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Barney and the World Champion Scratch DJ

Challenges, celebrities, makes and adventures. Barney teams up with scratch DJ Mr Switch to perform a unique piece of music with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.


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BARNEY: This is Blue Peter, but mini.

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Expect epic adventures,

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makes, bakes, badges, pets,

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presenters and your post.

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We've only got five minutes, so get ready for your Blue Peter adventure.

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Ten Pieces is all about introducing a new listener

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to the beautiful world of classical music.

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So, as part of this, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra are doing

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a really special concert right here in Manchester.

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Oh, and, um...

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I'm going to be playing with them...

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in just three days.

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Ten Pieces aims to inspire a whole new generation of music fans.

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They listen and then shake it up or re-version it in a creative way.

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I wonder what I'll be playing? Like the cello, maybe, or the violin!

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Or, hopefully - my favourite instrument,

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because of how it sounds, the bassoon!

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The bassoo...

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-Oh, all right, mate?

-You all right?

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Where's the orchestra?

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-I'm playing with an orchestra.

-It's just me today.

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Oh.

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-Well, what can you do with them?

-Try this.

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MIXES/SCRATCHES BLUE PETER THEME TUNE

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'Meet four-time World Champion DJ Mr Switch, AKA Tony.

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'At the concert, he's performing

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'a piece called Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra,

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'composed by Gabriel Prokofiev and he wants me to join him

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'and scratch my way through three parts of it.'

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That was unbelievable.

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Let's start talking about the instrument itself -

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a piano has keys, a guitar has strings -

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what do we play on this instrument?

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Well, scratching consists of two ingredients -

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we have the turntable and the mixer.

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So the turntable goes backwards and forwards.

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Then the mixer has this thing called the fader -

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all it does is turn the sound on and off.

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Then we put those two parts together

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and we get all these different scratch techniques.

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'I need a masterclass, and quickly.

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'We start with the baby scratch.'

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-Shall I try it?

-Give it a go.

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That's the baby scratch. OK.

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This is called the chirp.

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This is going to take a while, isn't it?!

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'I spent the next few hours getting to grips with some simple scratches.

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'I am loving it!'

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Barney is coping quite well at the moment.

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We've shown him the basics,

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but now I'm going to throw the whole piece at him

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and we're going to put everything all together. See how he does.

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'Tony takes me through the three scratches

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'he wants me to do in his performance.

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'The first is the string riff.

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'It's actually the most complicated. And it sounds like this...'

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Tony, it's so hard!

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'The second is called the scribble.'

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-Yeah, that's good.

-That's element two.

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-There's a third element, though, right?

-Yes.

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There's various different bits of percussion where I'll play...

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The DJ plays a part and then the percussion and brass reply.

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'And so the third is the call and response.

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'Now I know what I've got to do,

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'we spend the next few hours getting our performance up to...

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'scratch.'

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Dum-dum, tsch, da dum-de-dum, tsch.

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'Two days later and it's the final rehearsals.

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'One last chance to practise my new skills. And I've got company.'

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This is it.

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I've now got to play this piece of music, or scratch with an orchestra.

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'Tony gets us off to a good start.'

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'But when it gets to my part, the pressure gets to me.'

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Ah, no! No volume!

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'I left my fader down - I cannot do that on the big day.'

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If you make a mistake, you can't correct it.

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It's like, "Oh, no, I missed it!"

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You've got to move to the next one. I need to get that right.

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'And before I know it, rehearsals are over.'

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Brilliant, well done.

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It's showtime.

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Please welcome Barney Harwood!

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APPLAUSE

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'I have to try and remember everything Tony has taught me.

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'First up is the string riff.'

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'I just about do it and my nerves settle.

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'Next, the scribble.'

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'This one I find easier - I'm feeling good now.

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'Finally, the call and response.'

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'Nailed it! And now I am really enjoying myself.'

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'But there's no denying who the master is.'

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'From an absolute beginner to a scratch DJ in just three days.

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'Loved it!'

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Join in every Thursday on CBBC.

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Barney teams up with Scratch DJ Mr Switch to perform a unique piece of music with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at a concert in Manchester.


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