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Skratch Lessons: Tentacles

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All right,
we're gonna do this thing called
which is basically three tears forward
one, two, three tears back [SOUND].
But, you're gonna add two click flares in
there on the forward part.
So it's like-
See those little two click flares right
Three forward.
One, two, three.
Three back on the tears.
Then you're gonna do clicks on the
And then on the back, none.
[SOUND] All right?
All right.
So, if you don't have the three click
flares, tears down, then you gotta,
you know, practice a little.
So basically it's three.
Go in the training dojo and
get them faster if you don't already have
them fast.
And you do those two click flares.
Now you don't have to do the two click
flares on the front,
you can do them on the back.
So let's, let's try that.
What would that look like?
All right, there's three tears, but
you're doing the two clicks right there,
on that part.
All right.
right in slow motion let's just do that.
This one is slow motion, right?
Three forward, one, two, three, and then.
All right?
All right?
So if you don't know what flares are,
you gotta learn what flares are before you
can, you can jump into this lesson.
You gotta know what tears are, that's why
foundation is very important.
Those scratches will help you with the
scratches later and
all these weird combos.
Anyway, let's go to something a little
It doesn't have to be three.
It could be like four.
All right?
One, two, three, four tears.
Four tears back.
All right.
Let's do these clicks here in the front.
It could also be on the back as well.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four on back, [NOISE] all
All right.
So, that's that right there.
You get the idea.
Now let's do something a little trickier.
This one is, we'll mess with two.
Two, two tears forward, and two tears
What is that?
That is a clover tear, right?
Two, two tears forward, two tears back.
All right?
So, let's do two clicks here on the front.
And, none on the back.
All right.
So that's that.
Now let's do.
I think this is even more trickier.
Two forward, two back, with the two.
Two flares are right there.
At this, this actually should be called
another scratch,
cuz that's really a, an interesting thing.
But it's still kinda the same concept of a
It's just less notes, right?
So, let's do this one right here.
Two forward, two back.
All right, that one's a tricky one,
but you get the idea.
Cool little scratches.
And you don't have to start these forward.
You can start them backwards.
Let's do Let's go back to the basic
tentacles, but
we're gonna start them backwards.
All right.
And the clicks don't have to be on the
front, they can be on the back.
You know?
It can be back here, whatever.
Let's just do that one.
So that would be.
[SOUND] Actually that's the exact same
scratch as this, but
you're just starting on the backwards.
So these two are exactly identical, all
So let's just go back here again.
Start in backward.
It just gives a kinda cool,
a different feel because you're starting
it backwards.
And once again with every scratch that
goes forward,
of course you can start them backwards and
usually that sounds a lot more interesting
because everyone starts forward.
So, learn them backwards, and forward, all
So those are tentacles, have fun with
and, yeah, see you guys later.
Those are called skipticals.
See that fly go by?