Beginner - Intermediate DJ Course

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Beginner - Intermediate DJ Course

by Rob Jones

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Beginners DJ Course

Gives an outline of the different DJing formats available today, explaining how they've changed over the years and what the most popular formats are now.
Shows how to hook up a pair of vinyl decks to a mixer and amp or speakers, and then explains the basic controls in this setup, which are the fundamental ones you find in all DJing formats. Then, compares this to the controls you find in djay, a popular DJing app for the iPad.
Explains how to cue tracks with various DJing formats, to enable a complete understanding of the different considerations when using an entirely hardware or a software-based setup.
Teaches some of the musical considerations when mixing, to help students better choose the right track to play and know when to mix it. Topics covered include tempo, time signature and key, as well as swing or shuffle. There is also some information about how tracks are structured and an example of a standard song arrangement.
Teaches what the EQ and Filter controls on a DJ mixer do, so students have a better understanding of how to use them to change the sound of a track and improve your mix. Musical examples are shown through a spectrum analyser to enable a visual as well as aural demonstration.
Combines all the techniques learned so far on the course, and some new tricks, to provide some mixing examples.
Runs through some more of the effects you commonly find in DJing setups, including reverb, delay, flanging and gating.
Continues looking at more advanced DJing techniques by introducing cue points and looping, showing how they can be useful in various mixing scenarios.
Gives a summary of the main points that have been taught on the course, and then provides some exercises to help improve jogging and beat matching skills.
Provides a glimpse into the life of a professional DJ, by chatting with up and coming Berlin DJ and Producer, Sant_.
Demonstrates the basics of how to scratch, showing how to setup the decks, the main principles and a range of different techniques.

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