A lot of people in my Discord server ask me this question. “How do I improve?” I figured since a lot of people have asked me this, I may as well make a post on it answering “most” questions on the topic. I would just like to say that I am by no means the best beatboxer when it comes to this topic. I am far from the best if we put it at that but people ask me this a lot so I figured I may as well answer it. These are a few things that have helped me improve as a beatboxer and might help you as well.
- Get to meet new people. Learn to take their criticism.
Don’t be scared to go out there and ask for help. I know it looks scary but if you go to the right place, there we will be people willing to help you improve. You will be criticised in some ways and you will need to learn to take some of it in order to improve. Discord and TeamSpeak 3 servers are some of the best places to meet others. I don’t use TeamSpeak but I do use Discord and there are plenty of communities out there with tons of people that are willing to help. I have an entire post just dedicated to servers that you can check out right here.
- Watch videos of others. Point out the little things.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Learn to pick out the small things that people do like the sounds that they combo or ways that they act in battles to take the win. The more things you can point out and replicate yourself, the better of a beatboxer you will become. Knowing is really half the battle in this case. The other half is execution, how well you pull off everything.
- Don’t be afraid to try something new.
Innovation is what separates some beatboxers from the others. You don’t need to follow the trends like lip rolls, double voice, polyphonic voice, etc. Do you want a style based on sirens? Go for it. Try it out. Do you have a routine where the drop is inward voice and you want to try that? I’m not stopping you. Do you want to try a routine where the drop is quiet? I’m not too sure if anyone could really do it but it’s a concept that I’ve thought of for a bit but if you have one, go for it.
- Use online resources.
Oh, good old HBB. Human Beatbox has articles on a lot of topics and tutorials on different sounds and even patterns as well a bit of theory. A link to it will be right below this point but use it. It’s a really helpful resource that a lot of beatboxers use. Some of the articles are really interesting as well as their showcases of the week.
- Be your own judge.
If there’s one thing that I want you to take away from this article, it’s to combine all the points and be your own judge. In the end, you are the beatboxer and it’s your judgment that can set you apart from the others. You judge how good you are and how you compare yourself to others and where you are compared to others. Others are there to help you find that place. People are here for you and to help you improve but they are only willing to help you as much as you are willing to put in the effort and seek that help. It may seem scary at first but after a bit, you will be the one helping out others and that is a whole new experience.
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments or ask me on Discord. Other than that, thanks for reading.