View Full Version : A few TTM video Tutorials

04-06-2012, 05:33 PM
Hi i signed up to this forum ages back on steves (djsigma) reccomendation.. couldnt seem to get on for ages though, glad the sites fixed now.

Currently I'm in the process of creating an Ebook for university on cross rhythm scratching. The book will link to video accompaniments to help describe patterns through example.

The principal objective of this project is to provide a video, sound, text and TTM notation based tutorial of various cross rhythm scratches, while discussing the underlying methods I have discovered for the formulation of new cross rhythm techniques.

I am of the opinion that cross rhythms have been largely overlooked in scratching, and because of this I would like to encourage further development in this area. The techniques I describe span across various cross rhythm beat lengths and serve to provide a strong indication of the potential benefit of further self-study in this area.

I have a few videos already completed if you'd like to check below:

Chirp OG Flare -


Hendecagon -
In geometry, a hendecagon is an 11 sided polygon. I use this term for this particular eleven beat cross rhythm scratch. The hendecagon is composed of two chirps, an OG flare, and a Crescent flare.


Chirp Boomerang -
The boomerang can be considered a six beat cross rhythm. When we add another two beats to this scratch using a chirp, the total number of beats in the combination is lengthened to eight. The result is a cross rhythm influenced regular time scratch.


Royal Line -
This technique combines two Chirp OG Flares with a Chirp Crescent Flare. The OG Flares together add up to ten beats and imply a five beat cross rhythm continuation. The Chirp Crescent Flare stabilises this implied cross rhythm by adding another six beats to the pattern, making a total of sixteen beats in all. This is another example of a cross rhythm influenced regular time scratch.


will post more up as i finish them.


04-06-2012, 05:53 PM
P_I_M_P!! I will be following your progress. This looks amazing.

04-06-2012, 09:09 PM
You should embed the vids mate. These tutorials are great, but people might read the description and think "WTF?" cos it is advanced stuff, so if the video is right there, they're more likely to click on one and see what it's all about.

Timmy G
04-11-2012, 11:29 AM
Definitely looks interesting. Are you going to be releasing this ebook once you are done with it?

DJ Scotch
04-11-2012, 11:45 AM
Very interesting.

04-11-2012, 01:02 PM
Word! This is the shiz I was wondering about recently.

Do you have any idea what the price will be like? I would love to get a copy when you are done. Hell, I'd give you a monitary donation right now just for doing some great little tutorial vids on this.

Thank you (going to go practice this immediately)

04-11-2012, 10:36 PM
Cheers Steve and Jonavalon for embedding it, I didn't know how to do it myself.

I'm thinking of selling the ebook at 2 or 3 GBP each over clickbank. I have to sort a website out first though since they require you to have one to be a trader there. The booklet itself is only 15 or so pages but it's quite dense in terms of information content and covers working methods for creating your own cross rhythm techniques. I didnt want to make a straight tutorial because they tend of encourage people to just learn one scratch combo and not think about coming up with your own combos.

In terms of scratches I only cover 7 in the booklet, but I've tried to vary the cross rhythm lengths to show the potential of cross rhythms. i cover phase shifting too which can be applied to any scratch and greatly increases possible variations without altering the pattern so much that it feels like learning a new technique. anyway its about 50% complete at the moment so will get back to you when its done haha. peace

04-12-2012, 03:13 PM
this is verry good! let us know the updates

04-13-2012, 01:33 PM
New one..

I'm fairly certain the Hippopotamus scratch was created by DJ Qbert. The five syllables of the name 'Hippopotamus' relates to the five sounds created by this type of flare. In a Balanced Hippopotamus each sound segment is performed with even timing and results in another five beat cross rhythm scratch.


DJ Scotch
04-13-2012, 02:13 PM
This techniques are too advance for me. I need to start from baby scratching and earn my way upto this level. :)

I already subscribed to your channel.

04-13-2012, 08:29 PM
This transform technique is an example of a five beat cross rhythm scratch that has four sounds in total. The fifth beat is silent and helps to space out the scratch while retaining the shifting motion of a five beat cross rhythm over a regular time beat. This method of adding silence to push a scratch into a cross rhythm can be used in any technique to allow further phrasing possibilities.


04-14-2012, 03:04 PM
The Lucky 7 is another of Qbert's combos and is made from combining an OG Flare with a one click Flare. In the Crescent Lucky 7 the one click Flare is replaced with a crescent flare to give a sharper overall sound to the scratch.


04-15-2012, 07:22 PM
I am having so much fun practicing along with these.

04-16-2012, 05:00 PM
one last one -

In geometry, an enneagon is a 9 sided polygon. I use this term for this particular nine beat cross rhythm scratch. The enneagon is composed of a one click flare, and a balanced hippopotamus.