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Last Minute Productions

DJ beginner 10 week super course

When

Thursdays, 6pm to 8pm Thursday 7 September to Thursday 2 November

What you'll learn in the free 10 week course

Week 1:

  • Introduction - course overview - learning outcomes / dream & aspirations

  • Brief history of DJing & electronic music – from reggae to hip hop, house, EDM, trap & drill

  • Equipment overview – from turntables to CDJs & controllers – different software options

  • P.A. set up – signal flow – jargon – troubleshooting

  • Intro to your equipment – basic features of DJ controller – loading tracks

  • Intro to Serato DJ – file types & management – sourcing your music

  • Cueing a track – how to locate the first β€˜cue point’ – practice time & questions

  • Homework: use tracks supplied, set the first cue point

Week 2:

  • Basic beat matching techniques – cue points – jog wheel – learning to listen

  • How to correct out of sync tracks – how to read waves forms

  • Beat matching with 2 copies of the same instrumental – practice time

  • Your first beat mix transition – using volume faders / monitors / headphones

  • Serato DJ – file management on your HD – importing & analyzing files

Week 3:

  • Setting BpM – beat matching using pitch tempo slider

  • Jog wheel modes & techniques – practise time & feedback

  • Intro to music structure – beats/bars/intro/outro – different genres of music

  • Serato DJ – setting hot cue points – how to use the performance pads

Week 4:

  • Beat mix transitions using intro & outro markers – practise time & feedback

  • Finetune your beat matching/mixing/cueing – troubleshooting

  • Sourcing your music – file types (MP3/WAV/AAC/etc) – sample/bit rate – dos & don’ts

  • Planning a set – concept – dynamics

  • Serato DJ – organizing your music – crates/sub-crates/track info

Week 5:

  • Enhancing your performance with EQ mixing/bass transitions

  • Serato DJ – how/when to use internal mode – FX basics

  • Start building your set – practise time & feedback

Week 6

  • Working with different genres of music / different styles of Djing

  • Intro to scratching & other turntable techniques

  • Build your 20min set – practise time & feedback

Week 7

  • Review your recorded set & give feedback

  • Serato DJ – advanced features – β€˜setup’ tab – FX

  • Music industry intro – roles (artist/manager/agent/booker/etc) – professional conduct

  • Business admin basics – invoicing – tax

  • Rehearse your 20min set – practise time & feedback

Week 8

  • Review your recorded set & give feedback

  • Copyright basics – composition vs master rights – licenses (APRA)

  • How to create your own live remix/mash-up

  • Rehearse your 20 minute set – practise time & feedback

Week 9

  • Marketing for DJs – β€˜you are your brand’ – free/paid platforms – social media

  • Prep for week 10 – performance tips and hacks

  • One on one practical – 20min set run through – fine tuning

Week 10

  • Live performance at external venue - your time to shine

Contact event organiser

Last Minute Productions

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