How to Spin Records

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When a DJ is spinning records, they need a good song list, they need up-to-date equipment, and they generally need two turntables. Find out why spinning records is done to keep the sound moving at all times with help from a professional saxophonist in this free video on music and DJing.

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Hey I'm DJ Jazz B and I'm going to explain how to spin records. When you're spinning records, a couple of points you need to have down. First of all you need a good song list so that you can play what everybody wants to hear. You're going to want your equipment to be up to date and great working condition because you don't want any accidents while you're playing in front of a bunch of people. Spinning records, you've got two turntables usually, if we're talking about records. You can also use a CD players and basically do the same thing. But the original DJs used vinyl records and so you take your record, on the platter here, drop your needle on there and just basically play music. And the idea of spinning records is to keep the sound moving at the same pace at all times. So you want to make sure that the beat doesn't drop and people don't stop dancing and look at you like, you know, what's going on. So basically I'll just demonstrate the idea of spinning records and keeping the beat moving at the same time. As you can see, the beat doesn't really stop. And basically just kind of keeping the music moving at all times and keeping everybody dancing. And that's how to spin records.

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