Learn to Rap: Rap is a style of popular music where a recurring beat pattern provides the backing to rapid, slangy, and often boastful rhyming. Rapping can come from a mix of influences such as, elements of speech, prose, poetry and song, and is distinctive from spoken word poetry by the fact it’s performed in time to a beat. Below are some tips to help you learn to rap.
HOT TIP! Don’t always have to learn to rap a whole song it can be a useful tool to use as a breakdown in a song and be really effective. Think Cher Lloyd, Alesha Dixon when she was in Mis-teeq and Jesse in Little Mix all use rap as a breakdown to great effect within a performance.
Learn to Rap – Listen to that Genre
If you’re looking to learn to rap or simply want to improve on the skills you already have, then a good place to start is by listening to lots of rap music from different regions, such as, New York style ‘boom-bap’ or hip-hop of the underground, to name a few. It’s a good idea to immerse yourself in the culture and the different sounds of hip-hop and rap music to understand the influences and foundation of this particular genre. Of course the difficulty is making yourself original.
Learn to Rap - It’s all about the Rhythm
It’s important to remember that rapping is much more than just saying a few words that rhyme, it’s just as much about the rhythm. A great way to try and help with the rhythm of rap music is by focusing on just the instrumental of the song, where you’ll start to get a sense of how the words fit into the beat. If the song is an original, this is a great way to help tidy up those lyrics that might not quite fit the rhythm.
To give a stand out performance you have to be able to feel the music throughout the whole of your body. If your brain and body are not in tune with the beat, it’s safe to say your rap will look and feel stiff and unnatural. One of the most common reasons for this is often from over thinking, such as, trying to make sure you stay on time or not being confident in your own words.
Once you have mastered rapping to a beat try and rap the song acapella. This will not only improve your confidence, but if you can rap without any aid of a backing track then you know you have mastered rhythm and staying on beat.
HOT TIP! Learning to beatboxing is a great tool to help learn rhythm, and is also a useful technique you can use in your performance alongside rapping.
Learn to Rap - Writing your own Rhymes
Once you feel comfortable and confident you know how to rap to a rhythm and beat, start making your own rhymes. If you’re stuck for ideas, then a good place to start is by being influenced by what’s around you, it doesn’t matter if you don’t like what you’ve written, as long as you’re practising. This will help you in developing your own style.
HOT TIP! Get a rhyming dictionary to help improve your rhymes, and try and develop your vocabulary by reading as much as you can.
Learn to Rap – How to Rap Effectively
It’s no good mastering a good rhyme if you’re unable to rap the words effectively. Using these tips below could be the difference to what makes your performance memorable or forgettable.
HOT TIP! In order to do well, you will need to introduce something fresh to the industry.
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