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Skratch Lessons: Prizm Drumming

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All right,
we're going to do a little application of
a certain scratch into drumming which is
the prism scratch, and I'm going to throw
that into drumming.
So the prism scratch is basically
one forward, two back.
There it goes.
Then two forward, one back.
So one forward, two back, two forward, one
Anyway, let's do a little recap.
It's up there in the lessons up top, but
we're gonna do a real quick recap
before we get into the drumming
combination with it all.
So one forward, two back, two tears back,
That's gonna be like this.
[SOUND] All right and you put your two
clicks there and
that's how you practice that, right?
So after you get that,
when you get that fluent then you're gonna
learn this scratch lets see one,
I'm sorry, two forward, one back, all
Then you learn how to put the two
clicks in there.
All right.
Two clicks right there, same thing.
It's a mirror image of this and so this
would be the prism scratch.
So when you get that scratch, you learn
that one, and
you put them both together, and you got
the prism.
All right?
All right that's that.
That's the prism right there.
And what we're going to do here is we're
gonna do that over some drumming, and
it works really good over, like,
two-syllable scratches too.
Two syllable meaning like a, two words
like, aw, yeah or you know,
say what, or whatever.
[NOISE] Anyway, let's do lets find this
drum here.
There it goes, one,.
Boom, cat!
Kick snare.
All right.
So you're drumming right?
Then you come to the drum roll.
that would be that and you can go back
into the drumming.
Prism drumming.
The reverse one,
forward one, both combined.
Combine it with you know, delay flairs.
So, delayed flare to prism would be-
different combin, combinations of that.
But that is a cool scratch because you can
also use it on like syllables like
two syllable recs, I mean two syllable
Let's get a let's get a two-syllable
word here.
Let's use that B box.
All right we'll use B box,
right so, I like good doing it like, doing
that fast and slow and when,
when you do it super slow in the triplets
it sounds kind of crazy.
Another thing is, B, it's a little bit,
it's like an eighth note apart, it's not
like a 16th note apart.
So if it's an eighth note apart,
you're gonna have to reach over a little
more to catch the the second sound.
That's what makes it sound cool.
I like it, because I like when I, when I
go slow, it just sounds so strange.
Anyway, just some ideas for
you to incorporate prism into you know,
drumming and
also using it in phrases with two
You can even do with more.
Let's try it with a, with a couple
Let's see.
>> So
you got your prism here on the funky.
[SOUND] This is saying funky dope right?
>> Funky dope.
>> So we'll use three now.
All right so we'll go funky,
then we'll go into the dope.
All right so I'm kind of like.
Going through all three.
But, anyway.
Learn the prism, throw that on your
phrases and have fun, all right?