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The Art of Scratching & Chirping Featuring DJ Groove

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Scratching and Chirping are some of the more advanced skills learned by DJ’s & Turntablists. It is the art of consistently moving a vinyl record or jog wheel back and forth on a Turntable, CDJ, or Controller while using the crossfader to fade between two records simultaneously creating percussive or rhythmic sounds. Chirp Scratching is a technique named because it sounds like a bird chirping, this scratch is achieved by playing a sample and cutting the end of the sample off, then bringing the record back while turning the crossfader on.

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Scratching emerged in the 1970’s, though usually affiliated with hip hop culture & music, you can hear scratches in songs from all genres today. The most elite and well-skilled DJs even compete in scratching competitions like the DMC World DJ Championship using only scratch-oriented gear. Watch as DJ Groove teaches “The Basics of Scratching & Chirping” to aspiring DJ’s at Kendrick Rec Center in Philly. DJ Groove is 36 year veteran in the DJ game and has been a Pro Touring DJ/Artist for Peavey Electronics the past 7 years. DJing has provided him with so many opportunities including traveling and meeting other great DJs & Artists, but most importantly, a chance to give back to the youth and upcoming DJs. #JustGroove as you watch live footage of DJ Groove showing off his Mad Skillz.

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