Turntable Tecnnique: Art of the DJ Paperback – Feb 17 2003
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About the Author
Stephen Webber is a Hal Leonard author. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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 ...
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
Amazing book! Really cool descriptions and really easy to follow the techniques.Published 4 months ago by Amazon 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... Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2003
This is for people who don't know what a turntable or a mixer is.. People who have never heard of DJing before..Published on July 3 2003
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