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The Complete Guide to DJ Basics with a Traktor Controller

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    Introduction (1:52)


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    Handling the Jog Wheels (6:14)


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    Cue Points & Hot Cues (6:15)


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    Cueing (4:43)


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    Headphone Cueing (11:43)


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    Identifying the Beat (6:36)


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    Counting Beats & Bars (6:09)


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    Counting Phrases & Identifying the "One" (17:12)


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    Counting Beats Per Minute (bpm) (11:08)


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    Beat Counter & Beatgrids (12:08)


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    Adjusting Beatgrid with Controller (2:21)


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    Dropping Options & Baby Scratch (6:18)


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    Release Scratch (3:45)


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    Baby/Release Combo (2:48)


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    Dropping on the "One": Part 1 (3:49)


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    Dropping on the "One": Part 2 (4:41)


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    Crossfader Settings (6:02)


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    Cutting (3:11)


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    Dropping on the "One" with the Crossfader (5:35)


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    Basic Transition: Part 1 (5:38)


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    Basic Transition: Part 2 (5:36)


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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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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