"Scratching is a DJ or turntablist technique used to produce distinctive sounds by moving a vinyl record back

and forth on a turntable while manipulating the crossfader on a DJ mixer.  Within hip hop culture, scratching is

one of the measures of a DJ's skills." --Wikipedia.org

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                          Los Angeles, CA -- I don't know about you, bbbut from where I sit  the machinations of

                          what a DJ actually does behind the "wheels" are downright fascinating. Consider the

                          superior manual dexterity that is required to manipulate faders, switchers, equalizers,

                          turntables (usually 2) all seemingly near simultaneous in their execution, in order to create a

                          beat! Imagine?

            

                          Watching those fingers move, teak, manipulate, skratch, push, slide and reverse actions are a sight-to-

                          behold.  The counter-intelligence at play here is awe-inspiring and unique.  The ability to create a sound and move hundreds sometimes thousands of people to move rhymatically  is Genius, yes Genius!

 

Definition: A genius (plural genii or geniuses,[1] adjective ingenious) is a person, a body of work, or a singular achievement of surpassing excellence. More than just originality, creativity, or intelligence, genius is associated with achievement of insight which has transformational power. A work of genius fundamentally alters the expectations of its audience. Genius may be generalized, or be particular to a discrete field such as sports, statesmanship, science, or art.

 

These magicians convert raw sound or what some call noize into music.  To watch a great DJ spin his magic is analogous to watching a master drummer or cellist or pianist do their thing. Only with turntablists you gotta turn up the speed dial to warp speed.  How do they do that ?... and  how do they process information that quickly?

 

Brain to hand, instinct to hand, hand to brain, hands to equipment and what comes together is a "new Sound" reconfigured and wrapped around the accidental sculptured nature of the moment.  Regardless of the method to their madness, look out upon the floor.  The results are in the vast pool of head nods and contorted bodies that are compelled to create new dance illness because of the rhythms of the music. This is sick!!

 

But understand not all are called to this game with dynamic innate gifts, but the ones that are talented... whew , it's magic man! Like great poetry it's a gift and for those who got it and you're in the audience... be prepared to be transcended and lifted outta there. The "wheels" or turntables themselves is just like any other instrument. Some people are really good at playing and others often are just pedantic. (Please keep in mind that for years now the turntables have outsold guitars.)

 

Enuff said!!!!  Enjoy listening to these DJ's describe what and how they approach their craft.  Listen up as they  breakdown the basic elements to their craft.  GV9 Soulful Ways: The DJ is a trip....  

 

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1. How to DJ... (basic techniques to scratching)

             a.     The Basics                                                     i.     The Scribble Scratch    

             b.     The Baby Scratch                                           j.     The Squeeze    

             c.     The Chirp                                                       k.     Putting combinations together    

             d.     The Orbit Scratch                                           l.      Radar, Chirp & Flair Scratch Combo   

             e.     The Transformer                                             m.     Crab & Transformer Combo   

             f.     The Crab Scratch                                            n.      Flair Scratch   

             g.     The Crab Orbit                                               o.      Hampster Scratch   

             h.     Basics of Beat Juggling                                  p.      Scribble, Orbit & Hampster Scratch Combo  

 

2.     What is a DJ?                                                             9.     The Boom Bap

3.     How the MC works with beats                                      10.     Writing for the Beat

4.     The DJ mindset                                                          11.     The DJ Bizness Recomendations

5.     The Creative Process                                                  12.     Turntable Timmy (The Book)

6.     The Art of Remixxing                                                   13.     Painting the DJ ("The DJ" by Justin BUA)

7.     Mastering the Mixx                                                     14.     Working with the MC

8.     DJ Styles

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