Beatmatching Tutorial

A picture of a DJ beatmatchingA DJ beatmatching Beatmatching is a prerequisite for most mixing styles. It’s the part where the DJ matches the tempo of the next track to that of the tune that's currently playing on the dancefloor. Beatmatching is done by ear, and it’s a skill that needs to be learned. If two tracks aren’t beatmatched, their beats will fall out of sync during the blend. Instead of sitting beautifully on top of each other, they will sound like a train wreck, which will mess up your mixing in a blink of an eye.

Now is the time to dispel the biggest myth about beatmatching. As opposed to mixing, which has a good deal of creativity to it (when to drop the next track? how long to make the transition? how to make the songs go together really well?), beatmatching is a purely technical skill that even a monkey can be taught. In that sense, beatmatching is like being able to walk for a basketball player. It’s hard to play basketball if you can’t walk, but walking is not what made Michael Jordan famous. Similarly, the genius of great DJs isn’t in how quickly or how precisely they can beatmatch.

Why then is beatmatching so much talked about, especially among beginner DJs? The thing is, learning to beat match by ear takes weeks or even months. It’s the first real challenge that will put your desire and motivation to become a DJ to a test. The good news is that, just like walking, beatmatching can be mastered by anyone: your mom, granddad, your neighbor and even her dog (OK, maybe except for the dog.)

So no more excuses, you can learn how to beatmatch! Let’s go?

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A BPM counter is a device (many mixers and digital decks have one built-in) that automatically measures the tempo of a track. Ever since BPM counters became widespread, beginner DJs started asking one and the same question: “Why bother learning beatmatching by ear if my Pioneer CDJ-1000/... Full article »
So, you’re not afraid to devote a few weeks of your life to learning beatmatching. Great! The most important thing is to not give up. If you persevere and practice, practice, practice, the progress will be very quick. I promise! A couple of things to point out from the outset. First, this... Full article »
Now that you’ve learned how to cue up and start the record, let’s make some use out of the deck to your left, too. Put your second copy of the record on that turntable and make sure its pitch is set to zero. Open the corresponding channel fader on the mixer so the record is playing... Full article »
Unfortunately, in real life, the tempos of the tracks you’re trying to synchronize will most often be different. So even if you’ve started a record precisely on the beat with the one in the speakers, their beats will eventually start to grow apart because of the different tempos. That... Full article »
Now that you can cue up a record, know how to correct any starting errors and have practiced “the game of catch-up,” you are finally ready to try and match a record’s tempo to the one playing on the dancefloor. Without looking at the pitch slider of deck A to your left, move it... Full article »
You’ve now been working on your beatmatching to the point where you can hear your practice track in your sleep. On the other hand, you can now confidently match the tempo of a record to its copy and are ready to try doing this with two different tunes. Good! Today, you’ll play your very... Full article »

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Still doesn't teach anyone how to beat match though.

Thanks for publishing this resource on your website.

Thanks I've learned something abt beat matching

Great tutorial, thanks for the tips :D

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