The Beginner DJ Blog

Learn To DJ Online

Muxx April 18, 2010 Tutorials No Comments


Have you ever wanted to learn how to DJ but didn’t quite know where to begin or what equipment you needed to get started?

 

2012 Update: TheĀ How to DJ Fast Video Course by DigitalDJTips.com has launched and it’s incredible. The video course covers everything from equipment to learning to mix – if you’re just starting than I highly recommend you take a look.


The net offers the beginner DJ many opportunities to learn essential DJ techniques such as beatmatching, setting up their equipment, choosing music and much more. With a little bit of research and the use of Google, you can find dozens of tutorial websites and videos to learn how to DJ online.

Carl Cox Ultra Music Festival 2010

The Pros and Cons of Learning To DJ Online

Before we begin, I wanted to voice my opinion about the pros and cons of learning to DJ online. Although the information you can find is very relevant and free, there are a few drawbacks to using the net as a beginner DJ.

Pros

1. DJ tutorials and videos are free for anyone to watch or read. This saves you a ton of money compared to going out and paying for lessons from other DJs or buying them in stores.

2. Online tutorials give you a wide range of approaches to begin DJing. Not everyone learns how to DJ the same, the net allows us to learn from different perspectives and various tips and tricks learned from each DJ.

3. Blog posts and videos gives us the ability for instant feedback. Unlike a book or video series, the people that produce these online tutorials will give you additional advice through comments and video responses.

Cons

1. You don’t get the full hands on. Online DJ tutorials are still either written or in video, there aren’t many interactive examples of these tutorials which plays a large part about learning how to DJ.

2. They sometimes withold information. There are a bunch of websites that give you a few lessons but then are only there to eventually sell you a series – that sucks because they’re teasing you.

3. It doesn’t beat learning to DJ with a friend or mentor. If you can find someone that will teach you locally, you’ll be able to catch on quicker because of the feedback and being able to go to someone to ask questions constantly.

The Best Places To Learn How To DJ Online

With the pros and cons out of the way, let’s jump right into learning how to DJ with online tutorials.

With so many sites out there, I feel there are only a couple which really pull their weight with the length and scope of the tutorials. These websites and videos are the best of the best, they’re being taught by DJs that genuinly want to teach you as a beginner DJ.

Each beginner DJ learns differently. Some of us do better with articles because we can imagine and absorb the information better through text. Others learn better through video tutorials, they need to see what’s going on in order to truly learn how to DJ.

Here are some of the best places to find DJ tutorials online.

DJ Tutor Series

I’ve mentioned this before but I think the DJ Tutor series still stands as the best example of DJ tutorials with video. Ellaskins’ puts together short and sweet videos covering many basic DJ techniques and now uses YouTube as a platform for feedback to find subjects for his new videos.

The best part about the DJ Tutor series is that Ellaskins is very active, you won’t see a huge gap between the video series because he’s always at it. If you ask him a question, he generally will take the time to make a video explaining how to do a certain DJ technique or skill.

The DJ Tutor series is, perhaps, the best place to find tutorial videos for the beginner and intermediate DJ.

DJ Tech Tools

For those DJ’s that have a real hardware fetish, DJ Tech Tools is the place for you.

Week after week there are tutorials and reviews posted with up to date information about new DJ gear and tutorials on how to use them. Ean and crew are always hard at work covering tons of subjects on the blog, giving you awesome insight and heads up on what new equipment DJs are using.

Combine the blog with an awesome collection of DJ tutorial videos and you have a great resource for any DJ. Plus, there is a very helpful forum and download section so you can ask questions and network with other DJs – you can’t beat that.

DJ Forums

The DJ Forums has been kicking for quite some time, there are thosuands of topics on the forum covering every question you’ve ever had about DJing – just don’t ask them over again (read the rules/search!).

DJ Forums highlight some of the newest gear coming out in the scene, diving deep into each to give you a very accurate review of the equipment. If you have other questions, just jump over on the forums and you’ll find active discussions about the gear and tons of other questions related to learn how to DJ and equipment in general.

The community on DJ Forums is very helpful as well. Even though you may bring up a question that has been answered a million times, they still take the time to point you in the right direction. With years of knowledge shared on the board, taking a few weeks to dig through each of the sticky posts and the older posts will get you up to speed in no time.

DJ Video Tutorials: The Best Videos To Learn How To DJ

Okay, I’ve shared with you with what I think are the top 3 sources to learn how to DJ online (well, besides BDJ but I’m working on it!), now let’s take a look at some of the video tutorials that I think every beginner DJ should watch at least one time throughout their quest to learn how to DJ.

These should get you started but remember that there are dozens of other DJ tutorial videos on YouTube and all the other video websites, just do a few searches and dig down further.

DJ Tutorial Posts: The Best Posts Around The Net

For those who enjoy reading over watching video tutiorals, here are some of the tutorials scattered across the net which I think you should definitely take a look at:

1. DJ Forums Tutorials – Dozens of great tutorials from beginner to advanced DJing.

2. All You Ever Need To Know About DJing (on DJForums)

3. How To DJ Your First Party (on Mahalo)

4. DJ Tips and Tricks – Provides a ton of articles on learning how to DJ

5. How To DJ – Plenty of short but sweet tutorials over here

6. DJ Basic Tips (and a ton more) @DJTechTools

Finding Tracks For DJing

So you’ve watched some tutorial videos and read a few posts but now you’re itching to get started. If you already have your gear, you’re pretty much set but if you’re still trying to choose the right DJ gear, I recommend checking out my post: The Beginner DJ Equipment Guide.

What you’ll need now is music. Here are a few sites where you can find tracks for your DJing:

1. Beatport
2. Juno Records
3. YouTube + Download Plugin/Program
4. Your Local Record Shop or DJs
5. Discogs – More vinyl that you can imagine

Inspiration

You’re up to speed with your equipment, music and you’ve watched/read a few tutorials on how to DJ but what post would be complete without a few inspiring examples of DJing?

Here are some mixes that I think will really get you into the idea of DJing:

1. Armin Van Buuren – A State Of Trance Mixes
2. Umek – 150+ Sets (I love this guy)
3. DJ Mixes – Tons of DJ Mixes for download

Final Thoughts

With so many places to learn how to DJ online you can easily get carried away just reading or watching instead of actually doing.

That’s what it comes down to, actually getting off your ass, away from the computer and putting these skills to the test. Get on those decks and practice, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Learning how to DJ is like any other skill, you learn over time, you don’t just fall right into it, it takes some work.

Even if you don’t plan to become some superstar DJ, the local scene is an awesome thing. Just being able to play for your friends and local parties will help build a better community in your area. If you can bring the party to the people instead of having them drive a couple hours off, you’ve won the game.

We need more music, more parties, more good vibes and good times.


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