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USING BEATBOXING TO READ AND FIGURE OUT A DRUM PART

 

If you can say it you can play it. I use this beat-boxing technique (beat-box is a way of using the mouth and voice to make drum sounds) to figure out music passages or explain them to pupils. The obvious problem in beat-boxing is that by its nature it is linear ( see: http://jasonhorsler.tripod.com/id40.html ). You cannot really make the sound of a hihat AND a bass drum at the same time. So to utilize this technique you have to choose which of the two sounds are more important for your figuring. See the yellow line in the examples below.

For the actual onomatopoeia sounds you may already have your own but I have found using these simple ones and always using them as a standard, helps me in my teaching and understanding. The bass drum ‘do’ rhymes with ‘you’.  The toms will be just tom tom tom tom etc but are sung according to pitch so that the high tom is sung with a high note and the floor tom with an appropriate low note.

Quick bursts of any of the sound-words result in shortened versions of the words for example: do cha d-do do cha t-tom t-tom t-om ch-ch-ch-ch-cha.

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