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

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    Introduction (4:26)


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    Manual Speed-Up Method (4:24)


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    Manual Slow-Down Method (4:23)


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    Using Manual Adjustments (16:02)


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    Continuous Manual Speed-Up Method (6:20)


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    Continuous Manual Slow-Down Method (4:59)


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    Beatmatching: Part 1 (13:30)


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    Beatmatching: Part 2 (9:54)


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    Beatmatching: Part 3 (11:23)


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    Simple Blend Mix (14:20)


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    Basic EQ Mix (6:25)


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    Longer EQ Mix (8:20)


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    High/Low Pass Filter Mix (7:37)


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    Drop Mix (6:23)


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    Drop Mix with EQ & Filter (10:09)


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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DJ in Training
Submitted 2 months ago

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!

I am a: Semi-Pro

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CRATCHETT
Submitted 2 months ago

Excellent delivery, very clear and simple to follow.

Great structure to develop through the lessons, very encouraging teacher. Thanks

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Mister Daniel
Submitted 10 months ago

great course!

DJ Shortee is just so very good at explaining and demonstrating everything, really helpful.

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live

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sawu
Submitted 1 year ago

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

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

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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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The Complete Guide to Beginner DJ Mixing with CDJs and a Mixer is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 4 .
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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