We dropped into the Thud Rumble labs recently and linked up with three members of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz: Qbert, ShortKut, and D-Styles. These three guys have been rocking the turntables and sporting some mad turntablist skills for quite a long time, so we took the opportunity to pick their brains about techniques. For those that are in the Bay Area, all three will be performing at a special show called “Fader Fest” this Saturday. Yours truly will also be rocking my own special brand of faders for a special controllerism set. More info after the jump…
As a recap, the two major practice tips from the video were:
- Look to vocalists for voicing inspiration and try to copy their patterns (this will develop your ear)
- Use your voice, and your imagination to visualize the phrase and then let your fingers follow.
I was recently talking with Zakir Housain (quite arguably the world’s most famous drummer) about how he practices and Zakir had the following to say:
“I practice all day long, with my mind. I am constantly imagining and playing rhythms in my head. Then, when it comes time to play, I just let my hands follow the mind. “
Are you seeing a pattern here folks!? Jump into the matrix and anything is possible..