10 Reasons Why You Should Still Know How to Beatmatch By Ear

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Here inside our DJ lab, we teach on vinyl and turntables for a reason. Not only is it to establish tradition or teach people how to scratch (still an amazing skill!).

Most importantly, it’s to get our graduated DJs used to mixing by ear, which really officially makes you a proper “DJ.”

PassionateDJ.com knows of what we speak. In their post, they name 10 distinct reasons you should know how to beatmatch by ear. For example, #4:

It allows you to mix to, from, or with other DJs.

If you are reliant on one particular setup and the ability to sync your tracks, you might as well throw out the idea of an impromptu tag-team set with a fellow DJ. While it’s true that there are ways to electronically sync multiple DJ setups, it adds unnecessary complication, doesn’t always work, and doesn’t allow for you to play alongside a vinyl DJ. It’s much easier (and more fun) to be able to just mix back and forth and not worry about what media formats are being used.

Here’s our instructor DJ Rugged One with a quick tutorial:

Click on through to see the rest of these thoughtful concepts plus more (like a scene from the Karate Kid)!

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Fundamental Scratch Techniques [11/13]

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Simply put, scratching is the art of manipulating the playback of a record. It first began in the mid 1970’s and has become a huge part of hip-hop, as well as other genre’s of music.

The turntable was not invented as an instrument, people made it into one.

Instructor Schuyler Stevens will teach students fundamental scratch techniques to build a foundation for improvising, creating, and performing a scratch routine. These scratch techniques include:

Open fader: Baby scratch, drag, scribble
Closed fader: Stab, chirp

Schuyler Stevens started out in Burlington Vermont learning how to DJ and make music when he was 15. He got his own pair of turntables and inherited a small portion of his parents record collection and was off at light speed, challenging himself and pushing his own limits ever since. Schuyler moved to Boston and attended The New England Institute of Art when he was 18 to continue his pursuit for more knowledge. Since going to school, Stevens has been gigging as a DJ/turntablist in the local Boston scene as well as in Brooklyn, NY. He has also been tracking and producing songs for multiple MCs around Boston. His music draws inspiration from old records, and mixes sounds of vintage samples with modern day synthesis, recording, and processing techniques.

Schuyler believes that you can never stop learning, there will always be somebody who can show you something you never thought was possible, and in turn inspire you to push your own boundaries beyond what you imagined you could do.

It is an ongoing loop perpetuated by people of like minds all striving for the same musical bliss, but in their own unique ways. In the world of music, anything and everything is possible.

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How to Beatmatch with DJ Rugged One

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MMMMAVEN’s DJ Program instructor DJ Rugged One teaches how to beat match records by ear. While he is demonstrating using Serato and control vinyl in this particular tutorial, the same method applies when mixing vinyl records.

Rugged One, (an ardent Dallas Cowboy fan, fwiw!) still finds the time to teach our weekend courses.

Want to learn from the award-winning scratchmaster? That’s easy. Just email me and we’ll get started.

How To Do The Transformer Scratch with DJ Rugged One

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MMMMAVEN instructor DJ Rugged One demonstrates how to do the “Transformer” scratch. MMMMAVEN school of electronic music offers comprehensive hands on programs designed to teach basic and intermediate DJing skills. First lesson is free! Call us today at 617-849-9321 to set up an appointment, viagra sale or email Sarah by clicking here.

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Video recorded and edited for MMMMAVEN by Xiaolu Liu.