DJ’ing for Beginners – Basic Beat-Mixing, using CD Players with Pitch Controls

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This tutorial explains the basic theory behind beat-mixing for DJ’s, and then takes it a step further with a hands-on demonstration on pitch-controlled CD players. The theory behind this video is also applicable to DJ’s who want to mix vinyl records. I’m doing a second video right now that uses vinyl for the hands-on examples, and that should be online here by the middle of next week..

All music used in this video is music that I own copyrights to. You can download the tracks for free if you want from my SoundCloud page:

Bolivia – Global Underground (Gregg Morrish Remix) – Vocal Trance:

Bolivia – Global Underground (DJ Nard Remix) – Tech-House:

Bolivia – Global Underground (David Anthony Remix) – Tech-House:

Bolivia – Global Underground (Cozmic Cat Remix) – Vocal House:

Bolivia – Global Underground (Pitched Senses Instrumental) – Tech-House:

Bolivia – Global Underground (Gruman & Piller Remix) – Vocal Prog:

Bolivia – Global Underground (BassQuake Remix) – Vocal Tech-House:

Bolivia ft. Mike Allison – When I Grow Old (Radio Edit) – Indie/Folk:

This is part of the “Learn To DJ” video series by Jonathan Clark, who is well-known in the industry as DJ Bolivia. To see a list of other DJ-related tutorials by DJ Bolivia, go to:

Unfortunately, as of early 2014, YouTube annotations are not visible to mobile viewers, only to users watching on desktop browsers. I use annotations quite frequently to post clarifications and additional information during the video. For the best educational experience, you might prefer to watch this video in a desktop browser rather than on mobile, unless YouTube eventually fixes the mobile annotation deficiency.

You can also learn more about Jonathan Clark at these sites:
Main site:
Music Blog:


djbolivia says:

+Tinashe Chikanda I really need to do a detailed video about harmonic
mixing, but that assumes that people know a fair amount of music theory.
If you don’t have a solid background in classical music theory, the best
thing for now is to just listen closely and see if the songs “feel” right
together. Do the notes sound like they mesh well? If so, the key
signatures probably match or complement each other. If not, try mixing in
a different track. Sorry, this is a hard topic to cover in less than
several hours of theory.

djbolivia says:

+jsbrito If the track is warped properly, it will be following the global
tempo, so you can slowly change the global tempo to whatever speed you want
(including the track’s original tempo) and the track will follow.

thesnowleopard66 says:

Thank you so much!!

D'JulesOne says:

With bars and beats & phrases, I just seem to know and sense when they are
coming in, Counting would drive me insane..I know you are just trying to
explain it to the beginner though, as it does comes naturally after a

sodemo12 says:

You sir are awsome! This helped me alot, especially the part where u
covered the bpms. I will practise like that next time =)

Miroslav Šiagi says:

Please, what’s the name of web page about music genres which you mentioned
at 20:50? I don’t understand it. Thank you! 🙂 Edit: After turning on
annotations I can see the name, so thanks again 😀 …really thanks for the
lesson! :)

ChickenSandwch says:

good videos!

Kuir John says:

Nice video but I need theory in writing cos I’m a begginer.please if you
can do that for me

Warrick Fehi says:

I understood fully the part where you explained they may have to be +1 and
+2 to be matched. It’s because the playing track’s original tempo (when it
was recorded) is faster than the cued track’s original tempo, so in order
to make them match you speed up the cued track’s tempo more than the
playing track’s. Thank you very much for the video!

DJChaps says:

cool vid bro, came across it scouting out vids on the djm2000 in
preparation for Classics, the gear has flown past me by a mile. RaveHali
for life.

Eric Avila says:

This guy takes teaching seriously.

Brad Freeman says:

Massive respect for this video..Very very much appreciated for taking out
so much time to make videos like this

frizeman5 says:

Man, I learned so much of this video; I have to say that like the first 20
min section is a bit ‘bullshit’ but the rest is all good information; I
really liked it! thanks for sharing your experience with us and give us
those awesome tips!

Dan McAdams says:

For not wanting to be a teacher, you sure are great at it. I found your
videos by looking up wedding dj tips and ended up getting guided here
through youtube’s suggestions. I just want to say thanks! Already watched
your Mobile DJing for beginners and I won’t lie, it made me a little
nervous, but it made me even more excited. I’ve owned businesses before,
I’m a programmer by nature, and I can’t wait to start doing something I
love even more.

I’ve watched 5 hours of your videos today haha, haven’t gone to sleep yet.
Keep up the good work my man.

Freshy Jay says:

Wow your great! I’ve honestly learned so much about DJing in just 2 vids
and it is really helping out! You should make a video that gives tips/hints
to scratch and the use of effects appropriately and just simple stuff for
teen mixer who is sort of beginner but not quite of a beginner!(:

Knife B-Sting says:

Best beatmatching explaining/tutorial out there. Most tutorials out there
only explain how to go about beatmatching. There is so much more to this.
You not only explain how things are done, you explain WHY things are done –
something no other tutorials out there do. Great job. You have certainly
helped me not only understand beatmatching, but can now more effectively go
about mastering it.

DJ KRED says:

is there a certain part of the song you start/end when making the
transformation or is it just when ever you like?

1985goldie says:

Fantastic video. Really helpful. Look forward to watching some of your
others now. Thanks

Lucas Ocampo says:

Man your videos are great! You are not only so teaching, plus is noticeable
you known of the matter and the fact that you love what you do. I’m going
to subscribe to keep learning from your videos.

P.D:sorry about my english and greetings from Argentina

En Cobos says:

Hi and greetings from buenos aires argentina!!
please help me with something!!!! I understand the theory to synchronize
using cd players but I can’t. Can you explain me please what is the trick
to play with cd players??

alos2099 says:

you really dont need go through all that to learn beat mixing..

New Born Fam says:

very smart guy

victor pinto says:

Great tutorial!! greetings from Ecuador

Ban Gas says:

which route should i tek is virjual d best than usin pioneer cdjs i jus
wanna no more abt ths.very very nic vdios iv lon wanted professional help
with you i gaz m nw ok no nid to waste monie tryin to pay pros to tech me
hia in Botswana thr are no dj schools hop il b a pro in few months to come
coz of ur vdios

DJKJSeph says:

How do you attack songs that don’t have intros and outros and begin and end
with lyrics?

ritesh thapa says:

Very nice video. Keep up the good work man.

Armando Larios says:

You’ve assisted me so much! 😀 – Quick question: how do you know when, a
good time to leave a track is? you know, to bring in the next one.

DJ KRED says:

how do you make a transition between dubstep or how do you count the beats?
Also when your at a gig do you have to play the same genre or can you mix
it up a bit ex. progressive and trap then a chill or house?

segelboy95 says:

I really like this part in the beginning where you talk about the history
of DJing 🙂 Very interesting!! I’ve never really thought about that… this
progress in technology is insane :D

James Sinclair says:

you are the man. Without you and ellaskins i would be clueless!! Quick
question, is it best to start learning on tracks without vocals?

Ronnie van der Linden says:

I’m having a real hard time on matching phrases man. Imagine I would want
to mix the drop of track B (in my headphone) after the build up of track A

I know I have to drop the first beat of the 16 bar section when track A
only has 16 bars left, but when that first beat actually is the ninth beat
of an earlier section, than I have trouble to find the point to release the

Basicly my question is: how do you know how many bars you have LEFT till
the drop exactly? I mean, you can hear a new ‘phrase’, but why would THAT
phrase be the one before the build up? It could easily be 2 phrases before
the build up, and then your timing would be off…

Can you help? 

TraktorSpecialist says:

way too long..sorry

Razvan Dumitrescu says:

to long of a tutorial, if you would of used ” etc” or ” so on and so on ”
instead of 50-50-40-60 70-30 you would of saved at least 1 hour

good video but toooooooooo loooooooong

Kuir John says:
scott jones says:

nice vid thanks man

Gabriel Alves Moura says:

Let me ask you a favor. I believe to understand all those basic techniques
already, but my mixes doesn’t compare at all with a top dj’s ones. I’m not
talking only about the quality of the transition, but their music is always
kinda awesome, it’s always hype, with beats and going for the next drop…
they’re defnetely not just fading from one to another.

Could you make a video explaining how to mix the musics so it’s not just
fading from one to another? “How I make my music sound awesome on the
club”…It would be a Djing for beginners+1 or something like that haha.
Thanks, great vids ;)

Eric Avila says:

I come from your other video.

Franco Conocchiari says:


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