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    So You Want to Learn to DJ Today
    Posted on Tuesday, April 14 @ 19:02:12 EDT by DJ_Jimbob
    Topic: How To DJ   Printer Friendly Page Send to a Friend

    If you desire to learn to DJ, there are some beginner techniques and pieces of equipment that you'll need to get started.

    First, I hope you already love music, because that's completely the minimum requirement. Know the music, and know the style. You can be the expert in rap or techno or whatever, but it helps if you learn everything at least a little so you can go wherever you're cherished. That's the quickest way to get started. Then you'll build your rep and followers will start to want you.

    Watch the party goers who are dancing and having a great time with the music; those are the ones you desire to please. You've got to recognize your listeners before you select your grooves.

    Don't be a music prig and assume that your music is the only music you're going to spin – that's a sure way to never get a return gig. Instead, watch the crowd (or better yet, plan ahead for the crowd) and give them what they want.

    It's a good idea to think of the venue and who will be there. Is it a nightclub or party? What sort of fans are in the place? Ask the organizers what kind of music the fans usually enjoy. Once you develop a following and can bring your own fans, you'll know what to spin, but if you're new, stick with what they want.

    If you're the DJ for an event like a wedding reception, baby shower, or birthday party, then you should stick with the mainstream pop hits and the standards like YMCA, the Macarena, and some Beatles – stuff like that. Keep it to the greatest hits that will be familiar to the crowd. You can slip in some current discs for the youthful revelers and other golden oldies for the more sedate crowd, but definitely keep to the top hits.

    There are "top ten wedding song" and "top ten birthday track" lists; look them up and be sure to keep a few of them ready. Think about a mix of disco, funk, early rock, 70s rock'n'roll classics and some Taylor Swift and Mariah Carey, and you'll be in the party zone.

    While the traditional DJ gear was 2 Techniques decks and a mixer, many DJs moved to CDs and then onto computers for their mixing. If most of your sounds are digital, obtain a couple of reliable laptops and a decent mixer.

    You'll have to practise with equipment before you get your own, since you need to get the knowledge of how it is and see if you can rock it. Get top headphones with good bass so you can groove match, and get headphones that fit over the ears so you can blockade out the ambient racket. You can't do without the cross fade slider to go from one groove to the other, and a cue function is also imperative.

    If you want to go old style, you can do it with the turntables. Use a slip mat on them so the records DJ enthusiast Jimbob shares his DJ tips for beginners and experts alike. Check out all his latest tips online at Learn To DJ Now

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