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Scratch DJ Academy presents: DJ Fundamentals

with DJ Hapa

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  •   01 Introduction and Basic Music Theory

  •   04 The Crossfader


Class duration: 5h 17m

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About The Class

get your start as a DJ.

Learn how to DJ with DJ Hapa of Scratch DJ Academy. This class will set you up with everything you need to know to get your start as a DJ.

DJing is more than counting beats and waving your hands in the air, it is about skillfully bringing together songs to create an experience. In DJ Fundamentals you’ll learn about the theory behind music and the basics of manual beatmatching and scratching. Hapa will introduce you to the gear essential to a DJ set including hardware, software and the functions and features to look for. You’ll learn about breaking down music and analyzing arrangement – skills you can use for DJing and producing remixes or original work.

If you are brand new to DJing or you’ve been at it for a while, this course will give you a solid foundation you can build on no matter which genre or style you prefer.

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Introduction and Basic Music Theory

  2. 02

    Scratching 101 Part 1

  3. 03

    Scratching 101 Part 2

  4. 04

    The Crossfader

  5. 05

    Mixing Based on BPM

  6. 06

    Mixing Based on Song Structure

  7. 07

    Song Breakdown Demo

  8. 08

    Segment 8 - Mixer Overview and EQ

  9. 09

    Inputs and Outputs

  10. 10

    Understanding Turntables

  11. 11

    Manual Beatmatching Techniques

  12. 12

    Beatmatching Practice Part 1

  13. 13

    Beatmatching Practice Part 2


Meet Your Expert

DJ Hapa

After nearly two decades of performing throughout the world, Hapa continues to leave his mark and legacy in the DJ community and beyond. His list of accomplishments is extensive and varied from numerous residencies in the Hollywood circuit, to his ... read more

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  • Arik Cohen

    Arik Cohen

    January 2018

    I’ve always wanted to be a DJ and dabbled with gear and software since I was a kid. But as a result I never got really good at it. So I finally decided to give the subject it’s proper respect and study it. Boy am I glad I did. This guy is a terrific instructor. Just enough theory to give you a solid foundation, just enough practice to get you to work on your skills. I’m half way through the material and I’m loving every minute of it. I learned in one video more than I had learned my entire life watching random YouTube videos and talking to others. I would definitely recommend it to any DJ, new or experienced that want to get their fundamentals down cold.

  • Lisle


    March 2019

    It's great to learn from a master such as DJ Hapa, the course content is the perfect blend of comprehensive content and practical demonstrations. I've learnt a wealth of valuable information! Thank you Creativelive and DJ Hapa for an excellent course

  • Denisse Baqué

    Denisse Baqué

    February 2016

    Amazing job Dj Hapa! I appreciate the fact you really started from zero, from the very bases of music theory, thank you for this master class!

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