WANNA BECOME A DJ?

DJ? What’s a DJ?

Haha don’t laugh at me. Just for the record, if you want to do something, you have to understand what it really is.

First of all, DJ stands for “disc jockey”, people who play recorded music for audience. There are several types of DJ, such as “radio DJ” – the original of such work, broadcasting live music through radio sessions, focusing on live audience; “club DJ” – the controller who keeps the dance floor constantly and dynamically crowded by blending tracks together; “guest DJ/performer” – he or she (could come from a radio or a club) definitely has some reputation, people clearly know who he is and what he can do.

Of course there are more of it but above is basically what I need you to know.

So, why a DJ?

Hm, why not? Nowadays being a DJ is trending, especially with young people. This occupation sounds clearly promising because it is comprised of both passion and money. Everyone wants to make money, but not all of them get to work with all their heart. Do you know how much a DJ earns a night? 300$.

(Nah, everything has its own dark sides, be careful.)

What I need to become a DJ?

GET YOUR GEAR

As I’ve always said, you must know what you wanna do before doing it. So you want to become a radio or a club DJ? Or even a performer? Think twice, because your answer will show you how to get the gear you truly need. It would be unrealistic to spend tons of cash on those expensive gadgets, only to find out DJing isn’t really for you a few weeks later. Therefore, a beginner should only start nice and slow, having as much access to DJ equipment as possible to get a feel about what you’re about to do. For beginners, if you are thinking to buy equipment, I highly recommend the all-in-one controller route – the easiest and closest way to start. Another solution is to use DJ software such as Virtual DJ, Mixxx,… – fully featured, good and free at the same time.

These steps provide a better vision for you, see if you’re ready to spend more money purchasing the gear.

Here are some essential utilities you will need:

LEARN AND PRACTICE ALL YOU CAN

Learn and practice concurrently. Learn the important skills of a DJ: EQing, mixing, phrasing, beat matching,… They don’t require you to make a lot of research but you will have to practice, practice and practice. Mastering all that provides a variety of chances to boost your career. In addition, it is necessary to discover other equipment so as to have further knowledge about DJing. We won’t know if you run into some cool tricks which improve your performance, or you like music you create and so does everyone.

Another necessary thing to do is to learn as much as you can. As far as I know, there are no degree programs in DJing, but that wouldn’t be very effective if there were any. Most DJs learn to mix and match music by themselves, so that they can freely mark their own style, and that’s really how this industry functions. No one would look at you if you didn’t even know how to use different operating systems, like CDJ and turntables.

The biggest difference between a DJ and an iPod is the conscience. Professional DJs always know what to do, what equipment to use, what beat to drop because they can read the crowd as an open book. Simply one scratching and the crowd go crazy, that’s the science of observing.

START YOUR CAREER, MAKE YOUR OWN BRAND

After months, even years of practicing, you’re finally ready to perform. Your mixes sound nice, you uploaded some of them on the internet and received positive feedback. Now, you need to focus on marketing yourself.

You must be wondering, why.

I’m afraid that time has come. It is when you stop playing around with your equipment, and start to think about developing your career more (of course, if you see being a DJ as a hobby then you can stop right here, don’t read further). Not everyone likes marketing but unfortunately, it’s crucial. It offers you a job, with a salary in return. And since then, you will have to do some networking more than just mixing music.

The result of a good marketing yourself is increasing gigs. You have opportunity to meet ones that are potentially becoming your customers afterwards. Larger, better performances mean your own brand is slowly growing, you may need a fanpage on Facebook, or a channel on Youtube, just to maximize your reputation. Since we’re in a virtual age, hiring a tech guy to build your website can effectively even fasten the progress. Don’t ignore local promoting because they are truly potential to hire you, not someone 2000 miles away. Remember, good self-evaluating , good self-promoting are the best way to achieve your gold. “Top DJs are top because they know how to sell themselves.”

Of course, there would be times that you’re all free, or you hold a gig and end up playing your track alone, that’s okay. Because there would also be days you shine as a star among the people dancing to your melody. Keep living a happy, enthusiastic life as a DJ. Look at the bright side. And never stop challenging yourself.

Source: remixingplanet.com


AWESOME BEGINNER GUITARS

beginner guitars

First, I give you three options for acoustic guitars with great value and quality beginners.

1. Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar

“Quality materials including a solid Sitka spruce top make the Yamaha FG700S Folk Acoustic Guitar an excellent choice for the new acoustic guitarist.”

Built on years of making quality instruments, especially guitars, the reputation of Yamaha is what other brands have been dreaming of. Featuring a very comfortable body with a solid Sitka Spruce top, this acoustic guitar are made to produce such amazing sound but keep itself a reasonable, almost modest price of 199.99 USD. The satin finished on the back of the neck helps the guitar to make the playability smoother. This instrument is also long-live if you wonder, it even sounds better and better in decades.

2. Martin LX Little Martin ¾ Scale Acoustic Guitar

“The Martin LX Little Martin is a great choice for kids and beginners with smaller hands and bodies.”

Seen as one of the best guitars that have ever been made, Martin Guitar is now 180 years old. The Little Martin mentioned is a ¾ scale guitar, designed perfectly for beginners and kids with a smaller stature. The guitar produces big and loud sound in small package thanks to the feature of professional building, both construction and hardware part. Another advantage to talk about is its size suits your travel package just right.

3. Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar

“The Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a wonderfully retro look with its decorative pick guard and includes a pickup system for easy amplification.”

The Epiphone Dove Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar produces very rich sound owing to its features of solid soprucetop and comfortable neck. Since 1962, the guitar has been installed with a Fishman Sonicore system that seems to “repeat” the acoustic sound even when you have connected them to an amplifier (or PA system). The monitors will sound just as what you make from the guitar. Such a good feature, right?

Now, three other options for electric guitars:

 1. Squier Standard Telecaster

“Based on the iconic Fender guitar, the Squier Standard Telecaster ranks first in beginners’ list whose interests are traditional, country rock and and surf sounds.”

Squier Standard Telecaster is your fantastic first electric guitar thanks to its classic Fender design, simple controls, and smooth playability. Say goodbye to the poor turning ability that you meet when using low quality guitar, this one has very fixed bridge, quality tuning machines that speak of reliability, simple tuning stability, along with one single volume and tone controls and two bright-sounding single-coil pickups. For decades, the Telecaster has been a legend in country, surf, rock and pop music.

2. Epiphone Les Paul 100

“Starter who is in live with the sound of hard classic rock will definitely love this versatile rock guitar.”

This one actually give thicker and deeper beefy tones than the Telecaster above since it features two hum bucker pickups. The Epiphone Les Paul 100 is a wise choice for starters. With quality hardware but simple controls, it also feels very comfortable with your hands. Another foundation of brilliant music for decades. The guitar is extremely popular with hard rock and blues guitar players because of its warm tones that suit many music genres.

3. ESP LTD LMH100QMNT

“This ESP LTD LMH100QMNT makes a great choice for your budding shredder who loves hard rock and metal styles.”

Seeming to be affordable to some guitarists, the LMH100QMNT is a the sleekest, most stylish to me. With a slim body and a comfy neck, it’s specially designed for people who want fast and, responsive feel. Modest price, hum bucker pickups and beautiful quilted maple top, this design is known for its comfortable fastnecks and contours that hug your body perfectly.


5 MISTAKES YOU SHOULD AVOID WHEN LEARNING TO PLAY GUITAR

5 mistakes you should avoid when learning to play guitar

1. Self-learning To Play The Guitar. Many people try hard to learn how to play the guitar themselves. Well, it’s true that some really (maybe) study it on them own, but I don’t think following that way is a good idea, even if your favorite guitarist learnt himself. Maybe you are totally capable if building an effective training strategy by yourself and that’s absolutely great. However, like I said, it’s not likely that everyone has the gift inside them. Most of us cannot do it alone because it is simply so hard, time-consuming and stressful. Some people even proudly claim that they are self taught players, thinking it is a way to impress others but they are wrong. You SHOULD NOT make the same mistake. Let’s just say, which one do you prefer? A nonsense statement about your guitar training or a performance that shows off your guitar skill? Honestly, I don’t find anything good about self taught, but I’m not criticizing anyone, please understand. It just appears to me that any lessons need a teacher, even playing the guitar. There are many skills and tips that we only can learn from the master.

2. Taking Guitar Lessons From Ineffective Guitar Teachers. Unfortunately, most electric guitar learner receive no guitar skill from their teachers. Even worse, the vast majority of teachers show little or no interest in improving their guitar teaching skills. This is real guys, you can read it online. Well of course some highly effective electric guitar teachers exist and keep teaching, but still there are a number of ineffective teachers. This sounds like you spend a bunch of money hiring someone to teach you but end up learning it yourself and this just won’t work.

3. Looking For New Guitar Info (tricks, tips) Without A Verified Strategy To Reach Your Specific Goals.  Yes, it’s true that we’ve got to have information, help, advice to play music. But without a specific “verified” strategy, you will mess up in anytime. That’s the first thing to do, set up or look for a proven strategy, which is relevant and suitable for you skill level, your style. After following it for quite sometimes, that you have got used to practicing according to a specific schedule, now it’s the time to learn the right info.
4. Unsure About What You Really Want To Play. A vast majority of guitar players know little about what they’d like to be able to do with their guitar. Imagine, if you yourself don’t know then how are you gonna figure out your training schedule? How would your teacher be able to teach you the specific skills required if you don’t have a specific idea? Sure there are basic things that help you to get better in general, and common strategies that allow you to gain more knowledge and skills, but they are not specialized enough. Not to mention this will take much more time for you to success and reach your goals, as well as the training may brings you frustration sometimes because of its ineffectiveness.

5. Not Focus Enough On What Matter Most To Make You A Better Guitarist. I’m sure you all have been here a few times: practice so hard but not really pay attention to what skills or lessons that can speed up your progress. Because you really do not understand and apply this concept correctly. Some teacher will neglect the core of the lesson they are teaching: what plays the most important job. This result in many students making their progress slowly and frustratedly, some even quit their study. So, make sure you get to know what is the main problem of your lesson and master them, before going any further.


HOW TO USE YOUR ACOUSTIC GUITAR?

You must be a beginner, because you are reading my article. In this topic I will show you how to use your guitar basically. Warning, this is very, extremely basic, so you may find it bored to skim. Try to read as much as you can, since I’m giving you all my experiences, of acoustic guitar only. Feel free to share~

Use Acoustic Guitar

  1. Name the parts of a guitar.

You think this is funny? Yeah, it is but you will need it to discuss with other guitarist about your instrument. Normally, it is comprised of:

Headstock: head of the guitar, where all strings end. Here, you would find the machine heads which are used to tune your guitar. Lower, at which the head stock ends you would see a slotted piece of wood, called the ‘nut’, used to connect headstock with the ‘neck’.

Neck: This long thin wooden piece is a major components of your guitar, with one flat side right under the strings named ‘fretchboard’, are marked so that you can find out where you are on the board. On this area, you will also see ‘frets’, running over the width of fingerboard, raising bits of strings to give exact half notes.

Sound hole: At the end of the neck, you meet the sound whole where sounds resonate.

  1. Hold it right:

Many beginners who take online class are not taught how to hold a guitar correctly. You’re lucky I decide to share it with you .

Casual style: If you’re right-handed, set your guitar on your right leg. You can use a footstools (about 15-20$ at the music store), no matter style you are following. The footstool raise your leg, which makes the guitar fit into a better position, especially for long periods of playing or practicing. One common mistake of newbie guitar players is to slouch the guitar in towards them so as to see their fingers, but they don’t know it makes bad posture and practice routine since it tires player. Instead, make sure you place the guitar upright and straight. Or, you can tighten your strumming arm around the guitar to keep it close. This prevents the guitar from slipping away and make good position.

Classical style: Move the footstool to your left foot, if you’re right-handed, then rest your guitar on your left leg. This brings up the neck further to the left and raises it more, which makes it easier for you to reach all the notes on the fingerboard. This style of holding a guitar can be harder for longer sessions, but I have a tips here, use a strap to help hold the guitar up, but easy for you to reach the notes.

  1. Tune it:

You need to have a guitar with correct tune or else it is extremely hard for you to play.

First off, you need to learn the strings name. From thickest to thinnest strings, also lowest to high pitch, are E, A, D, G, B and E. In music store, they sell an equipment called electric tuner that helps you do this easier. It has a micro to tell you if the sound created is too high or too low. Tighten the string to make the pitch higher, and vice versa. If you cannot finr a tuner, you can compare your pitch to one of another well tuned guitar, or to the piano notes.