The bestselling guide to spinning and scratching is back! If you've ever spent hours in your bedroom with two turntables and an earful of tracks that sound off-beat or out of key, DJing For Dummies is the go-to guide for taking your skills to the next level. Inside, John Steventon, a successful club DJ, walks you through the basics of mixing, the techniques and tricks you need to create your own DJ style and how to make DJing work for you. Covering both digital and old-school vinyl-based instruction, this guide covers all the latest DJ technology, equipment and software so you can get mixing and stay one step ahead of the crowd. Brimming with expert advice and easy-to-follow explanations, the information in DJing For Dummies gives you everything you need to build a foolproof set and play to a live crowd.
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From novice to nightclub -- without the nightmares. Whether you're a bedroom DJ looking to improve, or an accomplished amateur making the transition to playing live, DJing For Dummies has the accessible information you need. From what to buy and what not to buy , mastering the beat, and reading a crowd, to all the tricks, techniques, and flourishes of a pro DJ, you'll be From novice to nightclub -- without the nightmares. From what to buy and what not to buy , mastering the beat, and reading a crowd, to all the tricks, techniques, and flourishes of a pro DJ, you'll be turning noise into notoriety in no time.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published February 1st by For Dummies first published December 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about DJing for Dummies , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of DJing for Dummies. I have been mixing on an iPad for a year and have mastered beat matching on various apps.
I like techno and trance. This book is very comprehensive, so much so that it has inspired me to buy a controller and to learn how to scratch.
I never thought in the least that I would be interested in or able to scratch. This book makes you a very keen DJ indeed! I highly recommend this amazing book to any aspiring DJ! A good book with a lot of information and good information. May 19, Warren Gossett rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this book about the spirit and the mechanics of DJing.
It is a fast and useful read. I don't plan to be a professional DJ but I wanted to know something about how it works. I have started loving electronic music the past two years. The author writes from his perspective as a house and trance music DJ in the UK, although of course he is flexible in other genres as well.
He suggests that beatmatching has the purpose of keeping a constant pounding bass beat for clubbers to dance to and to I enjoyed this book about the spirit and the mechanics of DJing. He suggests that beatmatching has the purpose of keeping a constant pounding bass beat for clubbers to dance to and to play the music at a pace that matches the speed of the clubbers' beating hearts.
This is helpful for house and trance music but not needed in rock music DJing, which has a wider variety of beat tempos, or in party and wedding DJing where people want a variety of hits or old favourites.
I suppose that beatmatching is also not needed when I am playing just for myself at home. I know what is coming and change moment to moment what I want and the tempo I want.
I would also guess that beatmatching will become less necessary even in clubs because people are getting more used to the irregular beats of EDM and electronic music. As for DJ's beatmatching the speed of the heartbeats in a crowd, I say let all the hearts have unique speeds and moods and still be enjoyable to each other.
Dancers, like people in general, can communicate. They can synchronise and harmonise but not "identicalise". We can use our skill and enthusiasm to dance our own transitions between tunes of differing beats, tempos and structures without relying only on the DJ's transition mix.
May 02, Marc rated it liked it. While I have very little experience when it comes to DJing, it's always something that I wanted to learn so of course, I bought a 'Dummies' book. In the beginning, I really got into DJing for Dummies. I understood things even if I had no experience with it, and thought every thing was simple.
Suddenly, it lost me. I'm not quite sure where or when I got lost, but it was for a huge part in the middle. It might be my own fault. I don't quite understand all the technical aspects when it comes to audi While I have very little experience when it comes to DJing, it's always something that I wanted to learn so of course, I bought a 'Dummies' book.
I don't quite understand all the technical aspects when it comes to audio. I want to learn to DJ as a hobby, for myself, and maybe for family and friends, but nothing more. I was reading, but didn't quite get it. Instead of being for dummies, it felt like it was for more technical people.
I do believe that it might not be as bad to people with more DJing or audio experience. There was a little quirk that bothered me. I read the 2nd edition so I'm not sure when this was first written.
But Recess kept referring to mini-discs and that seemed outdated. Even referring to CDs seemed a bit outdated, but at least I understand those possibly being used today. When I finally decide to give this hobby a go, I'm sure I'll re-read sections of this book. Hopefully, with a little more hands on, I'll understand it. Feb 22, Joshua Piorier rated it it was amazing.
DJ Dummies! Take your time with this book, do not read it in one sitting. You can definitely learn with this book but in my opinion there are some parts that would require you to do further research to understand some of the contents better and then return to the book. Don't give up and keep at it!
This book touches on every concept of DJ'ing so this seems to be more of a guide that you can continue to return to until you have you techniques down.
Download "Audacity" because it's free and a very good tool to use while you learn and progress. The book also has a great amount of websites to check out too, don't pass these up. I would definitely recommend for aspiring DJ's and good luck!
Mar 26, Crystal rated it really liked it. Apr 11, Kurtzprzezce rated it liked it Shelves: music , handbooks. Though I know it has "for Dummies" in the title, I found parts of it a little bit redundant. Besides that, quite useful. Gabriel Becerra Dingler rated it liked it Dec 12, David rated it really liked it Feb 15, Bharath Goud rated it really liked it Oct 09, Tiger rated it it was amazing Nov 11, Dan rated it really liked it Feb 04, Rob rated it liked it Aug 26, Mike rated it really liked it Mar 27, Rene Ruiz rated it really liked it Jan 23, Ross rated it liked it Sep 17, Emmanuela rated it liked it Jul 24, Matt rated it really liked it Oct 14,
DJing for Dummies
You are currently using the site but have requested a page in the site. Would you like to change to the site? John Steventon. Whether it's a digital or vinyl track of "Proud Mary," a DJ sets the mood, amps up the excitement, and gets a crowd of revelers rockin'. Often an outsized personality, blessed with a gorgeous voice and an encyclopedic knowledge of music, a DJ is this era's new pop star.
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DJing for dummies / by John Steventon.