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Skratch Lessons: Music Theory 3.4

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So, okay.
The difference between a baby scratch
[SOUND], and
a double time baby scratch [SOUND], is, as
the name implies, the duration, yeah?
Not the tune, the tune means [NOISE] baby,
[NOISE] double time baby, it's the same
And yeah, I am gonna speak about duration
the same record motion can be operated in
different time values.
To indicate the durations,
the same system as in classical, music
theory is used and
in case you have seen the previous
tutorials, you know, what it means.
Beams on the stem of each note, e tone, or
as a note tone and eighth note added as.
The timing is shorter.
So we see now on the screen as a
notational indication and
as you can see this notation uses
the same tempo principles as in classical
music series.
Most important time we'll use for
scratching is the quarter,
the one eighths, and the one sixteen
notes, so.
For repeating, let's say, we wanna play a
quarter note.
As you know,
we count in this case, one, two,three,
four, one, two, three,four.
So in the quarter, it's the distance
between, for example, the one and the two.
Also the two and the three.
So and in this case we must play a quarter
Yeah, this long distance is a quarter.
Once again.
One, two, three, four.
Okay, so, the same applies for the E tone.
You count one, two, three, four.
A long distance, okay.
So yeah, now we play it half solo and
you obtain a quarter, no a quarter,
not a quarter, a one eighth, okay?
This is a note that's a little beam on the
stem or
rather a eton With the little beam.
So and is played half as long as a
So in this case.
[SOUND] We can one, two, three, four,
five, six, seven, eight.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven,
[SOUND] Yeah,short.
This is a one eight.
One eight.
One eight.
One eight.
So for
comparison, a quarter
Into one eighth
Half as long Okay.
So now we came to the 1/16.
And logically a 1/16 is half as long as
one eighth, so really short.
[SOUND] Like steps for example.
So, and when we count.
1/16 notes in this case.
You can also play 1/16 e-tone.
when you play it without the cross fader.
was four 1/16ths, one, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four, eton.
Okay, I hope you got it down, I hope you
understand it.
Now, use time values to define note to
tone or
eton note and indeclinemovements.
It means, like I said in the beginning,
a baby scratch is basically indecline
[SOUND] The combination of forward a note
e tone [SOUND].
So when you can play this indecline
movement with the note and
tone also in different times values it
means, a quarter.
So would we like this, when you play the
quarter note to tone,
we must count one, two, three, four.
And betw een the one and two, you must
play [SOUND].
Forward, backward, okay?
[SOUND] One,
two, three, four, one, two, three, four.
So this was a quarter note to tone.
Consists of two 1/8.
A 1/8 note [NOISE] and a 1/8 e tone
So the same [NOISE] method applies for
the e tone note, that means a quarter e
tone note,
it consists of 1/8 e tone [SOUND], and a
1/8 [SOUND], note.
So when you play [SOUND],
it, one,
two, three, four, one, two,
three, four one, two, three, four.
So, now we play it so doubling.
So it means we play now a 1/8 and in case
from the 1/8 note,
to tone, we must count one, two, three,
four, five, six,
seven, eight, one, two, three, four, five,
six, seven, eight.
[SOUND] So execute it here.
This is the baby
scratch, yeah.
The same [NOISE] reverse baby scratch.
[NOISE] So and in case of a one 16.
So in the case of, 1/16,
you play it twice as fast, yes?
So, okay, now advice concerning the,
the graphic of shape or the, the, the
The beam of each note or note to tone,
when it, it,
it stands as a single symbol, is always
headed towards right.
This is important.
So and the beam of etone or two noter is
always headed towards left.
You can see this in the notation
So, but, for groups where we group this
the symbols are linked by the beam.
So in another tutorial I'm,
I will speak about these groups, so
as a connection of couple of finger
movements or
a couple of single movements, and yes.