Standard Beatbox Notation

Standard Beatbox Notation

Standard beatbox notation was created by beatboxers Mark Splinter and Gavin Tyte. It lays out the many combinations of plosives (punchy, short sounds) and fricatives (longer, continuous sounds) in an easy-to-read format. It also includes symbols for breathing, rests, and breaks in beat patterns.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    The kickdrum sound in beatboxing uses only the air in your mouth, expelled forcefully through the lips. (0:27)

  • 2

    To make the hi-hat beatboxing sound, press your tongue against the back of your teeth and pronounce a hard "t". (0:59)

  • 3

    Timing and breathing techniques are as essential to good beatboxing as the sounds themselves. (2:17)

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