How To Beatbox #2 : Basic Beats

So you’ve just learnt the basics (B, T, K, Pf) of the art of beatboxing but now what? Are you just supposed to keep trying to learn new sounds and confuse or impress people with the ability you have? Or is there a way to use these sounds to make music that those same people can bob their head to? Well, look no further because BbxIndia has got you covered!

Before we get into the different types of beat patterns that you can do, its important to try and understand that for the following exercise we will divide the 1-2-3-4 counting that we are familiar with into ‘1-&-2-&-3-&-4-&’ where we can fill up each alpha numeral with a sound. So, let’s begin!

For many people, this exercise is made easier by using a metronome. We recommend using something around 60 beats per minute, and work your way up to doing these fast. Consistency is more important than speed, especially while you’re learning, and clean basics will help you much more than showy patterns at this point.

A quick recap of the symbols and the sounds –

B – Kick-drum

T – Hi-hat

K – K snare, we recommend the inward K snare

Pf – Pf snare

1.

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
B T K T B B K T

 

2.

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
B T Pf T B B Pf T

 

3.

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
B T K Pf T T K Pf

 

4.

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
B T Pf K T B Pf K

 

5.

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
B T K Pf T B K Pf

 

6.

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
B K Pf T K Pf T B

 

7.

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
B Pf T K T K B Pf

 

8.

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
B Pf T K T K Pf B

 

9.

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
B T T Pf K T K Pf

 

10.

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
B T B Pf K T B T

 

If these are weird and confusing, try breaking these patterns down into groups of two counts and four counts, instead of trying all eight counts. You’ll also be able to find plenty of basic beat patterns on YouTube, or by asking other beatboxers. You don’t have to use only these patterns — these are just guiding posts, to help you get started on practising the basic sounds, and creating your own beats.

 

Other than practicing these beat patterns, something that could also help is jamming along to your favourite music, be it replicating the same beat patterns or making your own. We advice you to do it when you’re enjoying music on your own, though and not when you’re with you friends.

 

Happy practising!

 

– Vadsu

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