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Skratch Lessons: Drumming 3.1

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Hi everybody, what's up?
Qsu family, this is alex, welcome to my
circutorial from the part,
drumming in this lesson, I wanna present
some methods of drum
scratching by using high hat bass drum
snare combinations,
or the acculume of this is HBS, high bass
drum snare.
And due to the fact that we add now a hi
hat into our performance we
create very interesting patterns.
You will see this in the videos.
To ensure a structure approach, I start as
always with some basics.
And at the end follows always a Q&A
section for you, for self-training.
You can always download the sample which I
use in the tutorial, and yeah, this is it.
Enjoy, bye bye.
So okay, we start with some basic as
similarly to the last part of my drumming
tutorial, we shall work with a simple
form of transcription to indicate the
different forms of pattern.
You can see this right now on the screen.
Yeah, let's repeat what we have learned.
Each good unit correspondents to and 116
It means one bar consists of 16, 16 parts.
All those little boxes represents a
position of
the segments inside the measure based on
the coloring used.
We can detect the respective segments.
The red boxes represent bass drum, the
green boxes indicate the snare, and
the blue boxes are hi hat All the white
boxes are posers.
So to show some nice possibilities of
using the HbS combo,
this is the HbS combo.
Hi hat bass drum snare.
drum switching please watch the following
So, okay, this is it.
And our aim is to master this style of
In order to do so, we will go step by step
now, and I will first show you some
methods to design the first quarter of a
beat in a four quarter time signature.
The respective notation indication helps
to memorize a sequence.
This is very important.
And after this, we take one special
pattern, and design the second,
the third, and the fourth part of the
entire drum scratching sequence.
For the purpose of demonstration,
I will play all of the variations in the
really slow tempo.
In this case, 60 BPM.
Let's go.
The first variation is done by starting
with the bass drums.
And we close the fader and move the record
to the start point of the high hat and
play the entire sequence.
It means.
Basically our combo is-
[SOUND] Hi hat base drum snare, now we
start with the bass drum.
That means we start playing this.
Bass drum, close fader, back to the start
point of the hi
hat And, we let the platter run.
And, with the crossfader.
[NOISE] So when I raise up the tempo,
this is now 80 bpm.
[NOISE] So and it's really important to
keep, and
so that the snare is placed on the two
beat, yeah.
[NOISE] Bass drum [NOISE] and swirl, and
Sorry, one, two, one, two, three, four and
one, two.
Yeah, the snare is placed on the two beat.
So what can be very helpful for
training is to play in accordance with a
metronome or an additional hi-hat.
Yeah, here's a short demo of the whole
measure, it's done by playing the same
pattern of segments also on the three
beat, and please have a look.
So, variation B.
Now we advance the complexity factor and
we start with a kick,
followed directly by high hat, and then we
play the entire sequence.
It goes like this.
I minimize the tempo for demonstration.
So that means at first the kick drum,
as the previous pattern, and then the high
That means kick drum,
high hat one time, and then we let the
entire sample play.
[SOUND] And.
So when I raise up the tempo,
it goes like this.
And it's very helpful when you play them.
You can also play it by hand more
It's helpful when you don't move the hand
too much away from the record when you let
the record play.
So this is it basically.
So, and now a little demo which shows the
best possible acoustical result.
So variation C is next we play the highest
tries, followed by directly, followed
directly by base-drum two times.
That's subsequently the snare or the two
It goes like this.
So we minimize the tempo at first.
That means, two times high end,
then the record runs to the following
This is the kick drum and this kick drum
also two times and then follows the snare.
And [NOISE] and [NOISE],
and [NOISE], and [NOISE].
Okay, this is it.
You can play it also in the crossfader.
[NOISE], mm, [NOISE], mm.
And we raise up the tempo.
So, the demo shows a complete measure.