A beginner's guide to beat patterns

A Beginners Guide to Beat Patterns

A Beginners Guide to Beat Patterns

by BigBud and TyTe

Edited and restructured by Devon Guinn

Introduction

This is a tutorial for people who are completely new to beatboxing. It can be difficult to find useful resources online, which is why we want to provide helpful guides here on humanbeatbox.com.  You can check out our sounds and beat patterns on on our techniques page for more!

Three Basic Sounds

First thing is first, lets learn some basic sounds:

Once you have learned the basic sounds, try doing these beginner practice beats.

Practice Beat 1:

B t K t B t K t
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4

 

As you can see, a letter or group of letters is used to represent each sound when we write out beats. This lets us practice or remember our beats, and share them with friends! You will notice that sometimes letters are capitalized and sometimes they aren't. This is to indicate emphasis. Capitalized letters mean that sound should be loud, and lowercase means that sound should be soft. This is slightly different from the original Standard Beatbox Notation. We have written out numbers under each sound so you know which "beat" (subdivision of time) each sound falls on.

Practice Beat 2:

B t t b K t t b
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4

 

Practice Beat 3:

B t K b K
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4

 

Practice Beat 4:

B t K t t t K t
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4

 

Practice Beat 5:

B t K b T b K t
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4

 

If you manage to learn the basic sounds you should be able, with practice, to perform each of these patterns. We have written out what beat each sound should fall on, so make sure you are keeping a steady tempo (or pace) throughout. We suggest trying with a metronome! Keep practicing!

Beginner Beats

Now try more complicated practice beats. Still, we will use the same 3 sounds. Again, we wrote out the count under each sound. We used "e," "&," and "a" to indicate further subdivisions other than 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Practice Beat 6:

B t B t K t t b K t b t K t t K
1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a

Practice Beat 7:

B t t K t t B t t K t t K t
1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a

 

Practice Beat 8:

B t t b K t t b t K b t K t t t
1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a

 

Practice Beat 9:

B t t t K t t t t t t t K t t b
1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a

 

Practice Beat 10:

B t t K t t b t K t t K t t b t
1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a

 

Make sure to practice slowly if you need to, and use a metronome (or find one online) to make sure you are keeping a steady tempo.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more practice beats, and don't be afraid to write your own!

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