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Skratch Lessons: Spacing Out Skratches

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All right whats up,
so, we're going to be talking about
spacing out scratches, and so
what you gotta do is like before I used to
you know all crazy [SOUND]
You know,
no rhymes, no spacing out, no phrasing,
nothing, it's just a bunch of scratches.
So, when I first learned that you gotta
make your scratches rhyme.
Was like oh, okay, you gotta, you know,
it's gotta have a form.
So, the best thing to practice is to
practice going slow and
fast, and balancing that, right?
So good practice is just, start off slow
make your ends, you know, the crazy part,
So we'll do this.
All right?
So what I did there was I was
just scratching slow, real slow like this
and then doing something fast at the end.
All right,
so music can be divided into all kinds of
ways, right?
And you don't have to divide it all super
fast or you know, all intricate.
You can divide it super slow too.
So there's one, two three, four, so one,
two, three, four, and
I was doing a little melody, if you didn't
notice, so I was going like.
You know what I mean,
then make that rhyme with something else.
>> All right so
keep that in mind of of balancing your
scratches from slow to fast, right?
So you know, also cutting into triplets,
you know.
One two three.
One two three.
One two three.
One two three.
And you can even do slow triplets too.
One two three.
One two three.
All right.
So there's all ways.
Different kinds of ways of dividing up
your scratches.
But just keep that in mind.
Slow with fast right and put those
And all kinds of other theoretical things
that you could throw in there.
Swinging it.
Getting the volumes.
You know, you can go all different ways.
But that's another, you know, dictionary
of ideas.
But just keep that in mind slow and then
The music stops.
See I can even, if you wanna space it out