July 10, 2018

Learn to DJ online

Can I learn to DJ online? This question came in and had me thinking about it for a fair amount of time. There are countless courses available online where you can learn a vast array of different skills. One of my friends managed to learn how to do the leading on his new property extension just by watching a video on YouTube so surely learning to DJ must be possible too!

In this day and age of instant information is there anything that cannot be learned online, either in video format or by downloading a free pdf? Being able to learn to DJ which is a skill that can be learned must therefore be no different but there are a few things to understand.

Watching isn’t doing

I have had a look around and there are obviously videos on YouTube as well as online courses which tell you what to do and how to do it. I have found courses on large sites like udemy.com which will teach you how to use different equipment and many DJ’s also sell their own online courses too. Watching someone doing something however does not mean that you can do it too. In order to be able to learn to DJ online I think that you will need a couple of things to assist you in your online quest.

You will need some equipment consisting of

  • Turntables
  • Mixer
  • Headphones

In order to DJ the above would be the usual equipment but it would also be possible to use a DJ controller. If you need help deciding which route you should go down you can read Turntables vs DJ Controller There are also a few apps that you can download and install on tablets which are significantly cheaper and emulate the experience of being a DJ. These however are not always easy to use and I can’t currently recommend them. If you are going to do something then you might as well do it right. So make sure that this is absolutely something you are going to put a lot of time, money and effort into before beginning your journey.

Learn to DJ online

No matter what knowledge you get from a course or from a tutor in the end it will come down to practice. You need to be able to test out what you have seen and apply that to your practice. By putting into practice what you have seen it will reinforce your skills. When I was first starting to learn there were no online courses to watch and even fewer websites to browse, I learned the old fashioned way. Constantly messing up over and over again for hours on end.

One thing that did help me was buying pre-mixed albums to listen to. As I had so many I would look through them and find all the songs that occurred more than once across all my albums. Then I would buy all of the tracks so that I could recreate those mixes myself. I knew that the tracks would work well together because professional DJ’s had mixed the albums. Look through your music collection for any albums mixed by your favourite DJ’s and use that as your practice play list.

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Charles Duance

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