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Mix, beatmatch and scratch your way to DJing glory

Whether you're a professional DJ spinning vinyl for a living or you're starting out with a pair of turntables in yourbedroom, this revamped edition of DJing For Dummies is your key to success. With the insider scoop on the art of DJing and top techniques on spinning the decks like a pro, you'll be burning through tracks in no time. The expert advice on choosing between CDs, MP3s and vinyl and the latest info on the best editing software will help you master the art of DJing ?— without skipping a beat!

  • Get decked out — discover the best equipment for your needs

  • Pinpoint precision — pick up tips on how to maintain your needles and slipmats to keep your decks spinning

  • Into the mix — from scratching to beatmatching, learn the techniques used through all levels of DJing

  • Let's get digital — gen up on the latest digital know-how, equipment and software

  • Break the boundaries — step out of the box and discover how to mix non-dance music

Open the book and find:

  • The latest on digital DJing

  • How to choose the best equipment for you

  • How to mix tracks seamlessly

  • New ways to incorporate CDs and MP3s into your repertoire

  • Updated advice on playing a flawless set

  • How to get yourself hired as a DJ

  • Ways to make a great demo tape

  • Advice on putting together the ultimate record collection

  • The essential list of DJ must-haves

Learn to:

  • Get to grips with the basics or improve your existing techniques

  • Choose from the latest DJing gadgets and technology

  • Create your own personal DJing style

  • Crossfade, scratch and beatmatch like a pro

About the Author

John Steventon is a successful club DJ who also runs the DJing website Recess.co.uk. This site has grown over the years both in size and reputation to become one of the foremost online resources for learning how to DJ.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (September 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470663723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470663721
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dehls on September 11, 2011
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Picked this up after buying a Traktor Kontrol S4 and reading tutorials all over the 'net. Lots of good information, and lots of time devoted to beatmatching...but honestly, if you do any amount of searching on the internet for tutorials, 99% of what's here is out there, often with a video showing the actual techniques as they are explained.

If you have any kind of technical savvy/ability to filter out good information from the bad, I can't really recommend picking this up. Search Google and Youtube instead for more advice, and advice specific to the kind of DJ you want to be.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heyden on August 16, 2012
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From a beginner stand point, the book really breaks it down for you as easy as possible. I'm enjoying the book so far. Not bad
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Esteban on December 12, 2011
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My grandson is starting to do some DJ mixes and so (after he checked it out online) bought it for him to help him increase his skills as he continues to DJ. He loves it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vadim Lukyanovsky on November 8, 2014
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In general this book will benefit the novice and pro alike. There are many detailed explanations on all facets of DJing that does not compare to any book I had read so far. It would be nice if the book had more illustrations, however like the author mentioned, you can obtain that explicitly by combining the knowledge from the book with videos located on the subject in question on YouTube.com.

Good job.

DJ Vadka.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luis Rodriguez on October 14, 2013
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I'm starting as a lap top DJ with my Mixtrack Pro II so most of the stuff in this book is for the vinyl DJ. Don't get me wrong I have learned quite a bit from this and from other sources but if digital DJ is all you are looking for I advice to go and look around for other sources.

Great book other than that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eau VINE VOICE on March 2, 2015
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The DJing for Dummies book is a practical resource and go-to guide for DJing. It covers the basics of DJing including basic equipment, format choices, mixing, beats/song structure and scratching techniques. The bulk of the book is devoted to the setting up the right DJ toolbox and the art of mixing. Both analog and digital formats and platforms are covered extensively, including turntables, CD decks and digital DJ software. The Book also touches on DJ accessories such as headphones, mixers and amplifiers as well as how to setup and connect the equipment. The next big part of the book introduces readers to the art of mixing, from finding the first beat of a tune to tempo matching. It also offers practical advices and how-to on mixing like professional DJ, as well as moving onto the big stage in a career path.

There are not many thoughtful and useful books on DJing. What I like about this book is that it is well written in a style that is easy to follow. It contains both technical know-how and practical how-to for all levels, and is suitable for the beginners as well as the pros. It's a must-have guide if you're interested in DJing as a hobby or exploring a professional career path in the field.
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This book offers a complete introduction to DJing, covering aspects from building a set-up to using your set-up to creating a demo to standing out in a performance setting. In keeping with the "For DUMMIES" brand, it offers to do so in a way that makes sense for complete neophytes - no background knowledge needed.

Completely to my surprise, I am a beginner DJ. Always a vocal fan of DJs, I was pleasantly shocked to receive at Christmas a Numark iDJ Pro Professional DJ Controller for iPad, which comes with some amazing features but, alas, doesn't come with skill. Nor, at least in the case of mine, a manual. People, this thing is pretty much a musical instrument. Loving piano doesn't make you a pianist. You can plunk. You can pick out tunes. But you're not Van Cliburn, and if you aspire to be Van Cliburn, your noodling is just going to disappoint.

Maybe somewhere you can sign up for DJ lessons, but so far as I know you can't do it around here. This book's promise to "DJ like a pro-without skipping a beat" was too much to resist.

What I found was a very comprehensive guide that doesn't quite bring me to "like a pro" levels, in part because it is so comprehensive and in part because nothing can (more on that in a minute). For the truly aspiring professional DJ starting from nothing, this thing could be gold. 395 pages long (sans index), it very thoroughly explains what your options are in DJing and how to become the DJ of your dreams.
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The author runs a well-known resource site for DJs and those interested in becoming one. Steventon's been at the game for close to 20 years, has seen the technology evolve - and re-emerge in retrospect - so he brings a wealth of knowledge and still sounds passionate about his profession.

The book is surprisingly practical and level-headed. It's not all about Ibiza clubs and jetting the world laptop in hand. It's refreshingly clear of hype and celebrity name-dropping. Steventon pays equal respect to those DJs working weddings and small parties and those who may still be learning their craft in the comfort of home - although he makes clear his first real buzz about DJ'ing happened while watching a crowd respond to music in a club.

Personally I'm more interesting in the DJ mindset and thought process as a musician/producer and I found the chapters on beat matching and mixing something musicians can learn a thing from and find worthy of their time. After all, synchronizing separate pieces of music is not far removed from synchronizing individual sections or movements within one piece. I was surprised and impressed by the attention to sonic detail - it not all 'crank the bass and hope for the best'.

The equipment chapters interested me far less although it was fun to learn about a number of features on DJ-oriented CD-players and turntables I never would have considered before.

While this one had the potential to be one of those 'For Dummies' joke punch lines, like many of their books, 'DJing for Dummies' turns out to be a serious, well-written guide that will appeal to a wide range of readers and experience levels.
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