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    Default Practicing scratching without decks

    Title was meant to say WITHOUT decks. Sorry.

    I don't have any decks right now but I need to practice scratching. I'm still toying with a VCI 100 but after peeps have said the jog wheels arent the most responsive things in world I'm holding back for a while. But I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how I can practice in the mean time. Is there something cheap I can buy purely for scratching purposes? I have tried an iphone app but thats bullshit.

    Any ideas?

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    practice the crossfader techniques, that takes ages to build up

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    practice drumming. Not gonna really help you as soon as you grab a fader but the ability to do beats/rhthyms with each hand individually is essential.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redlight View Post
    practice drumming. Not gonna really help you as soon as you grab a fader but the ability to do beats/rhthyms with each hand individually is essential.
    Wouldn't piano be better for that? I mean, that specifically detaches the left hand from the right hand, while you do separate each limb while drumming you usually end up with doing just that, separating the limbs and not the hands, which is what we'd want?

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    dj angelo on youtube has the best collection of scratch techniques i've seen so far. He breaks them down very slowly and has great motivational tips. just you tube dj angelo uk and you will see his videos i think he covers everything from basics (slipmats, needles, and carts) to advanced techniques like one click flares, crab scratching, and so forth.

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    yeah....practice using your hands for different things at the same time.

    Piano as mentioned is a good one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarasin View Post
    yeah....practice using your hands for different things at the same time.
    I think this why my son stays locked up in the bathroom for so long :eek: practic, practice, practice!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warwolt View Post
    Wouldn't piano be better for that? I mean, that specifically detaches the left hand from the right hand, while you do separate each limb while drumming you usually end up with doing just that, separating the limbs and not the hands, which is what we'd want?
    Syncopation is extremely different between instruments.

    Just practice on the vci, It'll keep you fresh and as stated your syncopation will improve.
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