Hey hey! Welcome to episode 9 of #askShortE, where I answer your questions on scratching and life!
In this episode we talk:
- Scratching and house music.
- Delay effect settings in Scratch Live.
- Left hand / non dominant hand scratching on the crossfader.
- Tips for stiff crossfaders.
- How to speed up scratches.
- How long it takes to learn scratches.
- How to choose scratch samples.
Show notes / things I mentioned to help you
Scratching over House Music
Here is a quick example – lots of chirps! Vocals are fun to scratch over house beats especially if you can get hold of the acapella versions of your beats.
I recommend playing with the following techniques; here are previews from the School of Scratch online classroom to get you started:
Want more, full length instructional scratch tutorial videos?
Delay Effect Serato Scratch Live
A few of you have been asking about the delay settings I use. I use the echo effect that is built into my mixer and used the following instructions to set it up so that the echo BPM matches the BPM of the beat that I am playing automatically:
I use slightly different settings than shown in the linked article. Here are my exact settings:
Wet/dry (mix) setting of 20%, feedback around 22%.
An article on choosing which hand to use on the record or fader:
Stiff Crossfaders – How to clean and lube.
First of all, VERY IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER TO CHECK FOR SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO CLEAN AND LUBE YOUR SPECIFIC FADER!!! < Those words are in BOLD caps for a reason! Make sure you know what you are doing!
Innofader – How to lube
This is pretty much the standard lube for non contact faders and is what I use:
My Speed Booster helps you speed up your cuts. It features two audio tracks which start off at an 80 bpm tempo and increase by 1 bpm every 8 bars all the way up to 120 bpm.
You can use them to practice new scratches to, or for working on speeding up your existing scratches. Check it out here:
If you are a School of Scratch member, the speed booster is included in the download sections for free so please don’t buy it!
Deliberate practice is my top method for learning new scratches efficiently. This article breaks it down:
Choosing Scratch Samples
Here are some of my favs and check out Episode 7 for a deeper look.
- Super Seal
- Combinations From The Masters
- Enter the Scratch Game 1
- Enter the Scratch Game 2
- Enter the Scratch Game 3
- Scratch Library A-M
- Scratch Library N-Z
Thanks for the questions everyone, keep sending them in!
- Philip wilson
- DJ Willy
What questions do you want to ask me about scratching and DJing?
Extra points and high fives all round if you record a question with you on camera and post it publicly. I’ll be prioritising answers to video questions so get creative!
Let’s have some FUN!
Happy Scratching! 😀
– Emma Short-E