Funded By Leeds Music Education Partnership
Beat Team Project part II - Learn to use the turntable as an instrument
Following on from last terms’ amazing Beat Team project we have secured funds to get more people involved, and to get those already on the path to go deeper.
This is a free project where 11-18 yr olds can learn the basic skills of scratching, turntablism and controllerism. We will start on CDJs, but you will also be able to try vinyl and controllers, pads and buttons. We will develop our own samples and will welcome other players to bring in instruments to sample – so we can use them to scratch!
You will work as a team to build up your own music using only scratches and DJ skills. This will develop your team work, communication and musical skills.
DJ Qbert explains the very first scratch everyone should learn:
Anyone can join in and learn then practise in headphones. We know everyone starts somewhere so anyone can try it out.
Those DJs who can scratch well and work as a team will be first in line to get on more projects to develop this. Those DJs who are amazing will be touring, performing and uploading music as part of our Beat Team.
The sessions are available to 11-18 year olds, are FREE and will run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from the 21st April to 2nd July with an opportunity to perform after that (dates to be confirmed.)
Tuesday evenings are from 6pm to 7pm.
Thursday evenings are from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
You do not have to do both sessions every week.
Places are tight but to get involved fill in the contact form on the right hand side of this page and be sure you enter “beat team” where it asks for a message. If you know which day of the week you want to come then let us know that too.
Or if you already know us just text or email jim or dan.
Our main aim is to have the turntable/DJ Deck recognised as an instrument. If we can show your schools how good DJing is you may be able to use it to perform in GCSE music. YOU CAN HELP THIS HAPPEN and LEARN NEW SKILLS.
The Beat Team in action: