Scratching

Scratching Program

After completing DJ Mixing Level 1, you can enter the Beat Refinery Scratching Program where you will sharpen your scratching skills.  Using Beat Refinery's unique scratch notation, instructional videos and your instructor’s knowledge, you will perfect each scratch and learn to incorporate it into your mix.  No matter what level you’re at (beginner to advanced) students are billed on a monthly plan. On your first day of class, your instructor will evaluate your current skill level and determine which level it falls under in our Scratching curriculum and work with you from there. Then, you will work side by side with your instructor and complete each level at your own pace.  The time to complete this course is based on your own progress, along with your instructor advancing you through each level.

Private 1-on-1 Lessons

We also offer private 1-on-1 lessons for this class. Choose individual lessons and DJ while registering online or contact us for more information.

Level 1: Basic Scratching

Prerequisites: DJ Mixing Level 1: Intro to DJing
Students will learn:

  • Scratches: Baby, Scribble, Release, Forward, Backward, Stab, Transform, Chirp
  • Combinations of scratches learned
  • Strategic uses of scratches during mixing
  • Music theory for the scratch DJ

Level 2: Advanced Scratching

Prerequisites: Level 1: Basic Scratching
Students will learn:

  • Scratches: Original flare, 1 click flare, 2 click flare
  • Combinations of scratches learned
  • Drumming technique
  • Basic looping technique
  • Music theory for the scratch DJ

Level 3: Beat Juggling

Prerequisites: Level 2: Advanced Scratching
Students will learn:

  • Looping techniques
  • Trick mixing techniques: phasing, doubling, echoing
  • Tapping techniques
  • Chase patterns
  • 1-2 patterns
  • More drumming techniques
  • Y record theory
  • Music theory for the scratch DJ

Level 4: The Battle DJ

Prerequisites: Level 3: Beat Juggling
Students will learn:

  • How to put together a battle routine
  • Difference between head-to-head battles and showcase battles
  • Breakdown of championship winning routines
  • Effective uses of scratch and beat juggling routines
  • Effective uses of wordplay
  • Music composition for the scratch DJ

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“I saw a write-up in the Washington Post about Beat Refinery, and signed up for classes that day. I’ve had my turntables for a long time, but hadn’t really been able to do anything with them. I came into the class with low expectations – not for the content of the course, but for my ability to perform the material. I spoke with one of the instructors about my personal concerns with my ability to DJ and that I felt like I was fighting a losing battle. He told me that I am selling myself short, and he was absolutely right. I didn’t think I could do any of it until he broke down the basics for us, and it felt like a light bulb went off in my head. I knew I could do it. Before long I was able to beat-match, mix, baby scratch, determine how many bars were in a song’s intro, and how to drop in a track on cue. On the first day of class, they told us that what we’ll learn and be able to do in 6 weeks will be knowledge and skill that took them years to get. Coming up on the end of the class I believe them.”