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Beatboxing 101

teacher avatar Richie Hiranandani

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Kick Drum


    • 3.



    • 4.

      Hi Hat


    • 5.

      Rim shot


    • 6.

      Throat kick & Shaker


    • 7.

      Inward Snare


    • 8.

      Click Rolls


    • 9.

      Synths & Effects


    • 10.



    • 11.

      Microphone Techniques


    • 12.

      Outro skillshare richie


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I teach some basic beatboxing sounds and a few advanced techniques for you guys to try

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1. Introduction : What's up, guys? My name's Richie beat boxer. And I am hopefully gonna teach you some basic beat boxing for beginners. Okay, so hopefully what you're going to learn from this tutorial is the basic patterns such as the bone kx, ky hat center. So I'll definitely was the keywords in each episode. So you guys know where to follow and hope you enjoy these tutorials on MySQL share. 2. Kick Drum: So the boom GGAC, this is saying that you've got to start out with, especially if you want to start beat boxing. The first thing that you gotta learn is how to pronounce things with your mouth. It's a little bit awkward if you start off, you want to basically say boom or. So how you do this is you use either the left side of your mouth or the middle or the right side of your mouth, depending on how, what you're comfortable with. Tighten your lips, use your tongue just to get you comfortable. And then just almost like you're making a sound. I know for some people it's kinda tough. But what you're trying to do is get it tight. You, some people like to really make it ties so you try to get a small amount of air through and not your trying to also say boom, so boom or home it. That's really tied. It's like almost like a snap what you wanna do. And then of course you can get more complex with it. You also wanna make sure you wanna keep it consistent. And then of course you can. If you're a drummer, This is obviously going to be easier for you if you're not, if you play any other instruments, even if you're just doing basic guitar or any instrument you understand tempo. So 1234, N1, N2, N3. That is the kick drum. Of course there are variations, so there's the extending the hum sound. So and then you vary it with just the tight kick rather than the one with the hmm. That's how I do it. I hope that helps onto the snare. 3. Snare : Alright, next lesson is the snared. This is pretty difficult. When I started off, I was really having a hard time getting this down. I actually got this down because of family friend who somehow just knew how to do it. It's a Piff or China say pith path. So Piff. And then you really try to tighten your lips with as less as possible coming through again, the middle or the left or the right side of your mouth? I prefer going through my middle. So It's almost like doing that. But you, instead of just making that sound, you release the air. So and then you practice. At first. Especially if as a beginner, you are, the sides of your mouth are really going to hurt because you're not comfortable and you don't understand exactly how to do it. So it is quite uncomfortable for some people, but eventually you'll get the hang of it. Once you start playing around with the kick drum, it just makes everything so much better. So you can go, you can do patterns length. Again, the snare is even more complex. It doesn't have to be a pith sound. You can just literally have the basic type snack. Or you can have a piece of I'm having some air gathering above my upper lip. They just tried to emulate the, an actual snare sound, especially if you're over here into hip hop, obviously you've got different snares. So 800 eight room upstairs. So you add at the end instead of a. So the Sony variations, our snare cake that you can create. It's just about using your individuality, your graded creativity, and how you feel a snare should sound like. Listen to songs. Think of songs that you like. Listen to them while you're walking, jogging, or going to work, or going to school. And you try to emulate that sound of the helps. 4. Hi Hat: Alright, next is the high hat. This of course is really important to keep temple adding that variation to your beads, NOT just having kick and a stance or you want to get high hat going. The basic method is saying tests and then you tighten it again to your teeth. You're basically trying to have the tip of your tongue that hitting the back of your teeth or your front teeth or your incisors. So the upper teeth. So That's how you get an open high hat. So an open I had was online. So you extend it. Of course, clothes I had would sound tired. And then of course you add variations. So yeah, practiced I had I had especially with the temple. So you don't have to use a kick or a snare right now, you literally just practice with di hat. You have something on your iPhone or Android phone which has a tempo, or you have a click on your drum kit, that obviously helps. So just one N2, N1, N2, N1, N2, N1, N2. And hope that helps. 5. Rim shot: Here is the rim shot snare. This is actually much easier for some people to get done before they advanced to the pith snare on the actual snare drum, because it's just easier to do it. It comes more naturally for most people because you just have to use cup. And you, and even the sound as, as you grow up, you are so accustomed to saying, okay, so cachaca, And then you almost like being daffy doc or that's what I used to do when I was younger. And my friend used to always emulate, do, do, impression. So that's how he came up with that sound. So go. So you're basically tightening the sides of your mouth and releasing. So it's hard to explain are shown. But you're basically tightening the sides. But then you really release on okay, crew. And then you can really make variations with that. And make change the shape of your mouth to make different versions of a rim shot snare. So I'm literally just changing the shape of my mouth to an O or a tighter. As I smile. That's really all there is to it. And then you put it into B. And again, use a tempo. And then you go, you break it down and then go into your main. Just so it's a good way to start off something. So yeah, Hope you like that. That's the rim shot. You can do a lot with it. And then eventually once you get that perfect, you can do more advanced snares, such as the inward snare, which is coming after which that's the inward. That's out. That's inward. So it's pretty much the same area in your mouth. It's just a different technique. It's harder, but we'll get into that later. 6. Throat kick & Shaker: This is going to be the throat. This is also a lot easier than starting off the boom cake or that this is actually probably the first kick I emulated. It came naturally to me. So it's relatively kinda like you're gulping. So you can feel your Adam's apple. But you basically say an NGO. And you, you tighten your, your Adam's apple. And then again, if you say mg R, Now, if you are able to keep on key, unfortunately I'm not very good when it comes to keeping on key. I just make an NG sound. I don't really know what K0, I1. So and then I changed again. Same thing what I did with the RE-AIM shots. Now I'm doing with the throat cake. Sum, we just woo. And then that leads to more variations coming up with different sounds. I'm actually mixing it with the rim shot. And then while I'm doing the NG sound, I'm also tightening my sides. Like how I do the rim shot am, am. And that's other sounds you can make. So it's literally being just more creative, thinking out of the box and combining stuff. It's almost like doing combos. If you were into video games and street fighter and moral convert wherever. But you get the idea. It's mixing up sounds. Again, I'm, I'm doing something else. I'm literally just closing up my mouth a little bit, making that sound. So my my lower lip is hitting my my incisors. Cool. So I'm going to keep this as short as possible. Of course, some of the things I just did, a very simple stuff, but you put it together and it just sounds amazing. So I'm doing really basic stuff, which is the throat kick. I added some shaker. And literally just having, as I said earlier, my my incisors hitting the lower leg and then having some air inside my mouth to make that that shaker sound. And then I used the anti unjust having my tongue the sides of my tongue. These parts, hitting my molars at the back, making that sound. I think a lot of people not do that. So yeah, just experiment. And I'm sure you're going to come up with a lot of sounds and speak creative. 7. Inward Snare: Cool. I think you guys have a lot of sounds in your toolbox now it's time to go into some more advanced stuff. So this is the inward snare and how you do this is really tough. I took time to learn this. I did not learn this on my own, but I'm doing these skill share videos because I just feel like, especially for newbies, if you're in school, you need something to learn. It's basically using, as I, as I told you earlier in the rim shot snare video. So if you go like donald dot, if you are able to do that, then it's time. You, you're able to do the sound which is, instead of going outwards, you're going inward. So so you go inward, but then you tighten it. And then once you break that down, he do it slowly a few times. And also you will start coughing the first few times you do it because it's very uncomfortable for the first few times you do this. It's just, it's very weird. It's not, it's not normal to do something like this. Slowed down if you don't get it the first month. And then you again, once you get that down, That's how it should sound, sound really tight. And it shouldn't sound like you're just shouldn't sound half-baked. So churns out like that. No. I mean, if you want to make it sound like that, go ahead. Whatever its beat boxing. But I'm just saying that's usually what b boxes do they and then you've got different shapes again. So and then you, this is probably what you've seen on YouTube or maybe on TV. I don't know. So that's how you're able to breathe and keep going because that inward sound, let's you do multiple patterns and just let you keep going. These skill share videos are pretty much for newbies and people who want to get started. So yeah, hope you enjoyed that. And hopefully my next video is going to be a little bit more advanced. 8. Click Rolls: What I clicked rows, you can use either your left side of the amount or the right side of your mouth. And you're literally doing that. Again, this took me ages. So this is what doggy, fresh and pretty much perfected and use your using the side of your tongue. And you're hitting it behind your molar. Either you write molar and if you're using the left side, your left molar. So I know this took me time for some people. Some people can't even do it. They use the top of their tongue and hit the roof of their mouth. Oh, that's what they do. For me. Luckily, I know comes naturally for me to just do that and I got it. So we will. So and then to perfect it, like how doggy fresh would do it is you are able to keep it on time. So so anymore practice that with that, I should be able to just have make one-click and not have several Clegg zone Ni practice, but I still got it. And then you can put into a bead. Sounds really cool. So you can do stuff. You can do a lot. Actually with the click role is not just clicking. You can make a helicopter sound. The sound is basically you're doing the click, but then you, you inhale, like how are you? Yeah, you just inhale. So and then you make that sound right. Instead of clicking you, you have your tongue hitting the right molar. In my case, hearing the right molar, getting that position and then you inhale. And then what you're able to do is you can change the shape of your mouth. You put your mouth, whistle position. So are like telephone ringing. You know, there's so many variations is literally about practicing figuring out what you wanna do with it. And yeah, just maybe emulating sounds you hear in music that you listen to. And that's about it. He practicing. 9. Synths & Effects: Right? So these are some other sound effects. And these are not something you have to perfect, But of course can definitely help you have variations in your toolbox or I like to use a lot is the using the tip of your tongue and hearing it on the top of your roof of your mouth. And this really helps me because I can do different things with it. So again, using the shape of your mouth. But then I can. So how I'm doing that is I'm literally making sure the shape of my mouth is and, oh, and, uh, I'm, I'm making a sound. Wherever key, if you can, if you know what key you're on, that's even better. I don't know. And then you blow air through your nose so you're able to get a certain some air and it's not, it's not a flat sound so or you can do stuff like. So. Again, if, if you're not able to do that, you can. And literally like saying shush or faith. So again, sound effects of or like a machine gun or like some sort of eighties rock sound. I want to start putting your stuff online, whether it be some Instagram story or even something on YouTube. It really helps to have very variations in your sound. To another sound you can use. A lot is the, it's, it's somewhat of a base kick or just amplifying it. So instead of going, you go. So you are using your throat Again. If you're new to this, it's a little bit alarming and I am a Norma. And awareness. Again, you, you basically change the shape of the cavity or your mouse or so, but you sound like a didgeridoo, for example, sound effects. All these things really help make you different individual when it comes to beat boxing. And just as a musician, if you think about it because you're finding some stuff that you like, some stuff you don't really like to do, some stuff that bee boxes do that. I don't really like men and also I can't do that to be honest. Like, I can't like it's it's insane. Like patterns somewhere really going in pattern somewhere really good at doing stuff that is just, you know, I can't even comprehend how they do it. So really just find stuff that you, you are comfortable doing or enjoy doing. You should be able to enjoy what you're doing. So I enjoy the sound effects. Find Your Own. And yeah, just have fun. 10. Scratching: Alright, so my last video for the series for beginning beginners is scratching. So this is something, I mean, it depends on person to person. So I started off doing a basic scratch noise, which is so I'm literally using eye like I'm whistling or like you're gonna call someone like. But I just and again, I change the shape of my mouth to get different variations of the scratch. And I, for some reason when I feel like I'm scratching or emulating the sound, it just feels better because you think that you actually scratching when you're not, you use the shape of your mouth. Change tried to change the pitch. So I also do a throat kick to give it some variation. That's a basic scratch. Now if you want to get to a more advanced scratch, that means you're going to have to use the vowels. So in this case, or my vows, AEIOU, There you go. You use, used about so like if you're gonna say E, a, E, I or O, allow. So that's how you sounds weird, but that's how you start practicing. And then you can go into words and or just emulate tracks of example fresh, so afresh for some people it's hard to comprehend, but you do it slowly. So, so I am basically changing that tempo. I'm not just going like I'm changing the pace. So I know that a is comments. So I know F h is fresh, but it sounds like i'm going for an a of afterward. So when I know I'm going to the vowel, i go high page, so I go, I don't go for fresh. That sounds weird. You go high and then you bring it down low. So when you end it, that's when you go to a lower pitch. And that's literally what you just keep doing, gets even better when you have another beat boxer. Or you just have a boom bam bead looping and then you just, you know, luckily in my case, my wife is digit so I can just scratch and she placed boom, map. You can go for the basic, which is and then you, before the advanced, you go with a vowel. So looking up upon key pressed upon our Nan and you don't even have to always use words. You can just change the pitch. So you're literally tightening your throat. So that's almost like you're nudging the turntables. I can even do that. I'm not I'm just using the like like as if you're coughing, like but then you modulating, I'm creating different sound with things that I already do in a day-to-day basis. So like if I'm coughing and I just tighten it so when you type, it's almost like sampling. If you think about it, is the same thing you just literally sampling in real-time. You don't have to be a producer and do it on a software, you're going, you're doing it on your own. So so instead of going excuse me, excuse me, she cook. So I hope you enjoyed and I'll see you on the next one. 11. Microphone Techniques: Okay, I almost forgot. I'm gonna take out this. I forgot to show you Mike technique. So luckily the wife told me, hey, you didn't mention anything about microphone. So this is a short, better 58 a and there's so many mics out right now. It doesn't have to be a short microphone. But of course, these guys had been in the game for a long time. This I haven't used for a long time because Well, right now you can't even get events. There might be some events coming, hopefully. All right. So there are different ways to hold the mike. I prefer. Mean, in this case, I hold it with my three fingers and put my pinky down. And that's how I hold it. And then I just have my thumbs closing in and I guess do that. And this basically focuses all the sound in one area. I'm using a microphone, which is a super cardioid. As cardioid, there's different types of microphones, so make sure you're using. First of all, it should be a dynamic microphone and not a condenser mike. Condenser mics are really sensitive like this one that I'm using right now, which is a road and TG Mike, it looks like it's pretty close to me, but I've got about 30 cm. It picks up really well. But of course, I would only use this if I were at home If it's literally a studio microphone. Yeah, just for voiceovers, other types of necessities such as an explainer video. So this is one way of holding it and it's really good because then you can use your other hand to do other scratching and feel like you're emulating a sound. And then I can also like, and then put it near my throat, get the throat cake, and then come back around. So that dynamic and really helps, especially if you're a showman. I should do that a lot when I was doing a lot of gigs and performing and that really gets the crowd. So that's why Mike tactics, techniques are so important, I would say because they really help you do a show and perform and show what you've what you're capable of. Two fingers only if you're comfortable like that. Some people completely, you know, hold the mike like that and then just go through one area. But I don't really like that because it really muffle sound unless that is something you wanna do. So again, being creative, thinking out of the box, you can always hold like that to give like a stereo, like old megaphone or stereo sound as a B balls. So you're going to have saliva. You're going to have things happening with this microphone. Of course, when you add a gig, they're gonna give you my now because it's overseas and I guess it's also good to invest and a microphone because then you can make sure it's clean. You can bring your own spray and whatever the cases, but I think that's eventually what's going to happen. Get better at performing, performed in front of a mirror or even doing something like this where you've got a camera and you're just recording yourself. It always helps just to see how you look, give you ideas on how to better yourself in front of a camera or in front of the mirror. And that will always come through when you perform in front of people because they're gonna see like OK, this guy prepared. He knows what to do with his hands. He's emulating sounds and then he, you know, he knows Aramaic, let say a bird song or helicopter son. And you're not just putting the light coming from afar. And it's coming closer and then goes away, do some action or movement with your hands. I used to be in a hip hop group, so I don't always get to I didn't wrap, but I would do things with my microphone, do a stance, and then do something like that and come back with it. So it really helps knowing different things to do with the microphone and hope that helps you. 12. Outro skillshare richie: Alright guys, thank you so much for staying tuned in. I really hope that you enjoyed this episode series for beginners learning the basics on the kick, the snare drum and some advanced stuff such as the inlet snare click roll. Hopefully if you guys like this ten series episode, I'll do more. Key practicing, being creative, especially during this crazy period where you pretty much have to stay home, stay safe, do whatever you think will improve your lifestyle and your skills at home. If this somehow benefited you, it would be great if you could follow me on my socials. So that's here. A, B, H, IRA BAT you get you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, unskilled share. And yeah, just keep tuned in and hope to do more of these pis out.