Hey peeps, dub fx here. Here are some simple techniques I used to learn how to beat box. Also check out Mal Webb for other interesting sounds and techniques! Peace...
Beat Boxing 101 - by Dub Fx:
- "BABOONS AND PIGS"
- "BOUNCING CATS"
- "BORN TO BE CLEVER TO CLEVER TO BE TO CLEVER, TO BE BORN TO BE CLEVER TO……"
- "BORN TO CLEVER TO CLEVER, BORN TO CLEVER TO CLEVER"
- "BORN TO BE TO CLEVER TO BE TO BORN TO BE TO CLEVER TO BE…."
- CHANGING "CLEVER" WITH "POSH" OR "PUFFY"
- "BORN TO PUFFY TO PUFFY, BORN TO POSH TO POSH"
more useful tips:
- Try to expel as little air as you can from your mouth.. microphones work by vibrating with the frequencies they pick up, wind or blowing breath into a mic can make it vibrate without sound which distorts what the mic is able to pick up and their for reproduce through a sound system…
- Experiment with hand placement around the mic, some sounds benefit from not covering the mic grill at all, while other sounds benefit from cupping the mic grill..
- Don't get so wrapped up with being fast! the most important thing with beatboxing and drumming is "groove" being able to make people move to your rhythms is way more impressive then how many sounds you can squeeze into 4 bars. focus on grooves that have funk and soul in them. listen to tracks you like and try to make those beats… often the simplest ones are the best! chad smith from red hot chill peppers is a great example of this!
- Be open minded to trying new ideas and sounds, your voice and mouth is unique and has all kinds of crazy sounds you can unlock, just practice every day and never give up!
- Get involved with using FX, their are hundreds of beatboxers out there trying to do everything with just their voice, this is cool but giving your self more options can make you sound unique, and most of all it means your not at the mercy of the sound man or pa system in what ever club your playing at. you don't need crazy amounts of FX the basics are enough i.e., EQ, Compression, Reverb, Chorus, Delay…
- Have fun!
- Here you can find other tutorials I have done for asklubo.com: warming up your voice & explaining how to set up street set-up