Beginner DJ Tutorials – Beatmatching Tutorials & Other Tips

by Mixing Dj on May 24, 2009

in DJ Tutorials


If you are a beginner DJ you are probably looking for DJ tutorials to learn how to DJ and beatmatch. In addition to writing DJ tutorials I also want to provide you with other good sources for DJ tips and information. In this post I will share with you some good resources for a beginner DJ.

Beginner DJ Tutorials




In Depth Beatmatching Tutorial – An excellent and very detailed tutorial on how to beatmatch from Funk Fader at DJforums.com. It’s really old but the principles of beatmatching don’t change so it’s still a great resource for really understanding every aspect of how to beatmatch.

Which Turntables to Buy – If you’re trying to figure out which turntables to buy for your setup there’s some good basic advice here. I’d recommend doing more research than just this article, but it’s still worth a read. Before choosing your setup, make sure you first decide on the question of “What kind of DJ should I be?” because different kinds of DJs use different equipment.

How to Scratch – This video is basically a beginner’s guide to learning how to scratch records. A must for any DJ who wants to learn how to scratch.

DJ Tutor – This website has a variety of information about learning how to DJ for beginners and moderately experienced DJs. It’s a good one to check out if you’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for but you know that you want to learn more about DJing techniques.

How to DJ: A Mixing Tutorial – This description is taken directly from the site: “A basic tutorial for the beginner DJ which covers the fundamental concepts behind mixing two records on a pair of turntables.”

Learn to DJ with Final Scratch – A detailed guide about how to DJ with Final Scratch. Final Scratch is an audio interface from Traktor that lets you play MP3s from your computer through your regular turntables. It uses special records and custom software to deliver pretty good performance. This type of DJing has been getting more and more popular over the past few years, though Serato Scratch Live is a more popular audio interface and used by more professional DJs.

There you have it, a few tutorials from other websites. Don’t forget to keep coming back here for more tutorials and links to resources!

And please leave a comment if you found this helpful or if you just want to say anything at all.

-Mixing DJ

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Mike June 29, 2009 at 7:40 pm

You know, for a guy that runs a tea reviews website, you would think that I would have no interest in djing. You’d probably be right in almost every case, but not this one. My partner, Dax Miller, is a dj himself. Who would have known?
.-= Mike´s last blog ..Trader Joe’s Mango Black Tea – It Is That Good =-.

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George Serradinho July 27, 2009 at 6:17 am

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George Serradinho August 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm

I see you have installed the ‘Subscribe to Comments’ plugin, thanks for visiting my site.
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Muxxex November 20, 2009 at 8:00 pm

DJ Tutor is a really big help for anyone looking to learn how to begin DJing.

He has a ton of videos on every different kind of tricks, I definitely recommend checking out his videos.
.-= Muxxex´s last blog ..The Types of DJs =-.

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Bar and Night Club Enthusiast December 21, 2009 at 3:29 am

Great blog!!!!! Stumbled across it by accident but lucky I did…

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admin January 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Sorry everyone for the late reply, I meant to get around to it sooner.

@Mike – I wouldn’t have expected you to be interested in DJing. Can you believe I’m interested in tea?
@George – Thank you for the tip, as you can see I implemented it right away!
@Muxxex – Yes, DJ Tutor has a ton of great resources. That’s why I thought it would be good to show his site to my visitors by putting it on the list in this post.

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gochi January 8, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Great Post! Thanks for the “How to scratch tutorial.” This will be a great beginning of my DJing, I’m so desperate to learn.

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Crispy Beats January 14, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I’m a DJ, but do you think DJing (as we know it) is a dying art? I mean Technics have stopped producing the 1210 turntable, and vinyl is getting more and more rare.

The new generation are into Traktor and Ableton Live and I love these products, but unfortunately it takes away from the skill of beatmatching.

It’s sad, but true.

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college sweatshirts January 19, 2010 at 7:19 pm

This is cool! If there is one thing that I want to learn and bet my hands on this year is scratching. I have seen DJ ladies and I am really impressed how they do it with ease and passion. For others, it may look a bit easy because they are just doin’ some scratches and stuff. But as for me and other DJ wannabee’s out there, this really takes determination and passion in order to become a certified DJ! Thanks for this buddy!

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admin January 25, 2010 at 9:58 pm

@Crispy Beats – That’s an interesting point but I really don’t think DJing is a dying art. It’s definitely evolving though, with all the new technology that makes it easier for people to master DJing. Still, it’s not necessarily taking away from the skill but rather it’s increasing the amount of flexibility and creativity a good DJ can have. And that raises the bar for DJs because it takes a lot more skills now to be significantly better than all the other DJs out there.

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Chris June 11, 2010 at 3:25 am

nice tutorials, though you might want to do a write-up on scratching to go along with the youtube video

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Underground Hip-Hop Blog July 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I just wanted to drop a quick note of encouragement and tell you that what you are doing is greatly appreciated. I’m an old school hip-hop head and I can’t imagine hip-hop without the ongoing contributions of so many dope DJs. Your tutorials will help keep the art alive for the next generation. Thanks!
.-= Underground Hip-Hop Blog´s last blog ..Ab-Soul – Long Term 2- Lifestyles of the Broke and Almost Famous Mixtape =-.

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Boys Mountain Bikes July 30, 2010 at 9:09 am

I think everybody at some point wants to become a DJ. I mean, its the urge to entertain. For me its the urge to let people listen to the sort of music I like. I love it!

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Music Facts August 22, 2010 at 9:34 pm

I agree, if you create this tutorial in video. 🙂

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panther September 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm

My son has taken to being a helper to a local DJ he met at a dance. Seems they hit it off and now he helps with the equipment before and after. Long hours, though.

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Dj Coza Es'koleni May 16, 2011 at 12:46 am

Just lovin’ da tips

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Surya Khan August 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I wanted to be a DJ and that is exactly What I was looking for.
Thanks,

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techno minimale January 31, 2012 at 8:40 am

Thanks for all that tips and link that is exactly what i was looking for. And you nice webstite.

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