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Turntable Tecnnique: Art of the DJ [Paperback]

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Feb. 17 2003
Learn to play the turntable like your favorite DJs and create your own style! This essential guidebook and companion 2-record set teaches you to play the turntable as a musical instrument. Using this first-ever turntable method, techniques and tricks can be mastered quickly and effectively. Includes step-by-step instructions on: setting up your equipment, scratching, beat matching, mixing, transforming, crabbing, crossfader technique, cutting and stabs.

Book includes: photographs and musical exercises, tips on how the pros set up their gear for scratch mixing, and a history of DJing and hip-hop culture, plus interviews with top DJs such as: DJ Swamp (Beck), MixMaster Mike (Beastie Boys), DJ QBert (Invisibl Skratch Picklz), DJ Kuttin Kandi (5th Platoon/Anomolies), DJ A-Trak (Teenage DMC/ITF World Champion), and DJ Craze (three-time DMC World Champion). The companion records provide scorching grooves, phat beats, and wicked scratch material for DJs/turntablists of any level.

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Stephen Webber is a Hal Leonard author. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars 12" Records Very Handy June 11 2004
I have probably all of the books on DJing that are out there, and this is my favorite. It comes with two 12" records that contain a wide band of white noise (like a continuous "Ahhhhh" sample) that really help you ease into skratching. I've been DJing for years now, and I still use that track.
There is also a very cool acid jazz track which has a Miles Davis muted trumpet vibe going which you can beat match with an R&B style track---I never could get the hang of beat matching until I bought this book/record set. This really made it easy.
The other technique this book helped me with better than any other source I could find is the crab scratch. The exercises break it down into very easy to follow steps, and by practicing slowly and speeding it up a little at a time, my crabs are now even and clean.
I think maybe this book throws off some people who are expecting it to read like a copy of Source magazine---it's refreshingly free of trendy lingo and the silly posturing that often accompanies the DJ scene. It also treats the turntable as a musical instrument, which some DJs still have a problem with. It helped me a lot, and like I said, I still use the records--there are a lot of good synth and spoken word samples on them as well!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this! June 4 2003
I found this book totally useless. It's thin, pretty much only talks about scratching, and the little information it contains anyone who is even thinking of learning how to DJ already knows.
There is nothing in here to help someone become a DJ. It's pretty much all focussed on scratching and even then misses the mark.
If you want to scratch *maybe* this book as something for you (I doubt it). If you want to be any other kind of DJ, don't even think this book will help.
The things that this should but does not include:
- A detailed section on beat matching. I think the book spends a whole paragraph on it.
- How to use a mixer. There is absolutely *nothing* in this book about equalizing.
- The various ways of mixing one song into another.
I could go on and on ...
Stay away from this book. It look like it was written for pre-schoolers and even the way the author writes mkes it seems like he's tryig to teach six year old kids ...
What a waste ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Industry Standard June 7 2003
I began scratching two years ago using this book, and progressed faster through the basics than any of my friends who started at about the same time. Now I use this book to teach others. It breaks things down into easy to follow and clear descriptions, something that no video I own bothers to do.
The interviews are also dope; QBert, Swamp, Mixmaster Mike, Craze, Atrac, and Kuttin Kandi all have interesting stories to tell.
There is also a short history of the hip-hop DJ, which is stuff everyone should know if you're going to DJ.
The two pieces of vinyl that come with the book have some great samples for scratching and two cuts for beatmatching.
I especially enjoy teaching with this book, it makes it easy for my students to make progress between lessons. It also includes some traditional music notation, which gives me a clear vocabulary to talk to my students with.
If you're starting out this book is excellent.
It works!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for new DJ's! May 18 2001
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This book is an awesome reference for the new DJ. It comes with 2 albums that are exactly the same, so as you can learn to beat-match and scratch properly. It has alot of good tips and pointers, and really is a great help. My only criticism is that the info on beatmatching is a bit limited, as this book is for the budding scratcher, and it has heaps of info on scratching. Maybe in the next publication Stephen Webber will remeber to put down that the easiest way to get the beats together is to listen to the bass drum. Other than that, this book is great, and I think Stevie boy has done a good job. DJ Zanshin (Australia)
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