How To Beat Juggle

Beginner DJs learn to beat juggle, a hip-hop DJ technique, by learning to loop. Perfect this technique using these steps.

Instructions

  • TIP: For beginners, start with a record that has pronounced beat breaks.
  • Step 1: Play "Record 1" on Channel A. When the break ends, immediately move the crossfader to Channel B as you start "Record 2."
  • Step 2: Rewind "Record 1" to its marked cue. When Record 2's break ends, immediately move the crossfader to Channel A and replay Record 1's beat. Repeat over and over and you're looping.
  • FACT: In the early 1970s, Kool Herc first used two records to loop a beat, which begat breakdancing and beat juggling.
  • Step 3: Use a colored marker to mark the first beat of a music section's first bar on each record. Visual cue identification is important for looping.
  • TIP: Stretch your hand muscles regularly for better reach and dexterity when manipulating both records and the mixer's crossfader.
  • TIP: Professional DJs use belt-driven turntables because they can best withstand wear and tear.
  • Step 4: Plug the speakers and turntables into the mixer. Put a copy of the same vinyl record on each turntable.
  • Step 5: Learn to use the mixer's crossfader control. Play music from "Turntable 1" on "Channel A," then from "Turntable 2" on "Channel B," or from both at once.
  • Step 6: Practice manipulating two playing records with your fingers and other parts of your hand. Keep your touch light.
  • Step 7: Gather your beat juggling equipment: speakers, turntables, and a mixer. Start learning to loop on a two-channel mixer for ease of use.

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