If you’re hoping to become a beatboxing pro, there’s no better place to begin than–well, the beginning! If you haven’t already, check out How to Beatbox, Part 1 to learn how to make a classic snare drum beat.
Also check out How to Beatbox, Part 2, which covers both the kick drum and the hi-hat. Of course, you don’t want to stop learning just yet, do you? There are still many sounds you’ll want to learn in order to know how to beatbox properly–and the bass drum is next in line!
The Bass Drum
First, press your lips tightly together. Now, simultaneously close your jaw and push your tongue forward. This will create a pressure which will allow you to make a powerful bass drum sound.
Next, part your lips just enough to allow the sound to escape out the side of your mouth before closing your lips again. Like the other sounds, you’ll want the bass drum to be quick and powerful. Don’t let the air escape too much or else the sound may be too airy or, dare we say, “fart-like.” The bass drum should be short, quick, and powerful.
As a note, if the sound doesn’t sound quite like a bass drum, there are a few things you may be doing wrong. First, try relaxing your lips to see if it will make a difference. If that doesn’t work, try tightening your lips to create more pressure.
There are, of course, other variations to making the bass drum sound, but this is one way to do it. Practice incorporating all of the sounds you’ve learned so far to begin realizing beatboxing as one of your new hobbies.