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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

DJ QBert Opens Skratch University

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 9:46 AM

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Hey DJs, and wanna-be DJs! I know you just got (Serato/Traktor/other vinyl-emulation software) last month and your laptop sets are in full freakin' effect for rockin' super-fresh mash-ups at house parties.

But what I really wanna know is, how's your skratch technique? You can crab, flare and juggle blindfolded with one hand behind your back, correct?

Wait, what's that you say? You thought flares were only used for roadside emergencies? Crabs are something you overheard your older sister say she had? And juggling is something you've seen clowns do at the circus?

No sweat, son. All-universe turntablist DJ QBert has your back. The original Invisibl Skratch Pickl, Dr. Octagon collaborator, former DMC World Champion, and animated movie auteur recently opened up a virtual school of scratching, Qbert Skratch University, which breaks down everything you always wanted to know about how to make that wiki-wiki-wiki sound, but were afraid to ask.

QSU's curriculum consists of "his entire method and everything he's learned in the last 20 years," and includes video lessons in Vinyl Skratching, Digital Skratching, a "Training Dojo," and Master-level classes, plus tips on setup and gear. Registration is $60 for three months, and according to QSU staff, the school currently has students from over 20 different countries. To register, click here; sample lessons (including the basic "Baby Skratch," the Flare or "two-click Orbit skratch," the "Tazer," and the "Swipe Family") are here.

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