My Thoughts | Let's try that out: Learning to Beatbox without prior experience

Updated: Jun 30, 2020

Beatbox is a form of vocal percussion primarily involving the art of mimicking drum machines (according to Wikipedia). And obviously, I do not know how to beatbox... but it really sparked my interest recently due to you guessed it.. Tik Tok. RIGHT, that's so stupid but the truth is the truth.

So today, since i'm enclosed in my house for the lockdown, I went up to Tik Tok to take a look at some funny videos. Then, I came across my man, Spencer X, and boy is he good at making weird noises with his mouth that create grooving melodies to my ears (yes that's how I describe it -_-). This got me quite excited about beatbox. So, as a result, I went up to the Internet to search for beatboxing tutorial.

So first, what I found was my man...AGAIN. Here's the video I watched:

Honestly, I couldn't really grasp what he was saying cause the video was so FREAKING SHORT. But I tried my best and what I learnt from the video are these: the kick, the snare and the high hat. At the start of the video, he told me to have fun since we were learning the FUNdamentals but nope it was terrifying. My kicks were full of spit and my snares and high hats made me sound like I was choking on a popsicle. It took me literally 1 hour just to learn the kick to the point that it sounded decent (yea basically it still sounded like crap). But anyways, after seeing this, I knew that my man Spencer wasn't cut out for teaching so I headed to another video. So i scrolled down the Youtube page and found this:

After seeing this dude wearing a shirt and glasses in the thumbnail, I knew I had to click on it. HE IS THE BEATBOXING NERD so he gotta be good at teaching. Hence, I started watching the video and I realized his video was much more in depth and at a slower pace. So basically my man was teaching the same stuff as Spencer but better. So i progressed. Later that day, I wanted to try out something even harder, the DUBSTEP BASS ( and it was the worst decision I've ever made). So to learn it, I checked out this video:

So, when I first saw the video, I was like "This video is 6 mins long, that's too much time wasted" so I proceeded to skip to the part where he started saying "WA WA WA" and I started from there. Of course, after like 10 mins of trying, I wasn't getting anywhere so I went on to watch the video. So after watching the first 3 mins, I realized that all he taught was to STRETCH THE THROAT and I was so done. Yeah that's the end of my beatboxing journey- it ended really abruptly and sadly as well.

So the point of the blog is: BEATBOX IS HARD. Thanks for reading my blog and as always subscribe to my newletter if you like this type of content!

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