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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 I love this book! June 11 2004
By A Customer
I received a pair of turntables and a mixer for Christmas last year, and this book got me off my rear end and got me practicing. I mastered beat matching in one night.
The book is very easy to follow. The records that come along with it are great, too.
I heard the author on NPR and he was cutting Richard Nixon saying "I am not a crook," which is right off of the records that come with this book!
I also learned about Grandmaster Flash, Qbert and Craze from the interviews and history section.
Well worth the price!
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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 this other book is *much* better Aug. 3 2003
By A Customer
Don't bother with this book; I bought it and was totally disappointed. Buy the book listed below instead, it's thick, full of information on all aspects on DJ'ing form beat-matching to equalizing to matching jeys, etc .. and it's even fun to read.
How to DJ Right: The Art and Science of Playing Records by Frank Broughton, Bill Brewster
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beginners July 3 2003
By A Customer
This is for people who don't know what a turntable or a mixer is.. People who have never heard of DJing before..
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