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  Flare

The Flare scratch is the first full open fader scratch we learn. It's a different concept to the other scratches, so take your time and don't worry if it feels weird at first.

The triplet timing will come in very handy when you learn the chirp flare combo!

Video Timestamps:

  • 00:00 – Intro.
  • 01:42 – Technique Breakdown.
    • 01:40 – Method 1 – Cut the sound into 2
      • Forward sounds
      • Reverse sounds
      • Link both movements together
    • 05:11 – Method 2 – 4 steps (tears).
  • 07:47 – Record control options
  • 08:22 – Fader technique tips
  • 08:43 – Demo over a beat.
  • 09:10 – Developing the flare further
  • 10:28 – Timing Examples
    • 10:34 – Slow / Quarter Notes (1, 2, 3, 4)
    • 10:53 – Normal speed / 8th notes (1 &, 2 &, 3 &, 4 &)
    • 11:12 – Double time / 16th notes (1 e & a, 2 e & a, 3 e & a, 4 e & a)
  • 11:31 – Expression
  • 12:31 – Triplets
  • 14:30 – Swing
  • 15:11 – Flare freestyle over a beat
  • 16:07 – QnA Practice.
  • 23:24 – Wrap Up.
  • 24:07 – END.

QnA

Scratch Notation

Here is the Scratch Notation for this scratch:

Beat Used

I used a beat from Le Jad Looper 2.

Bottom grey bonus row, third from left.

Flare Scratch Demo and Background Info

This old school video features Babu showing us the flare! Classic! I love how they call it the illusion scratch!

Next Steps:

When you can comfortably do the Flare Scratch AND if you have learnt the chirp scratch in the previous lesson, you are now ready to dive into the Chirp Flare Combo lesson in Module 5 - Scratch Combos.

Be sure to come back and continue with this course too!