Voice Complaints, Vocal and Non-vocal Behaviours Among Beatboxers – A Preliminary Study

Radish K. Balasubramanium, Siona Benita Dsouza, Ananya Rao, Samantha J.L. Saldanha, Najiya Jahan, Edna Thomas, Dhanshree R. Gunjawate

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Abstract

Introduction: Beat boxing is an art of vocal percussion, which involves imitating musical instruments using oral structures. They use techniques like click rolls and trills which involves the usage of entire vocal apparatus for a longer period making use of the human body as a versatile physical instrument to recreate musical beats as well as vocal expressions. The aim and objectives of the present study were to develop a questionnaire and to profile the voice complaints, vocal and non-vocal habits among beatboxers in India. Method: A cross-sectional study design was used to profile the voice complaints, vocal and non-vocal habits among beatboxers in India. Phase I involved questionnaire development and validation. Phase II involved data collection and analysis. Results: Thirty-seven beatboxers from India participated of which 70.27% were trained. The beatboxers reported of beatboxing musical instruments such as; flute/trumpet, harmonica, guitar, and drums. The commonly practiced vocal techniques was bass (22.07%). Most common vocal complaints included vocal fatigue after long usage of voice (72.97%) and breathing difficulty after performance (86.49%). Further, 76.38% reported of using loud voice during performances. Poor non-vocal habits such as muscle tension during beatboxing (56.76%), breathing difficulty during beatboxing (45.94%). Two most common good non-vocal habits included food intake on time (78.38%) and use of relaxation techniques (72.97%) prior to performance. Conclusion: The present study was a preliminary attempt to profile the voice complaints, vocal and non-vocal habits observed in this upcoming profession of beatboxing. Further, studies are needed to explore the voice of these professionals from a multidimensional perspective.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Voice
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Speech and Hearing
  • LPN and LVN

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