Every beatboxer can tell you how addicting it is to learn new sounds.
When anyone learns a new skill or takes the path to master a new one, there’s a certain level of thrill and excitement that comes with it. But there is something unique when it comes to learning beatbox.
Let’s not discount the fact that there are dips and speed bumps along the way that may be discouraging, but the journey in its entirety is really an adventure.
Side note: if you’re in a beatbox rut, go over and watch BBK’s motivational video!
In this article, I’m going to present three reasons every beatboxer can give for why learning to beatbox comes with a certain thrill that not many others outside the community really understand.
You’re pushing the amazing capabilities of the human body
The ability to speak and sing is such a primal and fundamental trait, but surprisingly enough, though, is that beyond language and singing, we’ve barely touched the surface of the full capabilities of the human voice.
The creation of new sounds, exploration of new ways to create vocal synthesizers, laying down vocal basslines, or imitating a trumpet all push one’s body to the next level. The craftsmanship of these sounds tears down traditional conceptions of what the voice is capable of.
By creating or learning something new, you’re creating a new extension of yourself.
There’s great wonder in that.
New sounds open new paths to explore
The vast majority of beatbox sounds are combinations of numerous simpler sounds. By learning a new technique or sound, one opens the door to greater experimentation.
For example, learning how to roll your ‘R’s’ can turn into an oscillation, which is a technique that can be combined with vocalization or a ton of other sounds.
There’s this euphoric moment when a beatboxer learns a new sound. It’s kind of a combination of joy in achievement but also joy of wonder and creativity - a rush of new ideas for new routines and usages that may add a whole new dimension to your beatboxing.
Proving your identity
One of the greatest challenges beatboxers face is finding their true identity as an artist. Not everyone has the same journey, but through hard work and experimentation, many come to find their pathway to success.
There’s an unmatched rewarding feeling when you come up with a new sound or routine: naming it, owning it, and making it part of who you are.
Joy of innovation
The beatboxing journey is quite an adventure, filled with lots of ups and downs, where the ups heavily outweigh the downs. The joy in finding something new or even creating something new, is a feeling that we as beatboxers all cherish greatly.
What do you think, Human Beatbox family? What part of beatboxing makes you the happiest? Let us know in the comments below!