**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
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
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