train for scratch

How to scratch

So how to scratch

How to scratch ? The question. Let's start with a little history. The scratch invented in the early 80s, is a new sound. Popularized by the title "Rockit"by Herbie Hancock in 1983, where Grand Mixer DXT scratched with "change the beat"Beside, the sample "ahhhh, this stuff is really fresh".

Getting started

So let's get to "how to scratch"and with what. At first, to start scratching, on vinyl, CD or on your controller, use very long samples. Because you have to learn to touch what you hear. And it's not easy at first, especially when you've never touched a vinyl record on a turntable! Probably, the advantage of using samples that are long is that you don't "go out" of these samples. You can practice by constantly hearing what you are doing with your jog or vinyl.

Most of the time scratching comes after mixing. So normally, if you want to know how to scratchYou must already know the rhythm and its components. Ideally you should know what the rhythmic signature is, the tempo. Of course nothing is mandatory, the goal is to have a result that sounds good. Go by steps, start by getting used to scratch without the crossfader.

The positioning of the hands

In a second time we will concentrate on where to place the hands. As the hand on the vinyl record or jog is as horizontal as possible, the fingers are stretched. Raise the index and little finger because they should not touch the record. Only the middle and ring fingers are in contact with the vinyl. Place your fingers as close as possible to the button in the center of the vinyl, otherwise you will have to make big movements!

how to scratch

So for the crossfader hand, use thumb and forefinger, or thumb and forefinger plus middle finger. Stay as loose as possible with the crossfader. Drop the crossfader at the very beginning of practice, it will confuse you, focus on the vinyl or jog already.

The position in the sample

In the third step, try to position yourself at the beginning of the sample. If you find it difficult to position yourself in the sample, this is normal at the beginning of scratch practice. Start with very simple scratches like the baby scratchin rhythm with the music. Another point for controller users, the latency setting (delay between gesture and sound) is of great importance. Because many computers are not optimized, the response of these is longer. Certainly it is on real vinyl records that the scratch exercises are the most favorable. The response is immediate, no response time, we touch the sound.


In summary, training is how to scratch. Because having a teacher or someone who knows scratch well speeds up the learning process, just like everything else. And it's also not to get angry, because there is a reason, when you can't do it. Especially when you hear and see others doing it, "it looks easy".

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