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The Complete Guide To Beginner DJ Mixing With Turntables And A Mixer

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    3:11

    In this video, DJ Shortee introduces the course in which she teaches manual adjustments, tuning your ears, beatmatching, and beginner mixing techniques using turntables and a mixer. She explains what beatmatching actually is and why its important for DJs to learn to beatmatch manually. She also compares manual beatmatching versus relying on the automatic Sync features available in most DJ software, and lists the benefits of each.

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    Tutorial 2

    Manual Speed-Up Method

    6:09

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to manually manipulate your records in order to temporarily speed up the tempo of your songs. She explains why manual adjustments are crucial to the manual beatmatching process and demonstrates the speed-up method both with traditional vinyl and then with control vinyl with DJ software so that you can not only hear the adjustments but also see the adjustments actually affecting the sound waves in real time.

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    Tutorial 3

    Manual Slow-Down Method

    4:45

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to manually manipulate your records in order to temporarily slow down the tempo of your songs. She demonstrates the manual slow-down method, first using traditional vinyl and then using control vinyl with DJ software so that you can not only hear the adjustments but also see the adjustments actually affecting the sound waves in real time.

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    Tutorial 4

    Using Manual Adjustments

    11:59

    In this video, DJ Shortee teaches you how to use manual adjustments to adjust your songs while beatmatching. She explains why you should only adjust one record at a time, what to do when turntables are calibrated differently from each other, and what sounds to listen for while you are beatmatching in order to tune your ears. She shows how to determine if a song is playing faster or slower using just your ears, as well as how to use your eyes to determine this in the Serato DJ software.

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    Tutorial 5

    Continuous Manual Speed-Up Method

    7:48

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to perform the continuous manual speed-up method, an exercise that will help you become proficient with your manual adjustments. She also explains how these continuous manual adjustment methods can be used when you are beatmatching live music with a beat played by a live drummer in real time, rather than beatmatching songs that are quantized during production.

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    Tutorial 6

    Continuous Manual Slow-Down Method

    4:43

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to perform the continuous manual slow-down method, an exercise that will help you become proficient with your manual adjustments.

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    Tutorial 7

    Beatmatching: Part 1

    13:03

    In this video, DJ Shortee teaches you how to combine manual speed adjustments with full pitch adjustments in order to beatmatch two of the same song using your ears only. She breaks down the entire process slowly, walking you through it step by step, so that you can fully grasp the concept, while also teaching you a fundamental exercise that you can practice repeatedly to hone your beatmatching skills.

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    Tutorial 8

    Beatmatching: Part 2

    6:32

    In this video, DJ Shortee teaches you how to combine manual speed adjustments with full pitch adjustments in order to beatmatch two different songs with the same bpm using your ears only. She shows how you can combine the techniques more efficiently in order to beatmatch faster, while still breaking the process down step by step so you can follow along in real time.

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    Tutorial 9

    Beatmatching: Part 3

    8:30

    In this video, DJ Shortee teaches you how to combine manual speed adjustments with full pitch adjustments in order to beatmatch two different songs with different bpms using your ears only. She also explains what a safe bpm range is, why its even more important to stay within a safe bpm range when using turntables without key lock and/or DJ software, and then explains how that rule varies when using turntables in conjunction with key lock and/or DJ software.

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    Tutorial 10

    Simple Blend Mix

    9:51

    In this video, DJ Shortee teaches you how to perform a simple blend mix using the volume faders on the DJ mixer to transition the songs from one to the other. She quickly walks you through the process of beatmatching two different songs, and then shows you how to begin mixing the second song in at a mix point and use the volume faders to seamlessly mix the two songs together.

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    Tutorial 11

    Basic EQ Mix

    4:34

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to begin incorporating the EQ into your mixing by transitioning the bass frequencies of your songs. She explains why this basic EQ mix is the most important EQ mix you will ever learn as a DJ and why you should use it, or a variation of it, most often.

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    Tutorial 12

    Longer EQ Mix

    5:00

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to perform a more elaborate EQ mix by mixing each of the three frequencies separately in order to create a longer EQ mix together with the volume faders.

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    Tutorial 13

    High/Low Pass Filter Mix

    2:56

    In this video, DJ Shortee teaches you how to use the high/low pass filter to isolate certain frequencies of your songs while mixing between them using the volume faders.

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    Tutorial 14

    Drop Mix

    4:48

    In this video, DJ Shortee shows you how to perform a drop mix, using the crossfader in conjunction with the volume faders, for use with quicker mixes, trick mixing and songs with shorter phrasing.

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    Tutorial 15

    Drop Mix with EQ & Filter

    7:01

    In this video, DJ Shortee teaches you how to perform the drop mix technique in various ways by incorporating the EQ and/or the high/low pass filter so that you can blend the frequencies between songs in a more efficient way for smoother transitions during quick mixes.

In this video course, world-renowned DJ Shortee teaches you the essential DJ skills that you need to beatmatch and mix your music using turntables and a DJ mixer. These skills include manual adjustments, tuning your ears, beatmatching, and beginner mixing techniques. She breaks down the entire beatmatching and mixing process slowly and clearly, step by step and in multiple ways, so that you can fully grasp the concepts, while also giving you specific exercises that you can practice repeatedly to hone your beatmatching skills. Every lesson is taught in a clear and concise way that is easy for anyone to understand.

Discover how to manually manipulate your records to temporarily adjust the tempo of your songs and how to combine those manual adjustments with full pitch adjustments in order to beatmatch your music.

Shortee shows you exactly what to listen for to be able to tune your ears and how to determine if a track is playing too fast or too slow so that you are able to beatmatch any genre of music quickly and easily. She demonstrates these techniques with multiple genres of music using both traditional vinyl records and control vinyl records with DJ software, so that you can see the adjustments affecting the sound waves in real time.

You will learn how to perform multiple mixing techniques such as a simple blend mix and various EQ and filter mixing techniques, including the most important EQ mix that you will use most often as a DJ. Shortee also shows you how to perform a drop mix, using the crossfader in conjunction with the volume faders, for use with quicker mixes, trick mixing, and songs with shorter phrasing, and then combines that technique with the EQ and the filter, showing you how to blend the frequencies between songs in a more efficient way for even smoother transitions during quick mixes.

"The Complete Guide to Beginner DJ Mixing with Turntables and a Mixer" is an excellent course for beginners who already have some basic skills under their belt or have taken Shortees prerequisite course "The Complete Guide to DJ Basics with Turntables and a Mixer." This course is also perfect for intermediate or advanced DJs who are transitioning from another gear setup over to turntables. This course also sets you up perfectly for the next course: "The Complete Guide to Intermediate DJ Mixing with Turntables and a Mixer," in which Shortee teaches how to code your music, mix harmonically, and create full mix sets, both planned and improvised. This information-packed course is part of the Turntable Series of Shortee's Complete DJ Method and is essential for building a strong foundation to take your skills to the next level.

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DJ SHORTEE, described as the “World’s Premier Female DJ” by the Grammy Foundation, is a multi-genre DJ, turntablist, music producer, record label CEO (Heavy Artillery Recordings, Arkade Records, 5 Star Records), DJ instructor, actor, and published author.

Named “Queen of the Scratch World” by DJ Times, Shortee’s unique contribution to the art of turntablism earned her a spot as the only female DJ featured in the critically acclaimed movie Scratch. With over two decades of experience, she is recognized as one of the most diverse and technically skilled DJs in the world.

Shortee is one of the few DJs who are respected globally in a wide variety of genres. Spinning genres such as House, Drum ’n’ Bass, Electro, Dubstep, Drumstep, Glitch Hop, Trap, Breaks, Techno, Hip Hop, Top40, Mash Up, Funk, Soul, Rock, Jazz, and more, she has rocked everything from the hottest nightclubs, massive raves, and b-boy battles to huge festivals and celebrity parties. Her fast-paced mixing style, expert scratching skills, and energetic stage presence have made her one of the most in-demand DJs touring worldwide.

As a DJ instructor, Shortee has taught classes, private lessons, workshops, and online tutorials for the esteemed Grammy Foundation, Dubspot, Scratch DJ Academy, Turntable U, Rane, Serato, SAE Institute, and more. She has also produced her own DJ instructional DVD series and has written a critically acclaimed instructional book, Spin Now! The DJ Starter Handbook (Hal Leonard Books), which includes an accompanying DVD-ROM and is currently available worldwide in paperback and kindle editions.

In regard to her teaching style, Shortee is well known for simplifying those intimidating, confusing topics and making them accessible and easy for anyone to understand. Her lessons are extremely thorough and packed with tons of information yet her quirky, easygoing personality keeps everything relatable, approachable, and fun. She breaks everything down into simple step-by-step techniques that you can easily put into action and also gives you the clarity and confidence you need to take your skills to the next level!

For more information, visit her websites:

www.djshortee.com | www.urbanassaultmusic.com | www.heavyartilleryrecordings.com | www.shannonames.com | www.shorteescompletedjmethod.com

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