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Learn to beatbox for free
As unbelievable as it may sound, beatboxing is actually older than jazz and originated thousands of years ago in the old civilizations of China and India.
Similarly, African traditions practiced an old style of beatboxing where performers made sounds from their bodies such as clapping or stomping and by loud breathe-ins and breathe-outs.
Plus, imagine a full orchestra coming out from your own mouth with the conductor and the music creator being one and the same.
One famous artist who has made beatboxing beautiful enough to listen to is Bobby McFerrin and his song “Don’t Worry Be Happy” – where he dubbed his voice to create seemingly various `instruments.’ See this video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9K4BKkLaCI
Anyone can learn to beatbox. All you have to do is – besides reading this article – is to take beatboxing seriously and then practice and practice and practice a lot.
1 There are three basic beatboxing sounds: the hi-hat, classic kick drum and the classic snare drum.
2 The classic kick drum is done by saying the “b” sound with an added punch. Also, you will have to let out air vibrate through and oscillate on your lips similar to when you do a raspberry.
Essentially, say “b” the same way you pronounce the b in `boing.’ Just make sure you allow the pressure to build yet when you release the sound, control your lips enough to allow it to briefly vibrate.
3 The closed hi-hat is performed with a “ts” sound by moving your tongue’s tip forward right behind the front teeth. What will be produced is a thin hat sound. To make a heavy hat sound, move your tongue to the conventional position when making the t sound.
Meanwhile, the open hi-hat sound is made with a t sound but with your teeth lightly closed. Also, you need to breathe out longer in order to make an open hat sound.
Continuous hi-hats could be produced by a successive tktktktk sound with the use of your tongue’s midback.
4 The classic snare drum sound is made by saying the letter p louder. The key is to oscillate the lips and push out the air out of the lips enough to make it vibrate. Then, breathe out while at the same time producing a ph sound.
TIP: To make the sound more like a snare drum, add a continuous pf ps psh bk sound after the initial p.
5 Combine all these 3 sounds in an 8-beat, for instance: b t pf t / b t pf t
b t pf t / b b pf t.
The b and pft sound is the most basic sound in beatboxing.
The idea is to get the right timing. Do not be afraid to make mistakes. If you do make an error, just continue and don’t stop. Eventually, you will be able to build up speed and do an 8-beat with proper timing.
Slowly but surely, learning these basic techniques give you appropriate tools to consequently further your beatboxing craft. Just remember that practice always make perfect.