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Skratch Lessons: Skratch Techniques 3.1

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So, what's up qsu family?
It is Alex from Berlin.
This tutorial belongs to the part scratch
techniques and deals with so
called taplet pattern.
In music theory a taplet is, now the
Any rhythms that involves dividing the
beat into a different number of equal
subdivisions, from that usually permitted
by the time signature.
It sounds complicated but it isn't.
It means basically when we have duration
of a quarter, quarter notes for example,
we divided this time where you into three
notes, with the same length.
I know everybody of you knows this playing
style because this is a trademark
of the most innovative scratchers around
the globe like qbert Kid Koala,
just to name a few of it, and the best way
to Show what I mean.
Or, to show the content of this tutorial,
is the now following demo.
Then, we go, step by step, through some
basics, and
I will explain some famous patterns.
Bye bye.
already right some basics and counting.
In this lesson, we will discuss and learn
one eight note triplets.
In order, to get an acoustic impression of
a triplet pattern,
lets have a look at simple steps, yes.
I will play this technique in the time
value of a one eight now.
So the beat.
Some crisp
looper MLP has created this beat here.
So, and when I play steps in the time for
one eight, it sounds like this here.
One and two and three and four and one and
two and three and four and.
So now I play it one eighth triplets.
Two and one and two and.
And now triplet.
So, okay.
A triplet includes three notes in the
place of two.
It's indicated by a three,
plays it over the notes as depicted in the
notational indication below.
So, you could get a wrong impression from
the name swing.
That triplets are only good for blues and
But we can find thousands of application
which are very interesting for
scratching and to advance our playing
So by feeling, counting, and understand
the methodology techniques, we can modify
basically all popular pattern into a
triplet mode or a tablet mode.
And that range our musical possibilities
thereby enormously.
So let me explain how it goes.
I wanna first repeat something, counting
beats by syllables.
We do so because each letter or number is
a single syllable, and
it's easy to pronounce it.
It makes easier to play the rhythm when
you count and
say along, in case of a beat in the four
quarter time signature.
It goes like this, so I know everybody,
notes of music when we count quarter notes
it goes like.
So now, we count one eighth note.
1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 1 and 2,
and 3, and 4, and.
So, and now, I, we will start with one
eighth note triplets.
So, notes are grouped in three because
three of these triplets,
one eight notes equals one quarter note.
So, basically, instead of the dividing the
quarter note by two,
to get a one eight notes, we have to
divided it by three.
So in this case, we count as follows.
While there are different ways to count.
The first is, when we count
1 and a 2 and a 3 and a 4 and a 1 and
a 2 and a 3, and a 4, and a 1, and a 2,
and a 3 and a 4.
And, and, and, and, and, and, and, and,
and, and.
So another way is, when we count, one
triplet, two triplet,
three triplet, four triplet, one triplet,
three triplet, la, la, la, la, la, la.
Okay try it.
It's not so tricky.
So the following Q and A section should be
helpful for beginners.
I want you to get a better feeling of a
triplet mode.
I will show you some basic scratches like
steps forward, bubble taps,
et cetera, and it will be your turn to
practice and enhance.
Afterwards, we will move on to the more
difficult level and
modify other techniques.