Here is a cool video about how to beat-box. Beat-boxing is mimicking the sound of drums with your mouth. The term beat-box actually refers to a drum synthesizer of drum machine which can also make drums sounds to replace a real drum kit and drummer. I use a drum machine in my music making.

Here is a cool instructional video to practice your listening. Maybe you can pick up some music vocabulary as well.

Here is the transcript to help

How to make basic beat box sounds:

Try beat boxing to make percussion sounds using only your mouth.

To complete this How-To you will need:

Rhythm
A mouth

Step 1: Create a kick drum

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.

Tip: Vary the b sound by mouthing the letters “bf,” “bs” and “bsh” intermittently; combine for an interesting rhythm.

Step 2: Create the hi-hat

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.

Tip: Experiment with variations like “ts,” or by drawing the air for longer periods of time to create a “tssss” sound.

Step 3: Be a snare drum

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.”

Tip: Vary the snare drum with “ps,” “psh,” or “pf” sounds. Emphasize the variations by elongating the sounds: for example, “psssshh” or “pssssffff.”

Step 4: Crash like a cymbal

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: Make a reverse cymbal sound

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: Get hip-hop inspiration

Listen to old school hip-hop and try to replicate those beats.

Step 7: Develop your sound

Develop your own unique sounds by putting all the elements together. Timing and breathing techniques are the secret to impressive beat boxing. Have fun!

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