Learning to DJ can be a challenging, frustrating and long process. It’s worth it in the end though, because there’s nothing like getting lost in the mix for hours at a time, and eventually getting paid for it! Today we’re going to be taking a look at the difference between online DJ mixing tutorials and real life lessons from a professional DJ tutor or teacher.
Real Life Lessons
Some people will offer to teach you how to be a DJ in return for money. This often takes place at their home or studio space – where they’ll have decks, studio monitors and a wide selection of music for you to practice on. And you can always bring your own CD’s or USB sticks as well! These types of lessons are often charged by the hour.
While you get the benefits of real life interaction and mixing from a dedicated professional, there are some downsides to this. The first is that you’ll have to travel to where the lesson is – eating into an already busy schedule. Another is that you only have the hour or two with the teacher, and then it’s away you go to your own devices! And most DJ teachers aren’t going to offer an after-hours call service for those times you get stuck at 1 AM in the middle of one of your first mixes!
Finally, this can be quite an expensive option in the long run – as you’re paying by the hour for as many lessons as it takes for you to master the basics.
Now let’s compare this option to online DJ mixing tutorials.
Online DJ Mixing Tutorials
Online lessons are a great way to learn. To start with – they’ll help any new DJ to understand the basics of mixing, such as song structure and phrasing, cueing tracks and keeping tracks in time (also known as beatmatching or beatmixing).
The advantage of online DJ lessons is that you can start and stop them at any time. You’re not limited to certain times of the day or week. For example, you can do a lesson in the morning before work, and then another as you get home. And if you do get stuck at 1am, like we mentioned above – you can just pop open your computer and access what you need to know!
You can also repeat the same lesson time and time again until you’ve mastered it!
There’s no need to worry about moving onto the next step too quickly!
Ultimately the choice is yours – we’ve just hoped to provide some information on each of these options.