How to Become a DJ Online – Beatmatching Perfectly

Apr 14, 2010
How to Become a DJ Online – Beatmatching Perfectly

So you want to know how to beatmatch perfectly?

If you’re serious about becoming a quality DJ the number one thing you need to master is how to beatmatch correctly. Beatmatching is all about getting the beat of two separate tracks running in perfect synchronization. Doing this allows you to move between tracks seamlessly, keeping the energy high and the dancefloor jumping.

Basic Beatmatching:

The idea is to try and beatmatch any two tunes that have close to the same tempo by adjusting the variable pitch control on the deck of the tune that you are mixing in.

While learning it’s a great idea to write the tempo of each of your tunes down, either on the record or CD sleeve. This will help you know which tracks realistically can and can’t have their tempos matched. It will also give you a more than handy head start, you will know straight away if the tune you are about to mix in needs to be slowed down or sped up.

The tempos are expressed in BPM (beats per minute) you can work this out by manually counting how many beats you hear in 15 seconds and then multiply it by 4, giving you the beats per minute.

TIP: Most modern DJ mixers these days come with BPM counters – I would suggest you only look at these to get a general idea of a tunes tempo; ideally you will be fine tuning your beatmatching much further than those displays.

The best way to start getting the feel of beatmatching is by getting two copies of the same tune synchronized and playing in time with each other. By using two of the same tunes the tempos of both will be exactly the same, you won’t have to worry about using the variable pitch controls to precisely match the beats.

TIP: Essentially all you will need to do is drop the tune in on beat then either manually catch it up or slow it down if required, keeping them synchronised for the duration of the track.

When starting out this will help train your brain to separate both of the beats, there are no short cuts when it comes to learning how to beatmatch. The only way to achieve beatmatching perfection is through repetition and practice, lots of it!

If you don’t have two copies of the same track to mix together your next best option is to download the FREE Beatmatching Genius loop – well worth checking out if you haven’t already.

Advanced Beat – Bar & Phrase Matching

Once you have put the right amount of time into your beatmatching skills, if you want to become the best DJ you can then you shouldn’t stop there, you need to start thinking about song structure and what else you need to match to have your mixes in perfect synchronization and harmony every mix.

Your goal should be to create perfect seamless mixes every mix.

If you want to take your DJing to the next level and create mixes that even the best DJs in the world will take notice of, you need to go beyond matching the beats and learn to start matching the bars and phrases as well.

All music including dance music is written in a certain structure so if you put the time into learning about that structure and how to match all the elements within it  you will put yourself light years ahead of the common DJ, and possibly set yourself up to become a future superstar yourself!

The trick in mastering all of the above is taking one step at a time and finding a good DJ mentor that has both the skills and knowledge to guide you each step of the way.

This is exactly what the DJ Master Course is all about!

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  1. Pamela-P April 17, 2010 at 2:51 am -

    This is great!!! wickid thanx

  2. Mikki Snipe April 19, 2010 at 3:02 am -

    ey benny what you are doing with the djmc blog is wicked as, it’s awesome so thankyou :0 Will be sending you a mix soon!!

  3. Tegan Hogan May 11, 2010 at 12:33 am -

    Wooooooooow so much more technical than I ever thought, I love this site, I’d be lost without your help.

    THANK YOU DJ Benny…

  4. Beatz September 6, 2010 at 10:50 pm -

    Much thanks and respect…….. Dj Benny ur the man for making this site.

    -Big Up’s
    BeAtZ

  5. DJ Trinity February 16, 2011 at 12:25 am -

    hey men i like how you teach beat matchin i been a dj for 12 years and i have hell beatmatching i kind of suck doing it and i give up doing it. but i gonna keep trying to do now that i read your tutorial and hopefully i get it soon. thanks men

  6. dj ronstar October 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm -

    Beatmatching perfectly is no easy task.
    The easiest way I remember from my dj teacher was pick out the rhythm of the beat you are mixing in, and match that rhythm to the other track.

    Each track has its own rhythm whether it is in the high hat pattern or the toms.
    Pay close attention to it and mix that rhythm into the rhythm of the other track

    I remember my dj teacher told me
    To even hum
    It out loud to the new track and then hum it mentally

    Worked for me

    Cheers
    Ron

  7. Sandile December 15, 2011 at 10:59 am -

    Wow dj benny man, beatmatching is so hard i even think of quitting sum tymz plz help me?

  8. Benny December 15, 2011 at 10:45 pm -

    Hi Sandile,

    The Full DJ Master Course will guide you step-by-step through everything you need to become a quality DJ including the art of beatmatching.

    You can check it out there:
    http://www.djmastercourse.com/how-to-dj

    Plus I’ll be on hand if you get stuck!

  9. govaniteshe March 1, 2012 at 2:12 am -

    respect respect dj

  10. Dj friky leo April 16, 2012 at 1:48 am -

    Omo Mehn…..friky leo is triping 4 dis stuff, honestly i lov dis coz i wish to take dis job to anoda level,i wana b a mentor to oda upcoming guys and also a living legend when it comes to DJing in ma country 9ja(Nigeria) coz we no dey dull…..am AWT..

  11. Gary June 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm -

    I can beatmatch ballroom music perfectly but this? well I guess I have start from scratch

  12. Nana K Mensah October 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm -

    Hi thank you god bless am trying to learn more i need for lessons hope to hear from you.

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  14. Benny March 30, 2013 at 5:35 pm -

    @ Utapa

    Send me an email: ben [at] djmastercourse.com and we can work something out.

    Benny

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