Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale

Observad bien este vídeo, en el podemos ver al gran Bobby McFerrin demostrando el conocimiento innato de la escala pentatonica en el ser humano…os preguntareis ¿y de que me sirve a mi como DJ?, es muy sencillo…como se puede observar en el vídeo, existe un conocimiento natural de dicha escala en el ser humano, por lo que este es muy sensible a las progresiones, es decir, intuitivamente sabemos lo que debe de sonar a continuación…esto es clave para poder desarrollar una sesión con unas progresiones adecuadas…¿no os a pasado nunca que en mitad de la sesión notáis un bajón que os deja sin saber como continuar?…(exactamente lo que pasa cuando Bobby McFerrin se abre de piernas), quien dice un bajón, puede ser tambien un subidón que no es  oportuno, o mantener demasiado rato el mismo ritmo, con lo que terminamos por aburrir al público…

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Este tema ya lo hemos tratado en alguna ocasión, se trata de la Mezcla Armonica, que podemos realizar mediante la Tabla Camelot, pero no hay mas que conocer nuestros temas y dejarse guiar por ese sentido natural que todos poseemos…creo que este tipo de programas están bien para orientarnos y aprender, pero a la larga te limitan bastante y tambien tienen sus fallos…lo dicho anteriormente, conocer bien nuestros temas, practicar mucho y desarrollar ese oído natural que todos poseemos…

English:

Harmonic mixing consists of two elements: knowing the key of every song that you play and knowing which keys are compatible…To get started, find the keys of your songs.  You can detect keys with a piano, a good ear, and a background in music theory.  To save time, you can use professional DJ software such as Mixed In Key.  Mixed In Key scans your MP3 and WAV files, and shows you the key of every song.

Crafting a Perfect Mix or Mashup

Of the fundamental elements to DJ’ing (song selection/programming, volume control/EQ’ing, and mixing) I would argue that the the mix is the most powerful – even the untrained DJ will notice that when two songs are mixed together well the energy in the room spikes. Harmonic mixing is a technique that allows songs to be mixed and mashed for longer periods, can conceal the fact that songs are even being mixed, and optimizes the total amount of sound energy created by putting two tracks together. Two songs that are harmonically compatible will have more energy than two that aren’t – the result is an increase in the ‘perceived loudness’ of the energy coming from the speakers, and the effect on your audience is a more exciting mix/portion of your set. Take notice of this – when you start playing a portion of a second song with the first, if you’re listening hard enough you can almost always hear your audience go “woooh!”

There are really two ways to figure out if songs are harmonically compatible – learn music theory, or use Mark Davis’ Camelot System (covered below). Before you can do so, you have to actually determine the key of the song – you can do this by testing the key of the song yourself with an instrument, or by using the computer program I use. This program, called MixedInKey, allows me to drag and drop batches of files straight from my Serato Crates, iTunes, or from a folder on my computer, and determines the key of the song for me.