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CL snare | Inward Classic Handclap

The inward CL snare or the inward classic handclap, is a slight variation of the percussive K snare. Since it is strictly percussive and there is no intake of air, it is versatile and particularly useful in fast beats.

Standard Beatbox Notation (SBN)

Inward Classic Handclap { ^CL }

Loud Handclap { ^CLh }

How it's done

Inward Classic Handclap

  1. Place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth as if saying 'cl' as in 'clap'.
  2. Close off your airway with your tongue.
  3. Use your tongue muscles to suck in either side of your tongue.
  4. Quickly release the air into the back of your mouth and throat.

Loud Handclap

  1. Put your tongue against the top of your mouth against your top front teeth; this should mean your tongue is pretty much covering the top of your mouth
  2. Inhale using your lungs. Obviously your tongue will stop the air getting through - this is a good thing!
  3. Sharply let the air around both sides of your tongue at the same time to get the base of the inward handclap
  4. Shorten it and sharpen it to get the initial "kch" sound, inhaling for longer to add a "shh" afterwards.


1 comment

  1. Alchemy 24 March, 2019 at 10:42

    How is this different to the inward K snare? And what exactly is the difference between the inward hand clap, percussive outward K inward, K rimshot, and inward K snare? And where does the Kenny Mohammed snare fit into all this sincei have heard it described as slightly different from the way most beatboxers today execute their inward k’s

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