Just received this question from Matt, but Matt your email address isn’t working so I hope you are reading this! Get in touch!
Hey Short-e, firstly I just wanna say I love the site, it’s proved really useful and inspiring to me over recent months, really appreciate what you do! Basically been learning to scratch for about 1-2yrs, I’m really determined to reach a standard that I’m happy with and it’s going ok. My main concern at the mo it my fader hand, I guess I could always put in more practice but I can’t seem to get quicker, fast 2 clicks and boomerangs are proving soooo frustrating! In your experience, is greater speed and dexterity something that can be achieved with time and practice? or do we have individual limits? I’d be gutted if I simply couldn’t ever get these techniques down double time.
– Matt Le Gallez
Great that you are scratching!
The speed thing will come with time. There is no individual limits, unless you think there are!
The key is to relax, make sure you understand the fundamentals of each scratch then gradually build up over time.
You could try starting of with a slow beat then gradually speed it up.
To give you an idea I used to practice for at least 4 – 5 hours a day. I still have issues with fast stabs but I am getting quicker the more I practice. There were so many times when I got frustrated and felt like quitting!
Keep a positive outlook and remember to take breaks. If scratching is becoming too much do something else.
See these posts here for some more explanation and guidance:
10 tips for putting the fun back into scratching
Hope that helps. Let me know if you need anything else.
If anyone else has tips for Matt please post them in the comments!