Reversing & Rotating Scratches

In my oppinion reversing and rotating your scratches and combos are 2 very useful things to do. This not only create new sounds (even though they are the same scratches they can sound very different) but add more movements to your arsenal to combine with each other and create new sounds & combos.

So what do I mean by reversing and rotating?

Reversing

This is quite self explanatory, it is basically taking a scratch and reversing it. I do however see there being 2 different types of reversing.

The first is where you start at the end of the scratch and work backwards.

For example:

Take a chirp followed by a 2 click flare, to reverse it you start by drawing the record back and doing 2 clicks then the chirp.

The second type of reversing is to just reverse the record movement.

For example:

Taking the same chirp followed by a 2 click flare, this time reversing just the record movement…you start by doing a chirp backwards followed by a 2 click flare backwards.

An interesting thing to notice with both types reversing is you can ping-pong between the forward pattern and the reversed pattern. So you would the the scratch forwards then backwards then forwards then backwards etc.

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Rotating

Rotating is a term I use for when I take a scratch or combo and start it from a different place to where you normal start it. While a rotated scratch is exactly the same scratch I find that starting in a different place causes me to emphasize different parts of the scratch differently.

Example 1: 2 Click Flare Forwards

I’ll start by using the 2 click flare I talked about in my 2 Click Flare Variation post, as I said in the post the variation was largely based on rotating the 2 click flare.

So, the scratch in this example is a 2 click flare forward with a quick pull back, making 4 sounds. This can be done starting from 4 different places:

  1. from the 2 click flare; this is how you would probably expect to do this scratch, you start with the fader open, push the record foward while doing 2 click, then pull the record back.
  2. from after the first click; here you start with the fader closed, you then open the fader pushing the record forward, then do one more click while still pushing the record forward, then pull the record back and push it forward again closing the fader.
  3. from after the second click; again you start with the fader closed, you then open the fader and push the record forward then pull it back, with the fader still open you then push the record forward clicking once then closing the fader.
  4. with the pull back; here you start with the fader open, you pull the record back, with the fader still open you then push the record forward and do 2 click.

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Example 2: Boomerangs

Here I will just use a diagram.

The boomerang can be easily rotated 6 times so you can start from any of the 6 points in the diagram above. One interesting point here is that 3 of patterns are also the other 3 patterns with the record movement reversed.

When you try to rotate your scratches some seem really hard an it feels like you’re learning a whole new scratch, when in actual fact it’s a scratch you are quite familiar with, but after a bit of practice you get the hang of it.

While both reversing and rotating your scratches may seem quite obvious I don’t really see many people talking about it. It’s also one of those things where you might think you can’t be bothered learning to do something you can already do a slightly different way and would prefer to learn something completely new, however I promise you if you take the time to do this it will give you so many more possibilities!

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