By Stevie Adams /


How to Make Basic Beat-Box Sounds. Try beat boxing to make percussion sounds
using only your mouth. You will need Rhythm and a mouth. Step 1. Make the kick drum sound by expelling pressurized
air through your mouth. At the same time, pronounce the letter b without
using your voice box. The effect should be punchy while you mouth
the “b” sound and expel air simultaneously. Use only the air in your mouth. Vary the b sound by mouthing the letters “bf,”
“bs” and “bsh” intermittently; combine for an interesting rhythm. Step 2. Clench your teeth and expel short bursts of
air while making the “t” sound. This is called hi-hat. Keep your tongue against the roof of your
mouth and the back of your teeth, maintaining the pressure inside your mouth. Use your tongue to regulate air flow. Experiment with variations like “ts,” or by
drawing the air for longer periods of time to create a “tssss” sound. Step 3. Build on the kick drum sound to mimic a snare
drum. Expel pressurized air using the same technique,
only mouth the letter “p” instead of the kick drum’s “b.” Vary the snare drum with “ps,” “psh,” or “pf”
sounds. Emphasize the variations by elongating the
sounds: for example, “psssshh” or “pssssffff.” Step 4. Use the word ”chish” to replicate the crash
cymbal. Repeat through clenched teeth, without the
vowel sound, for a duller crash. Keep your teeth clenched. Step 5. Keep your tongue pressed against the roof
of your mouth where your upper teeth meet your palate. Clench your teeth and inhale quickly to create
a reverse cymbal. Close your mouth to stop the sound. Step 6. Listen to old school hip-hop and try to replicate
those beats. Step 7. Develop your own unique sounds by putting
all the elements together. Timing and breathing techniques are the secret
to impressive beat boxing. Have fun! Did you know Standard Beatbox Notation (SBN)
is a special set of musical notations created specifically for writing beat box songs.


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