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The Complete Guide to DJ Basics with a Traktor Controller

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    Introduction

    DJ Shortee introduces the course in which she teaches all the essential basics that you need to know when you are first learning how to DJ using a Traktor DJ controller.

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    Handling the Jog Wheels

    DJ Shortee shows you how to adjust the jog wheel settings, where to place your hand on the jog wheel to forward and rewind the audio, and how to speed up and slow down the audio using the outer rim.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 'Wax that Booty' (Bikini Wax Album - 5 Star Records)--115 bpm

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    Cue Points & Hot Cues

    DJ Shortee shows you all the different types of cue points in Traktor Pro 2 and also how to set and save hot cues.
    Songs:
    Mr. Brackets 'Overflow' (Arkade Records)--128 BPM

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    Cueing

    DJ Shortee explains the definition of cueing and demonstrates various ways to cue up your song with the jog wheels and also using the play, cue, and cue point buttons.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 'Wax that Booty' (Bikini Wax Album - 5 Star Records)--115 bpm

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    Headphone Cueing

    DJ Shortee teaches you how to cue up your music in your headphones and how to listen to the music in your headphones using three different techniques: cueing headphones to monitor, cueing all in the headphones, and split cueing in your headphones.
    Songs:
    Fransis Derelle 'Rocca' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 BPM
    Pawax 'Shaolin' (Arkade Records)--128 BPM

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    Identifying the Beat

    DJ Shortee shows you how to identify the primary beat that you will use to count music, identify the main drum kit, break down the drums, and tune your ears so that you are able to isolate the specific sounds in your mind that are helpful for beatmatching.
    Songs:
    Pawax 'Shaolin' (Arkade Records)--128 BPM
    Shortee & Step 1 'Wax that Booty' (Bikini Wax Album - 5 Star Records)--115 bpm

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    Counting Beats & Bars

    DJ Shortee explains basic music theory, including what a note is, how all the note values relate to each other, what a beat looks like in traditional music notation, what a bar is, what a time signature is, and how to count beats and bars in 4/4 time.
    Songs:
    Pawax 'Shaolin' (Arkade Records)--128 BPM
    Shortee & Step 1 'Wax that Booty' (Bikini Wax Album - 5 Star Records)--115 bpm

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    Counting Phrases & Identifying the "One"

    DJ Shortee explains basic song structure, what a phrase actually is, how to count groups of phrases, what to listen for, and how to easily identify the "one" in each phrase.
    Songs:
    Pawax 'Shaolin' (Arkade Records)--128 BPM
    Shortee & Step 1 'Wax that Booty' (Bikini Wax Album - 5 Star Records)--115 bpm

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    Counting Beats Per Minute (bpm)

    DJ Shortee explains what beats per minute actually is and why it's important. She teaches you the various ways to count the bpm of your music in order to identify the tempo and keep track of that information. She also discusses the "safe" ranges for beatmatching.
    Songs:
    Pawax 'Shaolin' (Arkade Records)--128 BPM

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    Beat Counter & Beatgrids

    DJ Shortee shows you how to set up the Beat Counter and how to set and adjust basic Beatgrids in the Traktor Pro 2 software.
    Songs:
    Pawax 'Shaolin' (Arkade Records)--128 BPM

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    Adjusting Beatgrid with Controller

    DJ Shortee shows you how to use the Traktor Kontrol S4 to set and adjust your Beatgrids for your audio files in the Traktor Pro 2 software.
    Songs:
    Mustache Riot, Melissa Pixel, Mobb Creep 'It’s Not Too Late' Safra Remix (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--85.5 BPM (or) 171 BPM

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    Dropping Options & Baby Scratch

    DJ Shortee explains various ways of dropping in your tracks using the play, cue, and cue point buttons, and teaches you how to perform the baby scratch using the jog wheel (platter) to drop in your tracks manually.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 'Wax that Booty' (Bikini Wax Album - 5 Star Records)--115 bpm

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    Release Scratch

    DJ Shortee teaches you how to perform the release scratch and explains why doing it correctly is so important to your mixing skills.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 'Wax that Booty' (Bikini Wax Album - 5 Star Records)--115 bpm

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    Baby/Release Combo

    DJ Shortee teaches you how to combine the baby scratch and the release scratch so that you are able to manually drop your tracks in as accurately as possible.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 'Wax that Booty' (Bikini Wax Album - 5 Star Records)--115 bpm

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    Dropping on the "One": Part 1

    DJ Shortee teaches you a longer baby/release/rewind combo exercise that will eventually be used to drop your song in on the "one" of a second song playing on the other deck.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 'Wax that Booty' (Bikini Wax Album - 5 Star Records)--115 bpm

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    Dropping on the "One": Part 2

    DJ Shortee teaches you how to drop your song in on the "one" of a second song playing on the other deck using the longer baby/release/rewind combo practice exercise.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 'Wax that Booty' (Bikini Wax Album - 5 Star Records)--115 bpm

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    Crossfader Settings

    DJ Shortee covers the crossfader settings in the Traktor Pro 2 software and how you can use them to adjust the crossfader's curve for use with the hardware crossfader on the Traktor Kontrol S4.
    Songs:
    Beatstatic 'I Want That Beat' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 BPM

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    Cutting

    DJ Shortee teaches you how to "cut" in a song by using the release scratch together with the crossfader.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 'Wax that Booty' (Bikini Wax Album - 5 Star Records)--115 bpm

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    Dropping on the "One" with the Crossfader

    DJ Shortee shows how to perform the longer baby/release/rewind combo with the crossfader by using the cutting technique to drop your song in on the "one" of a second song playing on the other deck. This technique will be used for more technical transitions that will be taught in the next course, DJ Mixing Beginner, so practice it now to get ahead of the game!
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 'Wax that Booty' (Bikini Wax Album - 5 Star Records)--115 bpm

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    Basic Transition: Part 1

    DJ Shortee teaches you how to perform a simple transition between two of the same songs with the same bpm using the crossfader to blend them together. She also elaborates on why it's so important for the phrasing on both songs to match up with each other during your transitions.
    Songs:
    Shortee & Step 1 'Wax that Booty' (Bikini Wax Album - 5 Star Records)--115 bpm

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    Basic Transition: Part 2

    DJ Shortee teaches you how to perform a simple transition between two totally different songs with the same bpm using the crossfader to blend them together. She demonstrates how to seamlessly transition from the end of a song into the beginning of another.
    Songs:
    Pawax 'Shaolin' (Arkade Records)--128 BPM
    Fransis Derelle 'Rocca' (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 BPM

Product Overview


In this video course, world-renowned DJ Shortee teaches you all the essential basics that you need to know when you are first learning how to DJ using a Traktor DJ controller. The Traktor Kontrol S4 is featured; however this course is structured so that you can easily learn using any Traktor controller. Shortee shows you how to handle the jog wheels, various ways to cue up your songs, three different ways to listen using your headphones, how to identify the beat, and how to tune your ears to be able to isolate the drum sounds within your music. She explains basic music theory; note values; how to count beats, bars, and phrases in 4/4 time; and how to identify the “one.” You will discover various ways of counting the beats per minute (bpm) of your music and why it's so important to know the tempos of all your songs. She teaches you the two most important scratches for DJing manually with the platters, how to combine them with each other as well as with the crossfader, and various ways to drop your songs in on the “one.” To finish things off strong, you will learn how to perform a basic transition between two songs with the same bpm, using the crossfader to blend them together.

“The Complete Guide to DJ Basics with a Traktor Controller” is an excellent course for beginners without any DJ experience as well as intermediate or advanced DJs who are transitioning from another gear setup and learning how to DJ on a Traktor controller for the first time. Every lesson is taught in a clear and concise way that is easy for anyone to understand. The skills you will learn in this course will set you up perfectly for the next course: “The Complete Guide to Beginner DJ Mixing with a Traktor Controller,” in which Shortee teaches beatmatching and beginner mixing techniques. This information-packed course is part of the Traktor Controller Series of Shortee's Complete DJ Method. It works seamlessly in conjunction with her DJ Gear course “The Complete DJ Gear Guide to a Traktor Controller: Kontrol S4” 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

Mr. Brackets “Overflow” (Arkade Records)--128 BPM

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

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

Mustache Riot, Melissa Pixel, Mobb Creep “It’s Not Too Late” Safra Remix (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--85.5 BPM (or) 171 BPM

Beatstatic “I Want That Beat” (Heavy Artillery Recordings)--128 BPM


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Shay
Submitted 3 months ago

very clear explanation

highly recommend it.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician


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GustavGustaveson
Submitted 4 months ago

Very good for the absolute beginner

I've got a lot out of Shortee's courses - she presents in a very unpretentious and accessible way. The course is laid-out logically, and the video production is professionally done. The only thing I would suggest is putting together a track list that might help practise things like beat-matching and mixing (as most of the tracks in my own library are relatively complex and multi-layered).


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CtSwerve
Submitted 1 year ago

Extremely Helpful!

This particular course helped me come to a decision on what product(s) I should use for my live set up.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro, Pro Tools


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Shay
Submitted 3 months ago

very clear explanation

highly recommend it.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

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GustavGustaveson
Submitted 4 months ago

Very good for the absolute beginner

I've got a lot out of Shortee's courses - she presents in a very unpretentious and accessible way. The course is laid-out logically, and the video production is professionally done. The only thing I would suggest is putting together a track list that might help practise things like beat-matching and mixing (as most of the tracks in my own library are relatively complex and multi-layered).

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

CtSwerve
Submitted 1 year ago

Extremely Helpful!

This particular course helped me come to a decision on what product(s) I should use for my live set up.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro, Pro Tools

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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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 DJ Basics with a Traktor Controller is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 3 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very clear explanation highly recommend it.
Date published: 2019-08-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good for the absolute beginner I've got a lot out of Shortee's courses - she presents in a very unpretentious and accessible way. The course is laid-out logically, and the video production is professionally done. The only thing I would suggest is putting together a track list that might help practise things like beat-matching and mixing (as most of the tracks in my own library are relatively complex and multi-layered).
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