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Skratch Lessons: Skratch Arrangement

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[MUSIC]
All right.
We'll learn how to structure the
scratches, you know, kinda like,
in the song form.
And so, there's a thing that I learned
from a drummer and it's called a, a, b, a.
All right.
[MUSIC]
It doesn't have to be that exact thing,
but this is just kind of like my favorite
thing to do.
When I scratch I do a lot of this.
You might notice it.
I kind of flip it around too.
Anyway, so, it's like this.
All right.
You got four boxes here.
[MUSIC]
All right.
And so, like this.
A, A, B, A.
All right.
Hey, quiet on the set.
[LAUGH] All right.
So, this is that's like a scratch that is
the same as that scratch,
and then this is something different.
And then, this scratch is the same as
these first two scratches.
So, it kind of rhymes.
So, it's gonna be like this.
[SOUND].
Something else, Something else.
Whatever the hell.
[SOUND]
[MUSIC]
Got a rhyme,
so it would be like this, right?
[MUSIC]
See how that works right there.
Or, you can do this.
Right, so same, same, different, same, all
right?
[MUSIC]
All right.
You get the idea with that.
Now, you could just go on and on and on
with that, all day long.
And, it doesn't have to be like that, you
can, you can flip it around.
You know, you could do like.
This is kinda like what a lot of drummers
do.
Another.
The drumming, and then there's the last
thing is like a film, a fill, you know.
So, that would be like, you know.
[SOUND]
[MUSIC]
[NOISE]
[MUSIC]
You know like a, that's different.
You kinda get that right, I mean it
doesn't have to be like that either,
it can be like, can be like
[MUSIC]
This one's cool to right here.
[MUSIC]
Basically, you're just rhyming it.
Right?
These are the, these are the rhymes.
Wherever the same letter is, it is going
to rhyme with that, so
this would be like, you know.
Then, b.
[MUSIC]
Then b, alright?
That's that, and you can flip the letters
in different ways.
So, think about, you can just, as you're
scratching,
you can just keep on flipping letters and
different styles.
And if, what I do a lot, because, I do it
a lot, I make a lot of mistakes.
If I do a mistake, it'll be like uh-oh, I
gotta repeat that mistake, you know.
And so, it becomes like the next part.
I'll show you something.
So, let's say, let's say I'm doing this
right here.
And then, then I make.
Okay, wait a minute.
This what I learned from a buckethead He
would start the rhyme from here.
Let's say this.
[MUSIC]
Was a mistake.
Lets just say lets just call that a letter
c.
Okay.
And, here we just continue that over here,
and then
then you can just rhyme some over here
[MUSIC]
All right.
So, see, I'm scratching right here.
[MUSIC]
The beat.
[MUSIC]
Ooh.
[MUSIC]
See that?
So, that mistake turned into these things
right here.
So, the listener won't think it's a
mistake.
They'll think you're just leading into
that next part.
And so, you can just keep going on and on
with that.
And that's pretty much how, you know,
you can just structure your music, all day
doing that.
Just like, when you're freestyling, just
keeping those, those rhymes going.
You can do stuff like this too.
Like.
[MUSIC]
like let's see let's do this
B right here, right?
Let's do, like two Bs in there.
[MUSIC]
All right, so that'll be like.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
So, it would be.
[NOISE] Then.
[NOISE] See that?
It's like there's two little rhymes in
there and then they'll come back to that.
[MUSIC]
It's like you're rhyming within the rhyme.
So, it goes like this.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
It's on it's own.
So, I hope that helps you out, a little
structurization in your scratching,
scratch structuring, what do you wanna
call that it's called scratch structuring,
it's called scratched structuring.
Just like that, and you have to make your
face like that too.
Scratch structuring, scratch structuring!
[MUSIC]
[INAUDIBLE].
>> [LAUGH].
>> All right.
So, yeah.
[MUSIC]