Top 4 Reasons DJs Should Learn to Beat Match by Ear

If you can match beats by ear, then you know the confidence that comes from having that gold nugget in your skillset, am I right?

But these days, it’s a skill that many DJs leave to the tech to handle it for them. I mean, after all, there’s great software out there that’ll beat match for you – at the touch of a button. 

Don’t get me wrong, I totally get the appeal of Auto Sync. (I’ll even show you how to use it.) It’s a helpful tool to free you up to be more creative so there’s a lot of value there – but it shouldn’t be your ONLY option. 

Here’s my TOP  4 reasons why you should learn to manually beat match by ear:

REASON #1: You don’t have access to sync

First off, you may not have the tech available to auto sync the tempos for you. If you don’t have the software, then you obviously can’t press a button to magically match beats. But you knew that already. 😉

REASON #2: Epic tech fails

Real talk: Software isn’t always reliable and it’s friggin’ stressful. You know what I’m talking about. It’s like that panicked feeling you get when you have to give a presentation and the damn PowerPoint won’t load.

Well, Auto Sync can fail you too. (Especially when Mercury is in retrograde!)

REASON #3: To avoid embarrassment

Even when auto sync is working properly it still requires you to adjust things a bit when things get off. And if you don’t know how to adjust things manually, you’re cruisin’ for a trainwreck.

We’re talkin’ shoes in the dryer and a ‘deer in the headlights’ look… 

On stage. 

With everyone watching …YOU. 👀

But if you know how to beat match manually, you can fix things fast to keep your tempos on track. 

Don’t worry though – manual beat matching isn’t just reserved for panic moments.

In fact, that brings me to…

REASON #4: It’s an overall stress reliever! 

Manual beat matching is your secret weapon that supercharges your confidence because you know that you can handle anything that comes your way. 

That alone is reason enough to learn!

When you know how to beat match by ear, you’re setting yourself up for success in any scenario. Your tuned ears will prep you for every sticky situation and ultimately make you a better DJ.

Peep the video to learn more about why manual beat matching is so important!



ps — Already watched the video and ready to master this essential DJ skill?

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