Before we continue with learning more about Generators, Stops and Effectors you’re going to need to know something about the anatomy of the mouth. We need to be able to point to parts of your mouth and talk about them.
Most people can name some parts of their mouth, for example, teeth, tongue, and lips but there are several other parts and beatboxing sounds can be made with all the different parts.
Familiarise yourself with these ten parts of the mouth as it will make explanations much easier.
Figure 4.1 – The parts of the mouth
When combined with the tongue (apart from sounds made with just the lips or teeth), there are 15 places that beatboxers make sounds. We call these Places of Generation – i.e. places where beatboxers generate sounds.
Each Place of Generation is symbolised using an icon to represent how each sound is made. Understand that each Generator icon is an visual description of each part of the mouth.
Figure 4.2 – Places of Generation