How To Rap – Dissecting Beats

Taking The First Step

When you are learning how to rap you may find it difficult at times when deciding how you should rap to an instrumental. We have all been there and none of us are exempt from this hurdle. However I would like to discuss a technique that works for me quite often, I simply call it “dissecting beats”.

Planting Your Feet

When using this technique I simply load up an instrumental and start listening for the snare drum which typically falls on the 2nd and 4th beat. This allows me to easily establish my 4 count. If you are unaware of what counts are please take a moment and watch this video on musical time  Once I establish my 4 count I then double it into an 8 count, also known as “double time”. Once I have established my 8 count I then double that into a 16 count which is technically “triple time” from the original.

Gaining Insight

The reason I do this exercise is because it’s kind of like surveying the land. It allows me to get a quick feel for what type of music and cadences i’m working with and therefore allows me to have the insight necessary to make a decision on whether or not I feel like the track fits me as an artist. Now while i’m doing this I am also scatting aka trying on the beat. If you don’t know what that is then watch this video on understanding cadence.

Also please keep in mind that you don’t have to commit to only one musical time such as a 4 count, 8 count or 16 count. In fact you can switch them up even within the same bar if you want! Many artists do this. This technique is simply just a way to gauge what ever instrumental that you are listening to in order to better understand the possibilities that are being presented to you in musical time.

How Did I Do?

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