Learning How to DJ – Beatmatching PerfectlyOn February 26, 2017 by abah guru
So you’re currently learning how to DJ and want to know how to beatmatch perfectly?
If you are serious about learning how to become a quality DJ the number one thing you need to master is how to beatmatch correctly. Beatmatching is all about getting the beat of two separate tracks running in perfect synchronization. Doing this allows you to move between tracks seamlessly, keeping the energy high and the dancefloor jumping.
The idea is to try and beatmatch any two tunes that have close to the same tempo by adjusting the variable pitch control on the deck of the tune that you are mixing in.
While learning how to DJ and in particular beatmatching it’s a great idea to write the tempo of each of your tunes down, either on the record or CD sleeve. This will help you know which tracks realistically can and can’t have their tempos matched. It will also give you a more than handy head start, you will know straight away if the tune you are about to mix in needs to be slowed down or sped up.
The tempos are expressed in BPM (beats per minute) you can work this out by manually counting how many beats you hear in 15 seconds and then multiply it by 4, giving you the beats per minute.
TIP: Most modern DJ mixers these days come with BPM counters – I would suggest you only look at these to get a general idea of a tunes tempo; ideally you will be fine tuning your beatmatching much further than those displays.
The best way to start getting the feel of beatmatching is by getting two copies of the same tune synchronized and playing in time with each other. By using two of the same tunes the tempos of both will be exactly the same, you won’t have to worry about using the variable pitch controls to precisely match the beats.
TIP:Essentially all you will need to do is drop the tune in on beat then either manually catch it up or slow it down if required, keeping them synchronised for the duration of the track.
When starting out and learning how to DJ this will help train your brain to separate both of the beats, there are no short cuts when it comes to learning how to beatmatch. The only way to achieve beatmatching perfection is through repetition and practice, lots of it!
If you don’t have two copies of the same track to mix together your next best option is to download a Free Beatmatching Genius loop – well worth checking out if you haven’t already.
Advanced Beat – Bar & Phrase Matching
Once you have put the right amount of time into your beatmatching skills, if you want to become the best DJ you can then you shouldn’t stop there, you need to start thinking about song structure and what else you need to match to have your mixes in perfect synchronization and harmony every mix.
Your goal should be to create perfect seamless mixes every mix.