🔊 Oscar: Have you ever wanted to get into music but just didn't know how? Maybe you've tried to learn a musical instrument but found it to be too difficult. DJing may be the perfect way for you to get started.
Learning how to DJ is a great way to learn about music because you learn a lot of music theory without actually having to learn the skills necessary to play an instrument like a guitar or saxophone, so this allows for us to focus on the other things, such as timing, understanding what a bar is learning, what a beat is.
We're also learning to develop active listening skills, which allow us to really understand how music is constructed. This goes a long way, going to be able to produce music later on.
🔊 Oscar: If you were to choose to learn how to play a musical instrument, maybe the piano, or perhaps you will learn how to play the ukulele, knowing how to DJ will make your life so much easier because you understand how the music actually works.
The other advantage in learning how to DJ first before learning how to play any other musical instrument is you get to start having fun right away. The sooner you can start having fun, the faster you will learn. And the more likely you are to stick with something.
One of the reasons things like the violin are challenging to pick up, especially at a later age, is that it takes a long time to get good. We really have to do something with this expectation that we will have fun later on in the future date, rather than focusing right now and having fun immediately and growing from there.
Just take it one day at a time. If you practice a couple of times a week. Over the course of a few weeks, you'll notice a major improvement in your ability to understand music.
🔊 Oscar: So, how could you get started learning how to DJ? Actually, learning how to DJ itself is not that easy, but it is the year 2021. And we do have this awesome tool called DJ Pro AI. I
magine having training wheels on your bicycle. It helps you start learning things like special effects, what songs go well together, what beats per minute mean, or what is a key.
It will help you do things like fade between tracks until you learn how to do it yourself. So within an hour, you can start producing interesting music. You can start having fun. You can start having a good time.
🔊 Oscar: You don't have to buy anything to get started to learn how to DJ, but it'll be much easier and a lot more fun if you get a DJ controller. I recommend getting a controller with the least amount of functionality possible and the least amount of knobs. This will allow you to focus on learning how to DJ rather than being caught up in the mechanics of the controller itself.
So, in this instance, less is more. The controller that I'm using myself is called DJ Starlight for Hercules. You can buy it for under a hundred dollars brand new at Amazon. This controller has native integration with DJ Pro and will allow you to do things like crossfading, adjust volumes, and set up cues.
🔊 Oscar: You'll be able to apply special effects and trigger samples. It also allows you to start from scratch, and it has tools to help you synchronize your tracks. It also has this really cool neon light. One of the aspects of DJing is you have to feel cool about what you do. So having a cool controller with a light show. You're going to feel good.
The other thing I actually recommend is getting a set of LED colored lights, and you can get them for $40, maybe less. One of the advantages of having those lights, you can start to set up the creative space. You can think of it like this. You're trying to create a priming trigger for your mind to know that you're about to become a creator.
🔊 Oscar: And one of the easiest ways to do it is just with light. Having a blue and yellow light being pointed away from you on the wall and diffused will start setting an ambiance and help you become more creative. Most importantly, take the pressure off yourself. Don't worry too much about how far you're progressed or how long it's going to take.
Just take it one day at a time. Just practice a couple of times a week over a few weeks. You'll notice a major improvement in your ability to understand music, in your ability to put together mixes. Your musicality will go up.
You'll notice that you'll be able to bob with the rhythm a lot better than you did before. And this will set you on a course of exploring music and really having toys that can grow with you and you will receive value from for the rest of your life.
@leonid What do you think of introducing it to young kids before the actual instruments? I went the traditional route as a kid with piano(Not even sure DJing would have been an option when I was a kid, but if it was I KNOW I would have jumped at the chance) Kids love playing with buttons and experimenting. Maybe if it became more of a traditional option, kids might pick it?
This is an interesting take, and yes, DJing would teach you musical theory. Our household plays the piano. Funny enough, taking piano classes online now, and one of the classes on the companies website is DJ classes. The instructor looks like he’s having a blast from the promotion. Hmm, maybe a study can be done where half a group starts a musical journey the traditional route with piano/violin, etc, and the second group starts with DJing 1st, and then moves to the traditional route. The research could measure what the difference in musical levels/understanding is between the two groups.
Great hint on creating ambiance with the diffused lighting!
Never learned an actual instrument. But, I did DJ in high school and learned a ton about music in general. Great article!!
This is a very interesting perspective on how to learn music, but I don't know if it's the same as learning music itself. I used to play the violin many years ago. There was a lot of practice involved, as well as learning pitch and how to read music and musical notes. I think that being a DJ will teach you how to appreciate music, and maybe some musical theory and how to blend sounds and experiment with different sounds and musical flavors. But as far as learning music, I feel the best way is the regular old-fashioned way.
Insightful - and practical. So encouraging that we can all find our musical place in the world!
I love when he said Learning how to DJ is a great way to learn about music because you learn a lot of music theory without actually having to learn the skills necessary to play an instrument. That is absolutely brilliant! I have always felt DJ's are some of the biggest music fans in general and don't have to necessarily play an instrument.
I don't know if I totally agree with this. I've started learning music w/ a Ukulele, and I think it's generally better to pick something you actually want to play.
I do agree that it may not be the best idea to pick something like a Violin or Sitar as your first instrument, because of how hard it is to play, but at the same time people should follow their curiosity. It's what's going to carry you forward when things get hard and you want to quit.