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Beatboxing: Beat Patterns

Beatboxing: Beat Patterns

Learn the basic beat patterns for beat boxing over this short video. Once you've learnt the basic beat box sounds here are a few tips on how to put them into some well-known beat patterns. Learn how to beat box and then challenge your friends to a beat box battle with VideoJug's help.

Step 1: Hip-Hop

Hip-hop beats tend to be quite slow and punchy, something you can really rock your head to and an MC can rap to. Start with a snare sound, you can use any snare as long as it sounds good in the beat. Then add double kicks, two kickdrums in quick succession.

Step 2: Drum N' Bass

After hip-hop drum n' bass is worthy learning next, as it can be a far more impressive skill. It starts with a loop using the classic snare and the kickdrum. When you have the basic beat you can start adding fill-ins. Start with hi-hats, then once you've mastered that you can add a TK fill-in. This is made by making a T and a K sound in very fast succession. Don't limit yourself to the classic snare, use any snare you want, just have fun with it and really mix up your beats.

Step 3: House / Dance

This beat uses basic drum machine noises like the kickdrum and hi-hat, and the sounds are panned out to give the beat a more dancey feel. It's quite boring on it's own, so once you've mastered it you can move on to techno beats.

Step 4: Techno

This can take a variety of different patterns, but it's best to start with a basic kickdrum rhythm. Then add inward snares. This sounds a bit more interesting, but then add hi-hats to really bring the beat together. Then add a TK fill-in. Also, to make it more interesting, add a falsetto noise above the kickdrums, then shorten it.