Two Deck Fundamentals
The most common form of DJing is the basic two deck setup. Almost every club has a variation of this setup installed in the DJ booth and every professional DJ should be able to perform a set using one.
This setup uses two players (either turntables or CDJs) connected through a mixer (consisting of a crossfader, volume faders, and EQ controls, among other things). Through these three simple devices the DJ creates a continuous stream of music by playing songs on each deck and transitioning between them using the mixer.
There are a few basic steps that are fundamental when learning how to DJ. Once you have mastered these you can start experimenting with more advanced techniques.
DJing is about playing music for an audience, so your first step should be deciding what type of music to play. One of the easiest genres to learn the basics of DJing with is any ‘four-on-the-floor’ style of music (house, electro, techno, etc.) because the beat is very apparent and repetitive. Even if these genres are not what you would ultimately like to play they can help you develop your skills in the early stages of learning.
Step 1 – Playing the first song