“How To Digital DJ Fast” is a course developed by an experienced DJ Phil Morse, which is designed to get DJs learning and getting gigs much faster than they would do otherwise.
Phil Morse is the publisher and owner of the successful DJ website “DigitalDJTips.com” which now attracts thousands of daily DJ readers with its articulate articles, raving reviews and insightful advice, not to mention the fascinating forums, when any aspiring or experienced DJ can pick up countless useful tips and tricks.
Given the early success of the website and blog, it was only a matter of time before Phil made a video tutorial course to help DJs to learn how to DJ much faster than they would trawling through the web reading articles and watching free tutorials.
How To Digital DJ Fast – What It Does In A Nutshell
As a reviewer of the course before its release I was fortunate enough to watch and learn from it myself and give an honest and neutral opinion on it.
I have known Phil for a while and I’m happy to contribute my best articles to his DigitalDJTips.com blog on a regular basis.
Reviewing his DJ course is especially interesting for me. Phil shares some excellent techniques on how to mix and the advanced techniques (towards the end of the course) were especially useful for sharpening my own mixing techniques.
Both beginners and even experienced DJs can learn and benefit from what is provided in this course.
“How To Digital DJ Fast” is a series of 10 videos where Phil introduces us to digital DJing, shows us the different types of equipment, explains which DJ gear suits us as DJs, reveals hot tips on finding and organising our music and teaches us many different mixing techniques.
Each video lasts between 10 minutes and 45 minutes and consists of well-presented and clear video demonstrations complete with detailed explanations from Phil Morse himself on the topics that are presented.
To break it down for DJs considering this course, I review each video of the course for you below.
How To Digital DJ Fast – Chapter By Chapter
Chapter 1 – Intro To Digital DJing
Phil introduces himself and talks about the highlights of his DJ career and how he moved from vinyl to digital technology and why.
You find out here why Phil is perhaps the best guy around to teaching you how to digital DJ fast. Phil was reviewing DJ controllers before any DJ even knew about them and has vast experience.
Phil walks us through the different types of digital DJing and the 3 setups that we can choose between, explaining the advantages of each one.
Chapter 2 – Digital DJ Gear
For beginners out there and those DJs converting from Cd and vinyl, choosing the correct digital gear can be a headache.
Phil helps us out by explaining the purposes of all types of digital gear, the type of laptop we’ll need and how prices can vary.
We get the lowdown on the best mixing software for DJs and we learn about sound outputs on controllers. Phil runs us through some entry level controllers for beginners to learn on.
Chapter 3 – All About DJ Music
I especially enjoyed this chapter as I have personally had issues sifting through the masses of music that come my way these days.
Phil tells us what kind of music we should be choosing for playing to people and what will make you stand out from other DJs and get better gigs.
We learn the best places to find DJ music for the lowest prices on the internet. We learn valuable info for finding the best tracks that no other DJs in your town can find, how to remember those hot tunes and how to organise them fast.
Sifting through mountains of music is hard these days and as your track selection is more important than anything else, you’ll benefit enormously from the gems of advice here that you can’t get elsewhere.
Chapter 4 – Playing Your DJ Controller
For both DJs who are starting out and those who are getting used to digital DJing, this is a great introduction to setting up your controller.
We learn about the controls, what they are used for and the basics of playing your first track. This video on its own can help learning DJs set up and understand their controller in far less time than they would do otherwise.
I met a DJ once who had been playing for months and didn’t know how to work his Xponent controller properly at all. I haven’t seen him play for a while.
Chapter 5 – Your First Mix
Here, you learn all about the basics of cueing, lining up tracks and using headphones to monitor incoming tracks. This video is essential learning for getting to grips with the basic notions of mixing and what is to follow.
Chapter 6 – Beat Matching
Why should you learn to beat match? Don’t these controllers do it for you?
A huge mistake young DJs make these days is that they neglect to learn to beat match. This results in occasional embarrassing train crash mixes and no more gigs.
Phil explains what tracks you can and can’t beat match, and shows you the technique for wiring your ears to detect tracks that are faster or slower and how to get them running at the same speed for a smooth mix.
Chapter 7 – Beat Matching 2
We learn about perfecting the mix, using the BPM display and tempo to improve mix quality and even how the sync function on controllers can help us out. We learn when and when not to use the sync button and more about functions which can improve mixing skills.
Chapter 8 – Beat Matching 3
The tutorial helps you to sharpen your mixing skills which is useful for mixing tracks that are tough to transition and those that change in tempo. I find that mixing is hard when I’m tired or half-way through a long set, which is where these techniques help out.
We learn all about beats and bars for mixing, musical patterns, lining up blocks of beats and measuring bars. Real DJs who want to make excellent mixes will especially benefit from these techniques.
Chapter 9 – Six Classic Mixes
For DJs like me who have experience, this is the most beneficial chapter together with chapter 3. Phil shares us his secret 6 mixing techniques guaranteed to get you through any tough track transition.
Often during sets, we’ll be confronted with an unexpected tough transition: a track that ends suddenly, that has an unusual break, and tracks that are different in key.
Selecting the right tunes for the moment can be challenging and sometimes we need to follow up with a special tune that would go down perfectly well with the crowd. These 6 techniques help you have a wider track selection and enable you to choose different tracks rather than be stuck with only those that are “easy to mix”.
Advanced mixing techniques are what DJs will need to learn to add spice to their mixes. Phil teaches us about seamless looping and when to use it. I use this function very often to help mixing and to add some new shape to mixes, but Phil goes into more detail.
We also find out about setting permanent cue points and how using them in the right way can add originality and flavour to your set.
Phil wraps up with a conclusion on how you should use this to make your mixes better and how to get out playing in less time.
Conclusion – How To Digital DJ Fast
From the point of view of a beginner or a DJ looking to transition to digital DJing, this course is a refreshingly clear and well-presented learning programme that is easy to follow and understand.
We could compare taking this course to having a personal DJ trainer or tutor: an experienced successful DJ and mentor is there on the screen, almost looking over our shoulders as we learn to mix.
The videos are very professionally shot and performed and Phil’s explanations and tutorials are easy to follow.
A video course is preferable to an ebook or pdf and helps us to learn faster.
For DJs looking to get off the ground and up and running faster, Phil’s course is an solid, value-for-money tutorial which will definitely help you get gigs in far less time.
What Could Be Better?
This video series cannot help you choose your tracks for a crowd. It can show you the way and explain the best practices of making and playing your track selection but only you can know what tracks are the best for those in front of you.
You can definitely become a DJ in less time thanks to the techniques Phil shares with us, although when it comes to getting gigs you’ll need to be proactive about it yourself. Remember, no matter how good a DJ you are in your bedroom, you’re not playing until there are people in front of you.
Is It Worth It?
I can recommend this course for both beginners and those converting to digital DJing.
You will spend some money on it, but think of it as an investment. Consider that the price is far less than what you’ll pay taking DJ lessons and is just as useful.
More importantly, your first paid gig should pay you as much as the price of this learning course. When you think of it that way, it’s quite an easy decision.
You learn how to be a DJ, you get your first gig and you earn what this course cost your back at your first gig.
If I was a DJ starting out or converting to digital, I would invest in this video course. It’s a fast track method of becoming a DJ in less time, finding cool tunes that other DJs don’t know about, getting to play to crowds and mixing and shaping a perfect set.
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