How To Beatbox – Boots ‘n Cats and Other Simple Sentences

How To Beatbox – Boots ‘n Cats and Other Simple Sentences

Beatboxing sentences

**Free downloadable beatboxing sentences below**

Lately I’ve been working hard to finish my iPad Projects in the Music Classroom ebook and one of the projects in the collection involves recording a beatbox backing track with the live looping app Loopy HD. I’ve been fascinated with the art of live looping my voice for a long time, but I’ve never been much of a beatboxer.

Some years ago I attended a workshop run by the fabulous Mal Webb – a multitalented local Melbourne artist – who teaches beatboxing through “beatbox sentences”. By saying a specific sentence in a rhythmic way and emphasising the consonants of each word you can create a beatbox pattern with your voice before you realise what you’re doing.

Some of Mal’s favourites include:

  • Don’t say guitar don’t suck a dung car
  • Bouncing pizza
  • Bouncing clouds

Take a look at Mal’s full list on his website here (and go catch him at a live gig!).

Boots ‘n cats

So, I thought it would be useful to include a list of beatboxing sentences in the iPad ebook that would make is easy for students to beatbox even if they had little or no experience.

It’s not exactly a unique concept. Many people are familiar with the use of the phrase “Boots ‘n cats ‘n” to create a simple rock beat. When I consulted Youtube for a possible video example of beatboxing sentences I came across the gem below this video.

PLEASE NOTE: Since posting this, it has been brought to my attention that there is mention (and accompanying graphic) of a female body part which I had missed when originally viewing the video. My apologies. The downloadable sheet music version below does not include this part of the video.

I ended up transcribing most of the variations into a printable 2-page score, which is available as a free download below.

Alternative “boots and cats” beatboxing video

If you would like a clean alternative to show your students, you could use this brief video and then teach the variations verbally yourself.

FREE Printable beatboxing sentences list

Click here to download your FREE Easy Beatboxing Sentences list

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By |2018-09-07T01:28:44+00:00August 5th, 2014|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas|18 Comments

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  1. Rosemary Kenna August 6, 2014 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Hi Katie
    Have heard these sentences a couple of years ago when the Flute Guild brought out Greg Pattillo to give some masterclasses at Monash in beatbox on flute Really great couple of days You have to practice it on the flute though because like me you lose the skill Those sentences really work verbally though Must get my woodwind kids to make up some others Great fro their articulation

    • Katie August 8, 2014 at 9:38 am - Reply

      That sounds great Rosemary. And I agree – you definitely need to practice!
      – Katie

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  4. Connor Tankard November 20, 2015 at 1:09 am - Reply

    This is awesome, really helped me! Thanks Katie!

    • Katie December 1, 2015 at 7:28 am - Reply

      You’re welcome Connor 🙂

  5. Emily December 7, 2015 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Hi Katie, I am having trouble downloading the 2 page beat boxing sentences. It takes me to a troubleshooting page and then emails me a garageband project link instead. 🙁 Are you able to email them or check the link? Thanks.

    • Katie April 6, 2016 at 12:07 pm - Reply

      Very belated reply sorry Emily! For some reason there were a few strange things going on with the download, but I think it’s all fixed now. Let me know if you’re still having problems.

  6. Becky January 23, 2016 at 12:52 am - Reply

    You are so great to be a great way to get the hang of it and I love you so much okay thanks for showing me how to beat box

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  8. Alayna November 25, 2016 at 8:02 am - Reply


  9. Alayna November 25, 2016 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Boots and cats

  10. Adele January 3, 2017 at 3:32 am - Reply

    OK I got it I think the cats boots and cats boots and cats to 💕

  11. Makayla April 12, 2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Bits and Chips is a great one! It doesn’t really have any purposeful meaning to it, but it sounds great, Try it!

    • Katie April 12, 2017 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      Nice one Makayla!

  12. Amy October 4, 2017 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Here’s a clean one that’s similar –

    • Katie October 7, 2017 at 12:44 pm - Reply

      Yes! I just discovered this one by accident a few weeks ago and have already used it in a couple of workshops. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

      • Amy October 9, 2017 at 10:00 pm - Reply

        I’m excited to try this with my year 3’s. They will love it!

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