Welcome to Crossfader!
Hey, it’s great to know that you want to become a more creative DJ. Firstly let me thank you for taking the time to learn with Crossfader. We hope the following free lessons will help you expand on your current skills, making you stand out from the crowd.
The following lessons are all taken from our Online DJ Courses. You can find out more about these courses by clicking here.
Let’s get started!
Lesson 01 – Wordplay Techniques and Examples
Lots of songs contain similar words or samples within them. By noticing these common words we can start to mix between different tracks at that exact point. Looping is usually key to making this technique work effectively. It’s such a fun way to not only challenge yourself as a DJ but challenge the crowd to see if they notice what you have just done!
Lesson 02 – Tips For Beat Matching Acapellas
This is an advanced technique that can really take a while to master. Make sure you keep going back to the start of the acapella and working from that point. Figure out which words land on which beats of the bar then try to nudge those words on time.
Lesson 03 – Tricks With Acapellas
This is a great way to create remixes live in your DJ sets. Switch out the instrumental of a track leaving the acapella playing over a new instrumental. It’s tricky with two channels but with these tips, you will be creating live mash-ups in no time.
If you’re using a four-channel controller you can have the next instrumental lined up on the 3rd deck. If you’re using a 2 channel controller then utilise the tricks mentioned in this video to make the transition.
Want more DJ lessons?
Beginner DJ Courses
If you found the lessons above quite hard to master then have a look at our Beginner DJ Courses. These courses are designed to help you master the core skills of beat matching by ear, basic mixing techniques, timing, phrasing and basic music theory.
Intermediate DJ Courses
All of our intermediate courses are packed full of mixing techniques like the ones you have just learnt. The skills taught will help you stand out as a DJ, perform better with your equipment and impress any crowd.