Basic Music Theory for DJs: How to Count Phrases & Identify the "One"

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Hey guys! In this video, I explain basic song structure; what a phrase actually is, how to count a group of phrases, what to listen for, and how to easily identify the "one" in each phrase.

If you wanna learn more, check out the full course: "THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO DJ BASICS WITH A SERATO CONTROLLER":



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In this video course, world-renowned DJ Shortee teaches you all the essential basics that you need to know when you are first learning how to DJ using a Serato DJ controller. The Numark NVII is featured; however this course is structured so that you can easily learn using any Serato controller.

Shortee shows you how to handle the platters, various ways to cue up your songs, three different ways to listen using your headphones, how to identify the beat, and how to tune your ears to be able to isolate the drum sounds within your music. She explains basic music theory; note values; how to count beats, bars, and phrases in 4/4 time; and how to identify the "one."

You will discover various ways of counting the beats per minute (bpm) of your music and why it's so important to know the tempos of all your songs. She teaches you the two most important scratches for DJing manually with the platters, how to combine them with each other as well as with the crossfader, and various ways to drop your songs in on the "one."

To finish things off strong, you will learn how to perform a basic transition between two songs with the same bpm, using the crossfader to blend them together.

"The Complete Guide to DJ Basics with a Serato Controller" is an excellent course for beginners without any DJ experience as well as intermediate or advanced DJs who are transitioning from another gear setup and learning how to DJ on a Serato controller for the first time. Every lesson is taught in a clear and concise way that is easy for anyone to understand. The skills you will learn in this course will set you up perfectly for the next course: "The Complete Guide to Beginner DJ Mixing with a Serato Controller," in which Shortee teaches beatmatching and beginner mixing. This information-packed course is part of the Serato Controller Series of Shortee's Complete DJ Method. It works seamlessly in conjunction with her DJ Gear course "The Complete DJ Gear Guide to a Serato Controller: Numark NV and NVII" and is essential for building a strong foundation to take your skills to the next level.


The Ultimate Guide To Becoming A Well-Rounded DJ

Shortee’s Complete DJ Method is created for all skill levels and taught on a wide range of industry standard DJ gear. Whether you want to learn on turntables, CDJs, mixers, controllers, or software, each lesson plan is arranged in an organized, easy-to-follow series of courses that cover everything from the essential basics to the most advanced skills.


With over twenty years of professional experience as a multi-genre DJ, turntablist, music producer, author, and DJ instructor, DJ Shortee brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to the classroom. She has taught for the Grammy Foundation, Dubspot, Scratch DJ Academy, Serato, Rane, Turntable U, SAE Institute, and more. Her name has become synonymous with the world of DJ instructional products, and she is respected worldwide for her talent as both an accomplished performer and a gifted teacher.

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