How about advanced harmonic transitions? Today I have one simple tip for you: If you are playing any form of electronic music then chances are very high that most of your library is in a minor key. There are however a few gems in major keys, which provide excellent dance floor lift but present a musical mixing challenge. Imagine the current playing song is in 7B, and the desire is to mix out perfectly in key but there are no suitable 7B tracks in the library.
There is one simple way to mix from major to minor harmonically: Check out the camelot system created by Mixed in Key below which makes it easy to visualize. In this case D minor 7A contains the same notes as F major 7B so the two can be mixed together. Here is a simple formula to follow:. Many DJs play it safe and mix during the drum breaks so there are no harmonic clashes.
While this is a clean, fail-proof method, it leaves a lot of magic moments on the table. From experience, usually a two semitone jump will work more consistently than a one semitone mix. In each of these instances, matching key codes do not guarantee a perfect mix since both songs might share similar notes but the chords are in an incompatible order.
To create a bridge between the songs allowing for longer compatible mixes simply drop a short one count loop on a single chord or note that is in harmony. In the Major to Minor flip example above — the songs may contain one note that does not match. Make sure to drop a loop at the beginning, or end of a musical phrase to avoid any conflict should it arise. As always, trust your ears before anything else.
Read more in our introduction to Key Lock and how different softwares treat key mixing. How to make a dj mix. How about just listening to it if you are a good Dj you can tell what sounds good together and what doesnt period!! So I just got finished recording a 1. If anyones up for critiquing this its a great mix that constantly builds energy by going up in BPMs and Energetic Genres vast majority are house genres. A lot of you have more musical experience than me but this is pretty much as far as someone with little music theory can go in terms of harmonic mixing.
Holy crap, I really lost it while reading the comments… Sounds super interesting, but probably missed the basics. Your key changes as well. How to deal with that? Keeping in mind original key, than changing it to new key?
How would you know how you key has changed based on BPM change? It would be great if Traktor could estimate new kay based on bpm change.
Dude you seriously need some hug action. This is a free discussion. Those are the notes that are in the specific key. The relative minor to C major starts on the sixth step or sixth note in the scale , which is A minor, or 8A. I think bringing awareness to mixing in key is great music theory always makes better music! DJing is more akin to playing the drums than the piano. Hey Ean, thanks for this great and easy tipp!
Can you tell me the Name of the last Track you were playing? And I love your sweater, well this is totally offtopic but where can I get it online? All this discussion and no mention of tonality or modes, which explains why an absolute major transition will only work some of the time.
You can hear the dissonance on the lower beep sound. Which would also be really good for the producers who frequent this site. Imagine having an F1 full of bridging loops! It would be a thing of beauty. In my mix I accidentally grabbed a song that should not have worked — and it did quite well so we let it ride.
Each song will dramatically effect the outcome significantly more than the key code rules. There-fore I guess these suggestions are just suggesting different possibilities that you can test.
Thanks for the Daft Punk video tip. Dor example the Am to B? What effect did you put on the beat when u faded it at the end part? And this might not be the place to ask for it but what effects do you mostly use? If only there was a blog about DJ appreciation etiquette or in scene rules for people who complain about overconfident DJs that wanna make their superman harmonic mixing technique live….
You could provide that knowledge…. MIK will often detect a track as a relative key to what key the track is actually in, and blindly mixing like this can get you into a lot of trouble. Interestingly enough, the brand new 6. Trainspotter is a free software that connects to Beatport and updates all your ID3 tags incl. It works immediately with Traktor and iTunes, and can also look up info from Discogs and more. I am in no way affiliated with this software, but you can find it here: I want to contribute something that would improve this tutorial, since I wrote the book about harmonic mixing http: Also… Ean, if you use the images I created for the book, please give proper credit.
All of this is dependant on the individual songs. I had an epiphany in , however, which revealed that the chart could also be displayed in a circle, like the face of a clock. Just wanted to shout out to you as the author of that book. This method is called absolute major mix. It kinds of clashes and matches all at the same time. And like all other expert commenters here said, always use ur ears.
It can sound interesting and it can also sound horrendous. Try playing an F with an F at the same time. Whether it sounds good has nothing to do with knowing how to mix, but rather the moments you pick in the songs for the transition. The Camelot wheel and harmonic mixing are nice because they recommend mixing in scenarios where the possibilities of clashing musical notes are at a minimum.
Going F major to F minor drastically increases the possibilities of musical note clashes. I expected the video to be about relative minor and major keys, which is a really useful tool to have in your box. Mixing 7B with 4A goes from F major to F minor, which might work and might not. It only has one note, an F, so it could be in F major or F minor.
It would also work fine with D minor or even as the fifth of B flat minor or major, and could actually form the major third of C major.
So the reason the mix of the first two loops sounds OK is that the solitary F note from loop 2 goes OK with the F chord in loop 1, though to me it jars a bit with the C chord in loop 1. Lastly, Ean mixes from loop 2, in F minor, to a tune in E minor.
I understood that was what the video was getting at towards the end. Oh, and to give a good example of fully harmonic tunes from relative major and minor keys that mix well, try the beatless mix of Smokebelch II by Sabres of Paradise super-major, in G major into the original mix of On by Aphex Twin very melodic but minor, E minor to be exact.
This article needs to be revised quickly. What Mr Golden is describing is parallel keys. These use the same notes, like C major and A minor. The Camelot Wheel takes out the very math he suggests and connects 8B to 8A and so on.
Um… Fmajor to Fminor sounds really strange. In fact, that is probably one of the worst ways to transition from major to minor. It is kind of frustrating to see someone with no musical knowledge claiming they can teach you about harmonic changes like this. I get that a lot of DJs make and play good music with no musical knowledge, but when someone with as much clout as Ean Golden tells the world something that is wrong as if it is gospel it bothers me.
I would respect DJTT and Ean Golden way more if they stuck to what they are experts at instead of pretending to know basic music theory and being wrong. There are much easier and more interesting ways of mixing in key that could be focused on.
It is a sad state this industry is in when the leaders are unwilling to admit their lack of knowledge in an area. They pretend to know what they are talking about and perpetuate the overwhelming ignorance and unwillingness to admit your faults in this industry. Going from something like 7B to 4A or vice versa produces two musical keys where half the notes are different — an excellent way to produce clashing music.
But…going from one minor key to another major key just because they share the same root note is not good advice when half the notes in the key clash — at least if you want to do it sounding well musically.
Between the two examples: Fmajor and Fminor — there is only one note out of 6 that is different the 3 — not half. This is really way less of a dissonant mix than you might imagine. No, the 6th and 7th would be different in major and minor keys. In the key of F minor as opposed to an F minor scale or chord the 6th would be a C and the seventh would be a D.
In F major the sixth is a D and the seventh an E. Keys, scales and chords are different.More...