How To: Beatbox the Basic Sounds (Kick Drum, Hi-hat & Rimshot)

Beatbox the Basic Sounds (Kick Drum, Hi-hat & Rimshot)

This video teaches the bare basic sounds for beatboxing and gives you some simple beats to start practicing with.

To help you out with timing, use the online metronome at

Here's how you make the sounds:

Step 1 Kick Drum

Make a "buh" sound.  It's like saying "boo" without the "oo".  Build up pressure behind your lips to make it louder.

Step 2 Hi-hat

Make a simple "t" sound for the closed hi-hat.  Add a hiss afterward for the open hi-hat.

Step 3 Rimshot

Make a "kuh" sound using the back of your tongue.  If you are having trouble, push the back of your tongue against the top of your mouth and force air from your throat over it.  You should get a kind of "strangling" sound.  Make this sound shorter and you'll have the rimshot perfectly.

This was the very first video I made in my beatboxing tutorial series, so if you want to see a newer and updated version, check it out here on YouTube.

Described as "[one] of the finest exponents of the hip-hop discipline" by YouTube's music blog, Fat Tony's tutorial series is THE definitive guide to learning how to beatbox.  As featured on and

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