DJ’ing for Beginners – Basic Beat-Mixing, using Vinyl Records on Turntables

This tutorial explains nuances about beat-mixing on vinyl. This is a companion video to a more comprehensive earlier video that talked about beat-mixing theory, and practical beat-mixing on CD players. You can find that first video at:

I forgot to write down track listings when I recorded this video, and right now my records are 6000 kilometers away. Here are partial track listings of the ones that I’ve been able to identify so far, and I’m trying to figure out the others (L/R means left/right deck):

17:00L – Cirrus, “Boomerang” (The Light Remix)
22:30R – Quivver, “Boz Boz” (Central Rush Remix)
23:30R – Breeder, “New York FM” (Van Bellen Remix)
28:00R – Seragaki, “Ryukyu Underground” (Quivver Remix)
34:30L – DJ Fist, “Beat The Drums” (Original Mix)
36:45R – Mike Morales, “Dream Shattered” (Original Mix)

I also have a page on my main website devoted to teaching people the basics of turntable setup, etc. Here’s a link:

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.

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:

On a side note, I get a lot of requests from people who want me to review their DJ mixes. Unfortunately, I am extremely busy. I’m already turning down paid projects, and I don’t have time to review mixes. I wish it was otherwise.

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

I also have a video online showing the recording of an episode of my weekly radio show, using turntables. Here’s a link:

That video was produced using the audio feed from my headphones, so it would be useful to a beginning DJ who wants to experience things from the DJ’s point of view. If you’d rather watch the same thing but with the audio feed that the audience hears, watch this video instead:


Ricardo Bona Tua Panjaitan says:

thank you 🙂

Rugey Ruge says:

Mate, thanks for taking the to make this.
Excellent tutorial, as with your other vids!

FieldSweeper says:

damn, you look like Dana Carvey

Roman Semchuk says:

Great video and music! Thank you!

PRODIGY1234100 says:

I like this guy

cameron murphy says:

What type of music is this and where can I get lots of records like this in bulk for low cost? I don’t have a shop in my area the shops that do sell records are 60s 70s music shops, I live in England btw

Jason Spivey says:

Thanks for the video. Even though I dont have vinyl I feel that learning this way will help learning digital.

Jeppe Bang Krabbe says:

Jonathan I want to say a deep and profuound thank to you. I started djing on vinyls a bit more than two years ago. I lpayed mostly with people in Hamburg then, where all kinds of genres will be played in the same set, and very little beatmatching done. More weird things like turning the turntable of etc. But I wanted to be able to beatmatch too, because most nu disco, house tech etc are so obviously produced for beatmatching the first 30 sec to 1:30 will be dull if you just play from the beginning. Same goes for outro. SO I started looking into the beatmatching. Had no clue what I was doing, didn’t get anywhere. So I started asking friends about it. Either ‘Iwanna learn it too’ or ‘yeah I used to be able to do that before I started with the computer/cds’ (the cdj usually have a pretty precise autobpm) was the answer. GThen I started asking djs who were beatmatching vinyl, when I was in the club. The answers I got all fell into the category of: that’s really easy, if you can count to four you can beatmatch.
So I was kind of giving up on it. Then I was sick so I didn’t play for about a year. A month ago I took it up again and figures out what you explain in the other video about adjust speed aswell as starting the cued track according to the playing beat. I was getting closer, but the few mixes that actually worked felt like pure luck. With your video I’m gonna get right back at it when I wake up tomorrow. Have a gig coming up in two weeks. Not sure to try it out then, we’ll see. All love to you man! I love geeking around too, and I’m better at understanding things if I understand them profoundly, it’s like an either or for me.
Also (and I will stop writing soon) I grew up in a family with very little music, but for some reason music has always been very important to me, I listen to music almost all the time. But I grew up thinking I had no skills for playing music. Now I feel encouraged again! I remember what The Black Madonna says: Talent is a seed. Practice is what makes it grow. Thanks.

One last thing: ‘Dj Nori – Happy Sunday (Maurice Fulton Remix)’ is the track that made me work on beatmatching again. That track deserves all the rubbing, loving and caring it can get. I don’t feel I could fit it in a set in a way where it would work as it should without being beatmatched. Recommended!

Todd Styles says:

Dude the beats are so off wow.  Cant you here that???

F.J. C says:

Hi! do you recommend looping with a sticker? or in your experience does it hurt the record? Thanks

Papo Piringa says:

Great video! This video is better than the old Kung Fu series if you suffer from insomnia or any trouble falling asleep!

Raoul Alderse Baas says:

The record on the right turntable. What’s the name? Love it!

Mr Rux says:

thank you for sharing

FSwift DJ says:

the original Dj pitch on the mk2s is lot better don’t waste your time installing a mk5 pitch for just a clicking sound, the motor is also better on SL1200 mk2 original, the mk3s was a flop in the UK, they failed to sell, the mk5s was ok but the parts not as good as original builds

yosoytuodio says:

This si the best video on youtube about real djing , thank you very much !

maranezzi21 says:

and then you are putting the fader up – like it is not hear anyway


should i do scratches?
or preserve the life of my needles and vinyl?

Andreas Hoppe says:

so glad, vinyl is still there :)!

Ankit Mahendru says:

Thank you! Very helpful 🙂

Lachlan Paull says:

Hey guys! I made a documentary style short film about record collectors for my Honours major work last year, it’s on my channel, please check it out!

ace man says:

track ids ?

maranezzi21 says:

and how can we hear left track if your fader is down? Min 24

Warping Warping says:

How is the Shure -m447 for listening?

Marek JA says:

amazing tutorial! thanks a lot!


Thank u +djbolivia, it has been very heplful for understanding turnable equipment and pitching styles.


I am still a starter in Djing, however, your video is really inspiring and encouraging me to go on!!


christopher95wilster says:

u from Bolivia? why the name? im form Bolivia btw

Raoul Alderse Baas says:

And the left also!

eddy edi says:

gold tutorial,congrats.very few people will do this on internet.well done.

Henry Meyer says:

Thanx for the Video, but actually that was clear for me before watching.. The problem for me is beat-mixing. It looks easy but.. i dont know.. i do something wrong or is it just the lack of training??
For example: Years ago i had problems to cut wood with handsaws. After a year a man told me that i should not clench up my hands and muscls, while holding the saw.. That little tip extended to a nearly straight and nice cut.
Is there something in mixing that i should know?
Thanks in advance for everybody who can help 🙂 cause i think to push a sync button is just too easy and every DJ (in my case = in future maybe) has to do the basics.

Nice Records btw….

LiamTellerTV says:

Nice video! huge value for beginners. Especially for the controller kids to see how difficult it actually is!

Rawk N Rolla says:

can someone help? does mixers work like amplifiers? can i use just a mixer with my audio technica (pre amp built in) or is it necassery to go through an amplifier?

mike escalante says:

awsome sounds are u making any new videos???

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