COURSE DESCRIPTION In this introduction to DJing course, you will learn all the fundamental skills required to DJ. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the DJ equipment and software used in professional environments such as clubs and festivals. You will also learn core skills such as beat matching; beat counting, equalizing, and basic mixing […]
In this introduction to DJing course, you will learn all the fundamental skills required to DJ. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the DJ equipment and software used in professional environments such as clubs and festivals. You will also learn core skills such as beat matching; beat counting, equalizing, and basic mixing techniques. Ensuring you are fluent with the use of DJ equipment and can mix easily by the end of the course. This online course will teach you how to be a great DJ. Whether you want to land a dream gig in your favorite nightclub, play at that cool lounge bar in your town, set up as a mobile DJ, or just provide the music at parties for friends and family, everything you need to know is within these pages.
My hope is that this book gives you the confidence to go out and play the music you love in public on your journey to becoming a great DJ. I hope it gives you enough knowledge to choose a DJ set-up that’s right for you, offered enough guidance to help you craft a truly special music collection, and show you all the techniques you need to start playing out. I believe that it’s in public where DJing is learned and that too many DJs give up before they get the rush of playing a gig in front of a real crowd.
Skills to be achieved
- A good ear for rhythm.
- A sense of timing.
- Good interpersonal skills to assist networking.
- The stamina and energy to motivate people.
- The ability to manage business accounts.
- Technical ability.
- Creative talent for mixing music together.
In an age where DJs are just as important as rock stars, it’s not surprising that more people than ever are getting interested in the art and science of spinning tunes. Nobody ever forgets their first big dance floor experience or the DJ who provided it. Who wouldn’t want to be in his or her shoes, at one with the crowd, gratefully receiving all that adoration and praise from a packed dance floor?
In this first step of the process, we’ll cover all things ‘gear’. I’ll start by showing you the various parts that all DJ set-ups share in common, so you can see past the marketing hype and ‘shiny new thing’ syndrome and be sure about what you really need.
‘Why do I need a DJ laptop anyway?’ It’s a good question because while ‘laptop DJing’ (having a laptop right there with you when you DJ) is pretty common nowadays, it’s by no means the only way of DJing. Maybe you just want to use CDs, which is another common way of DJing.
Always consider what DJ software you want to use before you choose your DJ hardware. When you buy a piece of DJ hardware, it comes with the software you need to make it work, so there will typically be a download link for you to go online and get the software.
Nowadays, DJ controllers (sometimes referred to as ‘Midi controllers’) are by far the most popular way for new DJs to get started. A DJ controller is a single box that contains controls for two or more decks, a mixer, various other periphery functions, plus usually an audio interface which sends audio to both your headphones and your amplifier and speakers.