"Qbert Skratch University has reignited my love of skratching." - Qbert Student, "Clearcut"

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Study Turntablism Online at Qbert Skratch University

DJ Qbert has taken his entire knowledge of teaching people how to skratch and poured it into a comprehensive video library that includes hundreds of skratch tutorials. Subscribers get unlimited access to all Qbert's lessons, plus special guest professors, beats, and an interactive Training Dojo. 

What ultimately sets Qbert Skratch University from other online offerings however, is the ability to submit a video using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange® learning platform. Qbert reviews each submission and records a video response where he offers tips and techniques to practice. All students can access the Video Exchange library, which may contain the key to unlock your own skratching.


Top Quality DJ Lessons

  • 100s of skratch tutorials at your own pace
  • All levels and styles of playing welcome
  • Slow Motion Isolation and Video Looping
 
Video Exchange® Learning

  • Submit practice videos to DJ Qbert
  • Get custom feedback on your cuts
  • Practice the advice and improve
 
Worldwide Community

  • Connect with students around the world
  • Learn from everyone’s Video Exchanges 
  • Stay motivated to progress at skratching

Qbert - Skratch Lessons

  • Skratching
  • Skratch Theory
  • Digital Applications
  • Training Dojo
  • Beat Juggling
  • Setup & Gear
  • Helpful Hints
  • Guest Professors

Skratching

  • Level 1:
  •   - Baby Skratch
  •   - Forward Cuts (Stabs)
  •   - Chirps
  •   - Tear Skratches
  •   - Transformer Skratch
  •   - Crab Skratch
  •   - Slice Skratch
  •   - 1-Click Flare Skratch
  •   - Reverse Cuts
  •   - Drag
  •   - See-Saw Skratch
  •   - Fade Skratch
  •   - Chirp Drags
  • Level 2:
  •   - Flare (Two-Click) Orbit Skratch
  •   - Tips Skratch
  •   - O. G. Flare
  •   - Stabs
  •   - Military
  •   - Drills
  •   - Dice (a.k.a. Transform Tears)
  •   - Aquaman
  •   - Baby Steps
  •   - California Roll
  •   - Clover Tear
  •   - Crab Flare (2 Fingers)
  •   - Crescent Flares
  •   - Chirp to 2-Click Orbit
  •   - Reverse Flare
  •   - Delayed Flare
  •   - Paradiddle
  •   - Slug March
  •   - Stab Crab
  •   - Stiff Tears (Snaps)
  •   - Joe Cooley
  •   - 3 Click Flare
  •   - Bubbles
  •   - Reverse Clover Tear 3-Click Flare
  •   - 1 Click Orbit to 2 Click Orbit
  •   - Freddy Skratch -NEW!
  •   - Stewie Skratch -NEW!
  •   - Stewie Swirl -NEW!
  • Level 3:
  •   - Tazer
  •   - Lazer
  •   - Phaser
  •   - Quazar
  •   - Lazer Family
  •   - Boomerang
  •   - Lucky 7
  •   - Pyramids
  •   - Hippopotamus
  •   - Autobahn
  •   - Waves
  •   - Knee Slappers
  •   - Prizm
  •   - Square Tear Flare
  •   - Speed Bumps
  •   - Chirps to Crabs
  •   - Slice to Transformer
  •   - Red Light District & Salt Water Crabs
  • Level 4:
  •   - Swipe Family
  •   - Goofy Paw
  •   - Nail Clippers
  •   - Plasma
  •   - Meltdown
  •   - Poison Darts
  •   - Scribble
  •   - Snakes
  •   - Circles
  •   - Infinity
  •   - Tweak
  •   - Swipes
  •   - Hydroplane
  •   - Zig-Zag
  •   - 2 Headed Octopus
  •   - 2 Faced Hippo
  •   - Mothra Skratch
  •   - Tentacles
  •   - Prizm Crab
  •   - Ox Flare -NEW!
  •   - 1 Click Prizm -NEW!
  • Level 5:
  •   - Drum Skratching Part 1
  •   - Drum Skratching Part 2
  •   - Drum Skratching Part 3
  •   - Drum Skratching Part 4
  •   - Drum Stabs
  •   - Clovers in Drumming
  •   - Prizm Drumming
  •   - Melodies in Drumming

Skratch Theory

  • Counting Beats - Part 1
  • Counting Beats - Part 2
  • Flow
  • Rhyming
  • Rhythms
  • Swing
  • Mirror vs Reflection
  • Turnarounds
  • Skratch Arrangement
  • Four Principles of Sound
  • Faking and Teasing
  • Connecting The Skratches
  • Slow Skratching
  • Slow Tears Will Make Everything Else Stand Out
  • Drumming Timeline
  • Baiting the Listener
  • Spacing Out Skratches
  • Reverse Cuts
  • Shift and Divide
  • Syncopation
  • Rhyme Schemes
  • Trisecting
  • Scales
  • Seeds of Skratching
  • Rhyme Placements

Digital Applications

  • Traktor:
  •   - Hardware Setup
  •   - Quick-Start Tutorial
  •   - In-Depth Tutorial Part 1
  •   - In-Depth Tutorial Part 2
  •   - Beat Jump
  •   - Beat Grid
  •   - Recording
  •   - Screen Layout Part 1
  •   - Screen Layout Part 2
  •   - Preferences
  •   - Applications
  • Ableton :
  •   - How To Warp
  • Serato:
  •   - Hardware Setup
  •   - Software Setup
  •   - Cue Points
  •   - Looping
  •   - One-Turntable Mixing
  •   - No-Turntable Mixing

Training Dojo

  • Speed Booster
  • QnA With Q Over Spoonie G Beat
  • QnA With Q Over Snoop Loop
  • QnA With Q Over Rockit Beat
  • Killa Jewel Q and A
  • Tyra From Saigon Q and A
  • Tyra From Saigon Drum and Bass
  • QnA With Short-e Part 1
  • QnA With Short-e Part 2
  • QnA With Short-e Part 3
  • QnA With Short-e Part 4
  • QnA With Short-e Part 5
  • QnA With Short-e Part 6
  • QnA With Short-e Part 7
  • QnA With Short-e Part 8
  • QnA With Short-e Part 9
  • QnA With Supaphonik
  • QnA with Claim
  • QnA with The Are Oh See
  • QnA with The Are Oh See - Supaloop173
  • QnA with The Are Oh See - Level 1
  • QnA with Supaphonik - Level 1
  • QnA with Supaphonik - Level 2
  • QnA with DJ Ju-e Part 1
  • QnA with DJ Ju-e Part 2

Beat Juggling

  • Beat Juggling:
  •   - Beat Juggling with Shortkut
  •   - Introduction to: The Infamous Mantronix Routine
  •   - The Main Juggle
  •   - The Breakdown
  •   - The Breakdown Part 2: Variations
  •   - Doubling Up
  •   - Strobing
  •   - Beat Juggling with Mista B Part 1
  •   - Beat Juggling with Mista B Part 2
  •   - Brainsplitter
  • Drumming:
  •   - Going In-Between the Beats
  •   - Using Both Sides of Your Brain
  •   - Drumming Exercise: Skratch with Shortkut
  •   - Freestyle Drumming
  •   - More Freestyle Drumming

Setup & Gear

  • Start Here with: The Wax Wrestler
  • Turntable Setup
  • Fader Preferences
  • innoFADER Part 1
  • innoFADER Part 2
  • innoFADER Part 3
  • RCA Replacement
  • RCA Tutorial / Tonearm Cleaning
  • Self Grounding

Helpful Hints

  • Scatting
  • Breaks/Juggling
  • Finding Samples
  • YChuck Harmonic Mixing
  • How to Upload a Video to QSU - # 1
  • How to Upload a Video to QSU - # 2
  • Completing Projects with Jazzy Jeff

Guest Professors

  • Real Instrument Skratching with Alex Sonnenfeld:
  •   - Several Players 1.1
  •   - Several Players 1.2
  •   - Several Players 1.3
  •   - Several Players 1.4
  •   - Drumming 1.1
  •   - Drumming 1.2
  •   - Drumming 1.3
  •   - Drumming 1.4
  •   - Skratch Techniques 1.1
  •   - Skratch Techniques 1.2
  •   - Skratch Techniques 1.3
  •   - Several Players 2.1
  •   - Several Players 2.2
  •   - Several Players 2.3
  •   - Drumming 2.1
  •   - Drumming 2.2
  •   - Drumming 2.3
  •   - Drumming 2.4
  •   - Drumming 2.5
  •   - Skratch Techniques 2.1
  •   - Skratch Techniques 2.2
  •   - Skratch Techniques 2.3
  •   - Several Players 3.1
  •   - Several Players 3.2
  •   - Several Players 3.3
  •   - Several Players 3.4
  •   - Drumming 3.1
  •   - Drumming 3.2
  •   - Drumming 3.3
  •   - Skratch Techniques 3.1
  •   - Skratch Techniques 3.2
  •   - Skratch Techniques 3.3
  •   - Several Players 4.1
  •   - Several Players 4.2
  •   - Several Players 4.3
  •   - Several Players 4.4
  •   - Several Players 4.5
  •   - Drumming 4.1
  •   - Drumming 4.2
  •   - Drumming 4.3
  •   - Skratch Techniques 4.1
  •   - Skratch Techniques 4.2
  •   - Skratch Techniques 4.3
  •   - Skratch Techniques 4.4
  •   - Music Theory 1.1
  •   - Music Theory 1.2
  •   - Drumming 5.1
  •   - Drumming 5.2
  •   - Drumming 5.3
  •   - Skratch Techniques 5.1
  •   - Skratch Techniques 5.2
  •   - Skratch Techniques 5.3
  •   - Several Players 5.1
  •   - Several Players 5.2
  •   - Music Theory 2.1
  •   - Music Theory 2.2
  •   - Music Theory 2.3
  •   - Music Theory 2.4
  •   - Drumming 6.1
  •   - Drumming 6.2
  •   - Drumming 6.3
  •   - Skratch Techniques 6.1
  •   - Skratch Techniques 6.2
  •   - Skratch Techniques 6.3
  •   - Several Players 6.1
  •   - Several Players 6.2
  •   - Music Theory 3.1
  •   - Music Theory 3.2
  •   - Music Theory 3.3
  •   - Music Theory 3.4
  •   - Drumming 7.1
  •   - Drumming 7.2
  •   - Drumming 7.3
  •   - Skratch Techniques 7.1
  •   - Skratch Techniques 7.2
  •   - Skratch Techniques 7.3
  •   - Several Players 7.1
  •   - Several Players 7.2
  •   - Several Players 7.3
  •   - Several Players 7.4
  •   - Music Theory 4.1
  •   - Music Theory 4.2
  •   - Music Theory 4.3
  •   - Music Theory 5.1
  •   - Music Theory 5.2
  •   - Music Theory 5.3
  •   - Music Theory 5.4
  • Turntable Tune-Up with DJ Mas:
  •   - RCA Tutorial / Tonearm Cleaning
  •   - RCA Replacement
  •   - Self Grounding
  •   - Troubleshooting Signal Issues
  •   - How to Fix a Skipping Tonearm
  •   - Checking Calibration / Function of the Dots
  •   - Fine Pitch Calibration Method
  •   - Coarse Pitch Adjustment
  •   - Upgrading and Replacing Turntable LED's
  • Musical Translations with Fredo Ortiz -NEW!:
  •   - Cuica with Fredo Ortiz -NEW!
  •   - Bongos with Fredo Ortiz -NEW!
  •   - SPD-SX Sampling Pad with Fredo Ortiz -NEW!

Reviews for Qbert Skratch University

  • "Qbert Skratch University has reignited my love of skratching. Before joining I felt bored and stale with my skratches... QSU provided me with the technical understanding of how to execute newer techniques such as the autobahn and prizm skratch. With direct feedback from Qbert, watching lessons and other student videos, and the QSU community support, I have been able to expand my skratching vocabulary beyond limits I could not have imagined."Clearcut
  • '"I always wanted to learn DJing, skratching and what turntablist culture is all about, but I live in a small city in Colombia far away from big cities and urban culture itself... With QSU I not just learn so much from one of the greatest icons of turntablism, I learn from my fellow students and every day I get to learn more about skratching and turntablists worldwide! I'm so grateful for this!''Mixtery
  • "Qbert's scratch tutorials are really easy to follow. They even have slow motion on a lot of the scratches. I'm still pretty nervous about sending a video for Q to review haha. But it's cool. Great community of DJs from beginner to advanced."FelixFresh
  • "Qbert helped me to overcome barriers in my own development and took my skills to a whole new level."Zerokewl
  • "QSU has had a huge impact on my life as a DJ. From the lessons learned to the people I've met much of it would not of happened so quickly or even occurred without this community."E-Na
  • "As a newbie to skratching I looked for a community of like-minded peers to practice with. I joined QSU and everyone is so friendly and supportive! Not only that, but we have the sillyness and skills of DJ Qbert to keep things interesting! One of my favorite things about is all the beats. I usually don't feel like getting into the cuts when I get home from work, but I'll start digging through the beats and it inspires me to practice."Hacksaw
  • "After trying many different DJ schools over the years, nothing has come close to the Qbert's mentorship at the online Skratch University."Mista Mystic
  • '"I just started my second year, when I look back on the first year it's amazing how much I did learn here! There is no better place to learn the skills and get better!"DJScratchon77
  • "What I love about QSU is personally learning from the master himself… Qbert has forever changed the way I think about skratching and opened my eyes to new techniques."Rocky
  • "The best resource in the world for DJs on ANY level, from beginner to expert, analog or digital! I have learned so much from DJs from all over the planet! Qbert is by far one of the BEST teachers I have ever had, the students and staff are the friendliest and most creative people I know!"Joel B
  • "QSU is the place to be for DJs of all skill types. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner intermediate or pro - there is a plethora of knowledge being shared that is sure to take your DJ skills to new heights."Stevie E
  • "I think the best part about QSU is the direct response Qbert gives right back to you. Q breaks down your skratching and gives you advice or 'homework' on what you need to improve or add to your style/abilities, and it's not only on the skratching techniques, but also musically, for example: rhyming and releasing on syncopation, going in-between the beats, using both sides of your brain, etc. It's also motivation to see videos that other members have posted. It keeps me from sleepin on my kuts."Deadfoot
  • "QSU is more than a learning site... it's a community of DJs that have the same goals. We all learn from each other as well as from the instructors. I personally love the beats section."Habit
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About Qbert

DJ Qbert is the world ambassador of the DJ as a musician. Synonymous with scratching since the early 1990s, Qbert is widely considered to be one of the most influential DJs of all time.

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay area during the 80s, Qbert  has been training relentlessly ever since, and gained worldwide recognition for his ability to amaze audiences with his turntable skills. Together with his group, the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Qbert pioneered performing as a turntable band.

As a recording artist, Qbert released a concept album called Wave Twisters in 1998 which was later adapted into an award winning animated film. His latest album EXTRATERRESTRIA / GALAXXXIAN showcase his continued evolution in skratching as well as production. 

A former DMC World Champion, Qbert has always been on the cutting edge of innovating skratch techniques. Qbert has released countless records with samples for DJs to scratch with, and is sought out by hardware companies to help develop better DJ mixers, needles, and turntables. He was the first to develop an all in one turntable and mixer combination, the QFO, which sparked an explosion of products that catered to turntable musicians.


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