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Skratch Lessons: 2 Faced Hippo

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All right, all right,
so this is for everybody that's getting
stuck and you don't know where to go.
Usually what I say is add or subtract the
So let's say if you're doing a one click.
You just add a number to the like
the beginning or the second half.
So let's just draw out a one click flare,
all right.
So you got a one click flare.
Forward, backward, and you put that little
click there.
Click there.
So if you get lost then you wanna, you
go somewhere else, just add or subtract
the clicks.
So I'm gonna add a click here,
which makes that a one click flare to a
two click flare, all right?
So, now it's gonna be a hippopotamus
All right, so.
Or you could do it in the reverse way,
which is you know?
Let's do a scratch like this.
You can do the reverse of that.
You know, and this is that hip part of the
scratch I've been talking about.
All right?
And then, when you got that, you know?
Then you can combine the scratch, right?
So, let's just combine these two scratches
Just combine it just to, so you know.
So that's a one click to two click, two
click to one click.
It's like a, I call this a a two faced
hippopotamus, right?
So that would be.
Might have to look at it.
All right.
All right, so that's what that is.
Basically if you really trip off of it.
It's just a one click to two click.
One click orbit to two click orbit.
But what, what's tricky about it is,
is just, just the two click orbit starts
in reverse.
And well you can actually start it here if
you want.
So if you want to start it here and go
this way, then it would be like.
Anyway, so.
If you get lost always add or subtract the
scratch, you can even add,
put a three click in there, four click, 20
click, zillion clicks.
Or you could add tears in there so let's
just, let's add some tears in there.
All right, so tears are gonna come from,
if you practice tears a lot,
it's just gonna come second nature to make
your hand move like that.
Anyway, that's another story.
Another way to to move on from there is
you can do that in the triplet form.
You know, you, all your scratches I always
suggest to do like, three rhythms or more.
You know?
So let's just try it triplet, all right?
So triplet is, you know?
One two three, one two three, one two
three, one two three.
So if we were doing a one click, one click
flare would be.
So, if we were just doing this first half
right here in a triplet form it'd be.
All right?
So, now if we put both together.
Let me try that and a triplet.
Took me a while to get into it, but
that is kind of like where you can see
where you can just
keep on continuing, continuing,
continuing, adding.
Subtracting, switching stuff around, going
into triplet,
going through the different rhythms, and
yeah so that was a two face hippopotamus.