How do you properly manage breathing?

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    I’ve been beatboxing for around 3ish years now, and I have always found this one of the more tougher concepts to get right. How does one have a good balance of breath and beats?

    I know you need a good amount of inward and outward techniques. However, some patterns demand more inward than outward and vice versa.

    What works for you?


    Green Beatbox

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    Good question.  A lot of beatboxers, once they understand the whole “inward sound” and “outward sound” concepts to control breathing, still struggle with maintaing a balance of the two types of sound while also making a beat sound fresh.

    I’ve been beatboxing for 15 years and started before my lungs were strong enough to create sounds that suck it or push out air.  Through this, I’ve found that it’s not so much about sounds that suck in air versus those that blow out air, but rather the most important sounds are those which don’t allow air to enter/exit your lungs at all.  Sounds like tiny clicks, pushing air between teeth, smacking your lips, etc.  The “spit snare” that Gene uses is a good example.  These sounds won’t disrupt your airflow, and I’ve found them to be the secret to getting complex, fast beats without running out of breath.

    Let me know if this makes sense!  I can post an audio sample if you’d like!

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    That makes sense to me! I would love to hear an audio sample if you’re offering! 😀


    Jon Park

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    Green makes a great point. The concept of circular breathing should also be noted. Instead of breathing in air just in your lungs, fill your entire diaphragm. Chris Celiz put it this way – pretend your body is a vase and you start by filling the bottom most part of you to the very top.

    By grasping this concept, you will realize how much power you can put in your sound when rapidly releasing air out of your diaphragm. Try putting your hand on your tummy and doing a strong ‘B.’ You’ll notice the difference.

    Also, a good exercise is trying to beatbox while breathing a single stream of air out of your nose then after the beat is done, do the same beat while breathing in through your nose.

    This is perhaps video worthy material!

    Jon Park

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    Recently I’ve been playing around with the inward k snare, trying to make it cleaner and come up with some variations.

    Obviously the inward k can be used to inhale air, but I also use an “outward” inward k snare to exhale if I need to. The mechanics of it are exactly the same, but instead of inhaling after the ‘pop’ of the snare, you exhale into a hi hat/cymbal. It basically sounds like a rimshot and cymbal being hit at the exact same time.

    It’s a cool and pretty unique sound (I’ve never seen or heard anyone else do it). And it allows me to use the simple snare both to inhale, and to exhale.



    I’ve also been working on my pf snare, making it sound a lot louder and more powerful without using my lungs. This means I can inhale quickly while doing a pf snare, without making the snare sound rubbish. Of course, the pf snare can be used with an exhale too, to get rid of extra air.

    I got the idea because snares are used in every single beat that I do, so if I can use snares to regulate air, I can regulate air in any beat.

    Tryin to make a change :-\

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