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Inward K Snare

The inward K snare or inward rimshot is a replication of a strong rim shot done by creating a percussive sound through concentrated pressure of the vocal chords and breathing in for a powerful follow through.

This sound is versatile because it allows you to take in a full breath of air without interrupting your routine and is one of the most common sounds in the beatbox world.

Standard Beatbox Notation (SBN)

{ ^Kh }

How it's done

  1. Put your tongue against the top of your mouth
  2. Suck in air from using your lungs and snap your tongue away from the side of your mouth to get the "K" sound
  3. Follow through with an inhale to create the lingering "shh" snare effect. As the air rushes over your tongue you'll get plenty of air and the nice sound!

Pro tip: Try breathing in a short burst of air through only one side of the tongue and throat to create a sharper and more concentrated sound.

The outward 'K' Snare is made by making a 'k' sound and breathing out at the same time so it's 'k' + breath sound. The Inward 'k' Snare is made exactly the same way but by making a 'k' sound and breathing in.

The inward K snare is a tricky sound to get the hang of, but it means you can beatbox forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and... you get the point.

Peace, love, and a breath of fresh air

Video tutorials

Other helpful videos:

TylaDubya's Tutorial

Orthobox Tutorial

Fat Tony's Tutorial





  1. Baudo 13 August, 2017 at 07:04

    Hi,is the kenny muhammad snare another name for the inward k snare? If not,is the kenny snare still commonly used or it has mostly been replaced by the ^k snare?

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