January 10, 2017 at 12:51 AM
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I listened to Reeps One speak a few months ago, and one of the best pieces of advice he gave was quality of your practice trumps quantity.
This means that there’s no real way to measure how long it will take to become proficient at beatboxing because length of practice doesn’t necessarily measure actual improvement. As Dkoy stated above, you can practice for 10 hours a day for a year but if you’re not honing in on your skills by working your tech, using a metronome, listening to other beatboxers, and ensuring mastery of each sound, then you’re not going to be as good as a beatboxer who practices for much less time but uses every minute wisely. (Ex: A beatboxer liprolls all the time when practicing but never actually gets their B t K and Pf sounds – or the basics – down well.)
Bottom line: Go at your own pace! Know that as long as you’re putting in your best effort, there’s no need to be upset if you’re not as good as you want to be. I like to set goals for myself, but if I can’t reach them but I know I’ve put in everything I’ve got, I’ll set a new goal and move on without being too upset. While it’s good to set goals for yourself, understand that your instrument is unique and what may take someone else 3 weeks to learn could take you 3 months, and that’s okay!