Turntable Technique – Second Edition

The Art of the DJ

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  • Suggested Retail Price: $34.99
  • Format: Book/Record
  • Pages: 144
  • Dimensions: 9 x 12
  • ISBN: 0-87639-105-6
  • SKU: 50449482
  • Publication Date: March 12, 2010

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This essential guidebook and companion two-record set teach you to play the turntable as a musical instrument. Use this first-ever turntable method to master scratch techniques and tricks quickly and effectively!

Step-by-step instructions on:

  • Scratching
  • Beat Matching
  • Mixing
  • The Transformer
  • The Crab
  • Crossfader Technique
  • Cutting
  • Stabs
  • Extending Breaks
  • Reading Music

Book includes:

  • Photographs and musical exercises
  • Tips on gear setup for scratch mixing like the pros
  • A history of DJing and hip-hop culture
  • The most effective crab exercises ever devised
  • Innovative scratch notation that will teach you to read music as you learn essential techniques

Featuring interviews with top DJs including:

  • DJ Swamp (Beck)
  • Mix Master Mike (Beastie Boys)
  • DJ Qbert (Invisibl Skratch Piklz)
  • DJ Kuttin Kandi (5th Platoon/Anomalies)
  • DJ A-Trak
  • DJ Craze

The companion records provide beats, drum samples and skipless scratch material for DJ/turntablists of any level. Using both copies, you’ll learn to beat match and mix two separate tracks, and create your own remixes. The exclusive extended “ahhhh” track and skipless samples make mastering scratch techniques easier than ever!


“I’ve prayed for the day a book like this would come out, and it’s finally here. Now I’ll pray for a Lamborghini!”

—DJ Qbert, Invisibl Skratch Piklz

“Excellent text, the first of its kind! A historically and technically accurate textbook for DJs. A strong vehicle toward the DJ element of hip-hop culture being accepted in the way other more traditional music genres are accepted.”

—Christie Z-Pabon, U.S. Events Coordinator, DMC

“Berklee Press offers text to spin by. As one of the few comprehensive packages describing turntablism as an art, this set breaks new ground, particularly with its hands-on approach to teaching scratch technique and proposal of a scratch-notation system. Definitely a good place to start if you have recently picked up a pair of decks and a mixer.”

—Remix Magazine

“This comprehensive how-to kit provides the basics for aspiring DJs. Boston’s esteemed Berklee College of Music and professor Stephen Webber have come to your rescue, putting together a product that takes you by the hand and gently makes sense of it all.”

—Urb Magazine

“Anyone familiar with Berklee Press knows the quality and user-friendliness of their material. Turntable Technique succeeds as both a primer for playing the turntable as a musical instrument and as an introduction to music theory for DJs with little formal music education.”

—Gig Magazine

Turntable Technique is a great tool for beginning and advanced spinners.”

—Source Magazine


Stephen Webber

Stephen Webber is the author of Turntable Technique: The Art of the DJ, and the DVD based on this text.