DJing requires a lot of practice,. but you don’t have to be Tiesto or Skrillex to start blowing people’s minds with your skills. Even beginners can look like pros by mastering a few simple DJ techniques.
Beatmatching is one of the fundamental basics of DJing. It involves syncing the tempo and/or pitch of two songs played one after the other, in order to create a smooth transition and maintain the energy of the room. You can learn all about this technique here.
2. “Dropping on the One”
Like beatmatching, this is an easy way to transition between songs or beats, but it involves cutting from one record to another in a single swift motion during a one-beat. You often hear this technique in hip-hop and R&B. The transition isn’t as seamless as with beatmatching, but it’s a really cool effect that anyone can master, and it’s perfect when you quickly need to switch between beats. You can learn more about it here.
3. Open Fader Scratches
Scratching is the bread and butter of DJing, and when you use the fader’s open position, you can experiment with a lot of rhythmic scratching techniques that make the music come alive. It takes a bit of practice, but it’s well worth it. Check out a free tutorial on open fader scratches right here.
4. Transitioning Between Two Tracks or Loops
Easily transitioning between tracks and loops can give you access to more creativity and complexity in your sound. You’ll want to be sure you’ve mastered this technique early on, because it will definitely pay off in the long run. Learn more about this, here.
5. Being Present with the Energy of the Room
Okay, so this one is a bit more personal, but it’s absolutely critical. A good DJ understands how to work a turntable, but a great DJ understands how to work a room. If you don’t master this simple but tragically overlooked skill, you’ll never hit the big time. You need to connect with your audience. Cater to them but also guide them.
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