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Outward Click Roll

The outward click roll is a quick succession of percussive clicks done with the roof of your mouth and near the top of your teeth (alveolar ridge).

The two most notable variants to the outward click roll are the OD Bass and the trap hi-hat.

Standard Beatbox Notation (SBN)

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How it's done

  1. Put the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth that it just above your two front teeth (this is technically called the alveolar ridge).
  2. You want to put the sides of your tongue on the roof of your mouth as well. Don't put your whole tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, though. You need air in between the two in order to make the sound. Just make sure the edges of your tongue are all touching the roof of your mouth and there is a pocket of air in the middle. Once you've done that, apply some pressure with your tongue to make sure no air can escape.
  3. To make the sound you want to push the air out through the tip of your tongue (You know, the part that's touching the ridge). Apply a bit more pressure with your tongue and quickly release the tip of your tongue from the roof of your mouth. Not all the way, just a little; then quickly close it. If you remove your tongue too far or remove it for too long, all the air will woosh out and it will make the sound of a silent fart. If you do it correctly and put your tongue back quickly, you will get a click sound, and you will still have air left to make more clicks.

Video tutorial

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