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The Complete Guide to Beginner DJ Mixing with CDJs and a Mixer

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    Introduction

    In this video, DJ Shortee introduces the course in which she teaches manual adjustments, tuning your ears, beatmatching, and beginner mixing techniques using CDJs and a DJ mixer. She explains what beatmatching actually is and why it's 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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    Manual Speed-Up Method

    DJ Shortee shows you how to manually manipulate the jog wheels on the CDJs in order to temporarily speed up the tempo of your songs. She explains why manual adjustments are crucial to the manual beatmatching process and then demonstrates the manual speed-up method using both visual and audible techniques. She teaches you how to perform this technique using only your ears so you can train your ears to hear the adjustments.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 “Wax that Booty” (Bikini Wax Album—5 Star Records)—115 bpm
    Fransis Derelle “Rocca” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm

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    Manual Slow-Down Method

    DJ Shortee shows you how to manually manipulate the jog wheels on the CDJs in order to temporarily slow down the tempo of your songs. She demonstrates the manual slow-down method, using both visual and audible techniques. She teaches you how to perform this technique using only your ears so you can train your ears to hear the adjustments. Then, as a bonus visual reference, she shows you how to "read" the Serato DJ software as you manually adjust the jog wheels so you can actually see the adjustments affecting the sound waves in real time.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 “Wax that Booty” (Bikini Wax Album—5 Star Records)—115 bpm
    Fransis Derelle “Rocca” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm

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    Using Manual Adjustments

    DJ Shortee teaches you how to use manual adjustments to adjust your songs while beatmatching. She explains why you should adjust only one song at a time 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 a bonus, she uses the Serato DJ software as a visual reference so that you can also see the audio tracks moving faster and slower side by side.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 “Wax that Booty” (Bikini Wax Album—5 Star Records)—115 bpm
    Fransis Derelle “Rocca” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm

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    Continuous Manual Speed-Up Method

    DJ Shortee shows you how to perform the continuous manual speed-up method practice drill using only your ears. This is an exercise that will help you become proficient with your manual adjustments.
    Songs:
    Scary Fox “Subway” (Arkade Records)—128 bpm

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    Continuous Manual Slow-Down Method

    DJ Shortee shows you how to perform the continuous manual slow-down method practice drill using only your ears. This is an exercise that will help you become proficient with your manual adjustments.
    Songs:
    Scary Fox “Subway” (Arkade Records)—128 bpm

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    Beatmatching: Part 1

    DJ Shortee teaches you how to combine manual speed adjustments with full pitch adjustments in order to beatmatch two of the same song using only your ears. 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.
    Songs:
    Scary Fox “Subway” (Arkade Records)—128 bpm

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    Beatmatching: Part 2

    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 only your ears. 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.
    Songs:
    Fransis Derelle “Rocca” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm
    Scary Fox “Subway” (Arkade Records)—128 bpm

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    Beatmatching: Part 3

    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 only your ears. She also reviews what a "safe" bpm range is, why it's important, and how to determine the range on your CDJs.
    Songs:
    WiseLabs “Family Values” 1nvader Remix (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—124 bpm
    Minesweepa “Later Gator” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm

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    Simple Blend Mix

    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 reviews the crossfader settings and discusses the differences between mixing with the crossfader versus using the volume faders. After that she quickly walks you through the process of beatmatching two different songs manually and how you would incorporate the headphone controls. She then shows you two examples of how to begin mixing the second song in at a mix point and use the volume faders to seamlessly mix the two songs together.
    Songs:
    Fransis Derelle “Rocca” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm
    Pawax “Shaolin” (Arkade Records)—128 bpm

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    Basic EQ Mix

    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.
    Songs:
    Fransis Derelle “Rocca” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm
    Pawax “Shaolin” (Arkade Records)—128 bpm

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    Longer EQ Mix

    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. As a bonus, she also explains how the continuous manual adjustments 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.
    Songs:
    Fransis Derelle “Rocca” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm
    Pawax “Shaolin” (Arkade Records)—128 bpm

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    High/Low Pass Filter Mix

    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 filter together with the volume faders.
    Songs:
    Fransis Derelle “Rocca” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—128 bpm
    Pawax “Shaolin” (Arkade Records)—128 bpm

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    Drop Mix

    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. She also quickly reviews the cutting technique that was taught in depth during the previous "CDJ: DJ Basics" course.
    Songs:
    D.E.P “Bikini Girls” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—110 bpm
    Sharxpowa “Storm” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—110 bpm

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    Drop Mix with EQ & Filter

    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.
    Songs:
    D.E.P “Bikini Girls” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—110 bpm
    Sharxpowa “Storm” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)—110 bpm

Product Overview


In this video course, world-renowned DJ Shortee teaches you the essential DJ skills that you need to beatmatch and mix your music using CDJs and a DJ mixer. These skills include manual adjustments, tuning your ears, manual 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 the jog wheels in order to temporarily adjust the tempo of your songs and how to combine those manual adjustments with full pitch adjustments so you can manually 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 manually beatmatch any genre of music quickly and easily. She demonstrates these techniques with multiple genres of music while displaying how to use your ears exclusively. Shortee also uses DJ software as a visual example, 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 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 CDJs and a Mixer” is an excellent course for beginners who already have some basic skills under their belt or have taken Shortee’s prerequisite course “The Complete Guide to DJ Basics with CDJs and a Mixer.” This course is also perfect for intermediate or advanced DJs who are transitioning from another gear setup over to CDJs. This course sets you up perfectly for the next two-part course: “The Complete Guide to Intermediate DJ Mixing with CDJs and a Mixer, Part 1: Vocal-Based Music and Part 2: Instrumental-Based Music,” in which Shortee teaches how to break down your entire song structure; find all your possible mix points; code your music; and create full mix sets, both planned and improvised. This information-packed course is part of the CDJ Series of Shortee's Complete DJ Method and is essential for building a strong foundation to take your skills to the next level.

Songs Used in This Course & Where to Find Them:

Shortee & Step 1 “Wax that Booty” (Bikini Wax Album—5 Star Records)--115 bpm

Fransis Derelle “Rocca” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm

Scary Fox “Subway” (Arkade Records)--128 bpm

WiseLabs “Minesweepa “Later Gator” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 bpm

WiseLabs “Family Values” 1nvader Remix (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--124 bpm

Pawax “Shaolin” (Arkade Records)--128 bpm

D.E.P “Bikini Girls” (Heavy Artillery Recordings--110 bpm

Sharxpowa “Storm” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--110 bpm


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The Complete Guide to Beginner DJ Mixing with CDJs and a Mixer is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 5 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Ready, Set, . . . Thanks DJ Shortee for thorough, clear instruction, with encouragement. Very helpful.
Date published: 2019-03-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from All of the CDJ series videos are great! I was always intimidated to play CDJs because I never had access to them to be able to learn, these videos gave me the confidence to know what I am doing when I step up to one! Super straight forward and easy to follow. Loved it!
Date published: 2018-10-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent delivery, very clear and simple to follow. Great structure to develop through the lessons, very encouraging teacher. Thanks
Date published: 2018-10-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from great course! DJ Shortee is just so very good at explaining and demonstrating everything, really helpful.
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Shortee, one of the best teacher This Video is not boring and Shortee is not to fast. First time, she explains everything dry and then with music. Greetings from germany. Frank
Date published: 2017-10-14
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