How long will it take to become proficient at beatboxing?
December 30, 2016 at 6:44 PM #1319834
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I am very new to beatboxing and really want to start to learn much more. Before I forge on I would like to understand what kind of a time commitment I am signing up for. My two questions are:
1. If I practice for 30 minutes a day, how many days will it be until I know enough sounds well enough to preform to my friends?
2. At that rate of practice, how many days will it take for me to learn each new sound.
I know this may vary from person to person but a general range of time would be much appreciated. Thank you guys for all of your time and help!January 5, 2017 at 10:54 AM #1319946
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There is no way of telling how long. You can practice for 10 hours a day for a year and have less variety and flow to a person who’s been beatboxing for 1 week. Don’t force yourself to beatbox, just do it when you want to. Beatboxing is supposed to give you enjoyment and pleasure not another activity that you need to force yourself to practice daily. Depending on your passion and drive will directly impact how fast you learn.
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MaHnIeJanuary 10, 2017 at 12:51 AM #1320040
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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!
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