DJing For Dummies (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 13, 2010 - Music - 424 pages
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How to start and build a successful career as a DJ-from at-home mixing to making demos to playing to a live crowd

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. For those interested in how to begin a career as a DJ, DJing For Dummies offers newcomers all the technical know-how needed as well as advice on how to create your own DJing style and how to make DJing work for you. With tips on equipment essentials, such as turntables, slipmats and needles, headphones, and amplifiers, as well as buying records, CDs, and MP3s, this practical guide takes you through the basics of mixing, song structure, building a foolproof set, creating a great demo, and what to do when you finally face a live audience.

  • Includes ten resources for expanding your skills and fan base
  • With invaluable advice on ten DJing mistakes to avoid as well as answers to DJ questions you're too afraid to ask
  • Includes updated info on the latest software and techniques, expanded content on digital DJing, and DJing over the Internet

With tips on the ten items to take with you when you get a gig, as well as how to DJ at a wedding, DJing For Dummies will help turn your fantasy into an exciting and fun, money-making career.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Part of Tens 347
4
Stepping Up to the Decks
7
Starting Up with the Bare Bones
17
Retro Chic or PC Geek? Buying Records CDs and MP3s
45
Stocking Up Your DJ Toolbox
61
Stocking Up Your DJ Toolbox 61 Chapter 5 Keeping Up with the TechRevolution
63
Getting Decked Out with Turntables
73
Grasping the Basics of Mixing
201
Picking Up on the Beat Song Structure
223
Mixing Like the Pros
235
Scratching Lyrical
253
Getting Noticed and Playing Live
275
Creating a Great Demo
293
Getting Busy With It Working as a DJ
317
Facing the Music Playing Live
329

Setting Up Turntables
90
Perfecting Your Decks Slipmats and Needles
97
Spinning with CDs
109
Bits and PCs Digital DJing
125
Stirring It Up with Mixers
145
EarSplitting Advice about Not Splitting Your Ears
163
EarSplitting Advice about Not Splitting Your Ears Headphones 163 Chapter 12 Letting Your Neighbours Know That Youre a DJ Amplifiers
173
Plugging In Turning On Setup and Connections
183
Ten Resources for Expanding Your Skills and Fan Base
349
Ten Answers to DJ Questions Youre Too Afraid to Ask
357
Reset the Pitch to Zero After Beatmatching?
363
Ten Great Influences on Me
365
Ten DJing Mistakes to Avoid
371
Ten Items to Take with You When DJing
375
Index
379
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

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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