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Author Topic: how do you hold your scratch box?  (Read 1141 times)

Offline nyhunter

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how do you hold your scratch box?
« on: August 23, 2018, 08:47:50 PM »
All new to the scratch box and just wondering how you guys hold the? any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: how do you hold your scratch box?
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2018, 09:17:34 PM »
Al Shoemaker has got a YouTube video of him holding and running a scratcher...it helped me...

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Re: how do you hold your scratch box?
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2018, 09:32:17 PM »
Al Shoemaker has got a YouTube video of him holding and running a scratcher...it helped me...
Me too. Here it is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ua3OCRj74E&index=13&list=PLbF6qMoJbTLzkdmzIrqSSxeTkJKKmXVg8&t=144s
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Re: how do you hold your scratch box?
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2018, 10:30:33 PM »
That's a good one..but that's not Al

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Re: how do you hold your scratch box?
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2018, 10:31:35 PM »
Al Shoemaker has got a YouTube video of him holding and running a scratcher...it helped me...
Me too. Here it is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ua3OCRj74E&index=13&list=PLbF6qMoJbTLzkdmzIrqSSxeTkJKKmXVg8&t=144s

I run mine opposite of most folks. I'm right handed, and hold the box in my left and play the striker with my right. It's just the way I learned to play one, but the sounds and principles are the same for the most part

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Re: how do you hold your scratch box?
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2018, 10:33:45 PM »
Al Shoemaker has got a YouTube video of him holding and running a scratcher...it helped me...
Me too. Here it is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ua3OCRj74E&index=13&list=PLbF6qMoJbTLzkdmzIrqSSxeTkJKKmXVg8&t=144s

I run mine opposite of most folks. I'm right handed, and hold the box in my left and play the striker with my right. It's just the way I learned to play one, but the sounds and principles are the same for the most part
If I did not have the problem with my left hand that I do I might give that a try.
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Re: how do you hold your scratch box?
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2018, 07:19:57 AM »
Russell Beard,------ Beard Hunter turkey calls has a good one on youtube

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Re: how do you hold your scratch box?
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2018, 08:49:38 AM »
I am new to the scratcher game also. 

For the ones I have now I really think it depends on the scratchbox design how to play it best. 

The bigger ones I cant run with the thumb box call method. 

I actually like the bigger ones better but everyone is different. 

Biggest thing I have found is to put your index finger on the top and hold the corners keeping your fingers off the soundboard seems to be the key for me to making good sounds.

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Re: how do you hold your scratch box?
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2018, 03:15:21 PM »
That's a good one..but that's not Al
Oops.
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Re: how do you hold your scratch box?
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2018, 12:33:46 AM »
As others have said, you place your index finger over the top of the call, thumb on the front and middle finger on the edge nearest your wrist. That'll give you the higher pitches. If you want to mellow the sound some, you can put your pointer finger over the far end of the call (again, from the wrist) and your middle finger over the center of the soundboard. Your ring finger a little farther back and your pinky on the end of the soundboard closest to your wrist. You can adjust your fingers up or down (meaning farther up or farther down the soundboard) to get the variation in sound that sounds good to you.
Doing this, you can have two or more very different sounding calls in one little scratcher...

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Re: how do you hold your scratch box?
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2018, 11:04:22 PM »
Something else that may be useful is the pressure you put on the striker, as in how tight or loose you hold it. If you squeeze it really tight, you get a sweeter, more melodic sound. If you hold it loosely, you get more rasp.

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Re: how do you hold your scratch box?
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2018, 06:41:11 PM »
Something else that may be useful is the pressure you put on the striker, as in how tight or loose you hold it. If you squeeze it really tight, you get a sweeter, more melodic sound. If you hold it loosely, you get more rasp.

Solid advice right there!  I figured that out thru trail and error great tip for someone just starting out.