This page is for all the variant scratches and scratching techniques that exist, and is provided as a guide for most of, but not all of, the extra kinds of scratches you may encounter. As on the main scratching page, examples are notated in TTM for all of them.



A military scratch is more of a style, using the combination of regular baby scratches and cuts to create a regular, marching feeling, hence its name. Military scratches are considered an easy technique for beginners to use as they combine the two simplest scratches.

Clover TearEdit

Clover tear scratch example

A variant on the tear scratch that could be described as a "two push orbit tear", involving two pushes forwards with distinct stops, then repeated backwards. The 4 distinct sounds created lend it its name after a four leaf clover.


Another tear scratch variant, it can be described as a "multi-push drag tear".


The swipe scratch is a faderless scratch, a sort of mix between baby scratches and lasers. A short hit, as would be done on a laser scratch, is done on the record by the fader hand as the record hand moves the record as in a baby. The 'hits' should be placed where the clicks would be normally done if performing a transform or flare scratch, as they do create a phantom click.


The zig zag scratch is a combination of the cut, laser and baby scratches, performed normally with two hands for record control. The first part of the sound comes from the release of the record as would be done in a cut, he second part comes from hitting the record forwards to increase pitch, and then the third part of the sound comes from 'rewinding' the sample to the start position as would be done in the backwards part of a baby scratch.

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