonna be going up on those.
All right?
So eighth notes are one, and two, and
three, and four, and one, and two, and
three, and four and, all right?
Pretty simple,
unless of course if you're head bobbing in
reverse like some people do they're like.
Or, how does it go?
You know.
You can do the head bobbing on the in
So, you got that.
Someone's, someone's like, start on the
two and, all right?
So it's like.
One, two and.
Two and, right?
Is that right?
One and three and two.
One and, yeah that's right.
So if I wanna start on the one and it
would be like this.
If I wanna start on the four end,
it'll be like this.
One and two and three and four.
What up?
You get that right?
You start on the four and, when I start on
the three and, it'll be one and
two and three.
All right?