How To Rap: Catching The Beat

Can You Catch It?

One very important technique to acquire when learning how to rap is figuring out how to catch the beat. There is no right or wrong way to do this. The three main ways that I catch the beat is before the kick drum, on top of the kick drum or slightly after the kick drum. In this video I give you a real live example of my methods of doing this.

It’s important to be able to identify where the beginning of each bar actually is. Remember there are 4 beats in each bar and typically the first beat is the kick drum, the second beat is the snare drum, the third beat is the kick drum and the 4th beat is the snare drum. Pretty simple right? When listening to an instrumental pay close attention to the snare drum and it will usually give you a clear indication of the beat structure.

Need A Free Beat To Practice To?

If you would like a beat to practice to I threw together one really quick You can get it here when you download a free copy of my eBook. All it consists of is a kick and snare drum for learning purposes. This beat may help you if you are having difficulties catching the beat and coming up with rhythms. Every time that you hear the turntable effect that means that you just listened to 8 bars. After Each 8 bars the drum pattern switches up to other common Hip Hop drum styles.  This will allow you to keep getting familiar with establishing tempo and rhythm with different drum patterns.

Need Professional Beats To Practice To?

If you would like to practice to professional industry quality beats then head on over to my beat store. You don’t have to buy anything but you will have full access to 30 instrumentals which will give you a wide range of different style beats to practice to. I hope that you find this video helpful. Is there something in particular you would like me to cover in a future installment of Be A Better Rapper Now? Got a question? Just leave your 2 cents in the comments section below and I will get right back to you. Cheers to being a better rapper now!

    • Grade A I was ecstatic when I seen that you commented on my blog! That’s how you know you have arrived lol thanks so much for watching this tutorial I’m glad you enjoyed it bro!

    • Thanks so much! I sincerely appreciate your encouraging words and support! I will keep the content coming! Is there anything that you would be interested in me covering more of in the future?

  • So do I rap on the snare? After the snare? Before the snare? Does it depend on the person? I really don’t know tbh.

  • Yo I’m trying to be a new upcoming rapper to extend the heart mind and soul idea by adding the element of spirit in hip hop think you can help out with that bro?

    • Hey Jalen, sure thing bro! I have lots of awesome free content here on my website and I also offer 1 on 1 coaching and you can always reach out with any questions your may have and I’ll do my best to answer them for you. 🙂 – Cole Mize

  • Bro this is some good work, have you worked with rappers before, also how’s the best way to record music without any expensive studio equipment

  • ok, so I’m fairly decent at doin double time stuff, but I can alway’s get better at it, so w that bein said I would like to see ya touch on doin double time, and/or the different aspect’s of doin double time, if possible. i.e. how to become faster, and/or more fluent w out becomin a mushed mouth mumble rapper, and/or gettin tongue tied when doin double time. how to pronunciate, and/or articulate syllable’s, and word’s clearer w out sacrificin rhythm, and/or fallin off beat when doin double time. as well as, maybe givin some example’s of a few of the different melody’s, cadence’s, and/or flow’s that you are familiar w, and/or may have in your arsenal to use when doin double time.

    long time fan, student, and subscriber.

    as an up, and comin aspirin hip hop recordin artist your tutorial’s, and knowledge of just music in general has helped me out more time’s than I can count.

    I still watch your, for a lack of a better word, “beginner” turorial’s to this day to make sure that there’s nothin I may have missed when previously watchin. as well as, to keep all of the thing’s that I have learned from previously watchin your “beginner” tutorial’s polished.

    thank you for all that you’ve done, and for all that you continue to do for artist’s such as myself, and for the countless number of other artist’s around the world that you’ve been able to help.

    Special K

  • I can rap but my mouth produces alot of saliva that might end up destroying my flow and loose interest what should I do couch

  • Hey, Bro Actually I would like to know if you can do the breakdown of the rappers beat with the vocals. Somewhat like in that you’ll be telling us that here the beat started and the rapper started rapping and here he switched his flow after 4 or 8 bars or things like this in his rap song only. It will be very helpful for me. Please try bro if you can. The only problem that might strike here is copyright try to do something about if you can bro. Lots of love from India.

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