Dividing Quarter Notes With Stabs

The Stab

If you only practice one skratch, it should be Stabs.

Unicorn Stabs

Stabs are the skratch I hear QBert telling every single one of the 2,000+ students on QBert Skratch University to practice, from the complete beginner to the world class skratch virtuoso.

The stab needs constant practice to keep it “in the pocket”, and it always has room for improvement. If I could take away only one lesson from my almost 4 years on QSU, it would be the stab.

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The benefits of practicing stabs every day

  • it’s really fun
  • the Stab is super funky and will link all your other skratch techniques together
  • greatly improved hands-together coordination
  • it sounds so dope
  • the crowd always gets hype when you do awesome stabs
  • all your other skratches will become much cleaner and controlled
  • get the stab down and you will sound like a pro skratcher with really clean cuts
  • it will spice up all your DJ mixes
  • sharpened phrasing skratches
  • improved drum skratches
  • gain an advantage in battles
  • every one stabs differently, master the stab and your style will stand out.

In this stabs lesson you will learn:

  • Quarter Note Stabs

quarter note card

  • Five divisions of the quarter note, and how to stab them.
  • Eighth Note

eighth note card

  • Quarter Note Triplet

quarter note triplet card

  • Sixteenth Note

sixteenth note card

  • A Quarter Note Divided into 5

five sixteenths card

  • Eighth Note Triplets

eighth note triplet card

  • You will also be able to follow-along with me and improve your stab technique through a QnA style practice session.

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Video Transcription

Practice your stabs!

(Stab Freestyle Demo)

Wuzzup Skratch Crew! ZSonic Here!

Today I’m going to help you level up your stabs.

The stab is arguably the best skratch.  It sounds funky. It combos with everything. It’s really the one skratch that you can practice that’s gonna make all your other skratches sound better.  So today I’m going to help you level up your stab by teaching you to divide quarter notes. Alright, Let’s get Skratchin!

Ok we’ll start with the straight up quarter note. If you nod your head to a beat, everytime you nod your head it’s a quarter note. If you stab quarter notes, it sounds like this.

(Quarter Note Stabs Demo)

Now we’re gonna divide that quarter note into two.  That gives us eighth notes. When you stab eighth notes, it sounds like this.

(Eighth Note Stabs Demo)

Now we’re gonna divide a quarter note into three. When you divide a quarter note by three you get triplets, quarter note triplets. When you stab those, it sounds like this.

(Quarter Note Triplet Stabs Demo)

Alright now we’ll divide the quarter note into four.  That gives us sixteenth notes. When you stab sixteenth notes, it sounds like this.

(Sixteenth Note Stabs Demo)

Ok now we’re going to divide a quarter note by five. When you divide a quarter note by five I don’t technically know what that’s called. So if you know what that’s called, please comment below and you can teach me something. When you stab a quarter note divided into five, it sounds like this.

(Quarter note divided by five Stabs Demo)

Alright next up we’ll divide a quarter note into six. That’s gonna give us eighth note triplets. When you stab eighth note triplets, it sounds like this.

(Eighth note triplet Stabs Demo)

Now we’re gonna hear what those divisions sound like to a beat. It’s gonna be a follow-along. So I’ll skratch for a measure, then you try to do the same thing for a measure. I’ll start with quarter notes, then go on to eighth notes, triplets, and so on. For each one I’ll stab for a measure, then I’ll rest, then you stab the same division for a measure.  Test yourself and see what you can do.

If you have any questions you can feel free to contact me at ZSonic@ZSonicSound.com or you can comment below. Let’s get goin with this and let’s have some fun!

(QnA follow-along practice session)

Alright, I hope you enjoyed today’s lesson. I hope you learned something and I hope you had a lot of fun. If you like this lesson go to ZSonicSound.com for more free skratch lessons.

Sign up for that email list cus I’m gonna be comin out with a bunch of cool stuff, and exclusive stuff for all my email list subscribers, skratch tools, speedboosters, beats, all types of stuff. More Lessons. It’s gonna be awesome! 

So check out ZSonicSound.com. And I really wanna help get you excited and keep you motivated to practice your stabs! because they’re freakin awesome!  alright, so, Have fun! ZSonic Out.

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