Turntablism DJ Course
Learn to manipulate sounds and create unique mixes in our Turntablism DJ course. This course is designed for both beginners and those who have played around a bit at home, looking to learn effective scratching and beat juggling techniques. During this split-level course, you will learn to scratch and beat juggle, regardless of genre, on the latest equipment. Our Turntablism DJ course only fits up to four people, to ensure maximum playing time for each student, so sign up now!
Those who pass an evaluation at the end of level 201, and are up for the challenge, will get a chance to play during our club night. Every single student who has taken the course in LA has gone on to perform in the club, and we are looking forward to seeing what our NY crew can do!
Having comprehensive genre-specific DJ courses means learning in a like-minded environment with an instructor who is able to impart real-world experience during your class.
For students coming to NYC from out of town to take the course, please keep in mind that our club night is not always scheduled immediately following the course end date. If you are unable to make your scheduled club night, we can still include you in a future lineup!
Introduction & configuration
- Correct hand placement and record control
- Setting weights/height/anti-skipping on tonearm (turntables) & setting marks
- Setting jog adjust on CDJs
- Setting the latency on a controller
- What you would need to configure a portable turntable
- Faderless Scratches: Baby, Drag, Scribble
Scratching with the fader
- Proper fader technique
- Basic fader scratches: stab, military, transform
- Creating scratch combos
- Effective practice habits
Advanced scratches and techniques
- Open-fader & advanced scratches: chirps, triplets, flares, crab
- Scratching words, phrases, & acapellas
- Scratching with FX
Introduction to beat juggling and incorporating turntablism into the mix
- Introduction to beat juggling: 2 & 1-bar backspins
- Combining scratching and beat juggling
- Using scratching as a transition tool
Advanced beat juggling techniques and putting it all together
- 1/2 & 1/4-bar backspins
- Scratch drumming
- Practicing in a group setting/working as a team (carousel scratches and juggling)
Building and performing your routine
- Advanced beat juggling patterns – chasing, double & triple ups, and ghost juggling
- Incorporating body tricks
- Building a jaw-dropping set incorporating turntablism
Preparing for your show
- Preparing your set
- Recording your set
- Marketing and promoting your gig
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