This will be subject to revision to fine-tune explanations, examples, or illustrations should anything remain unclear. Have fun practicing!
I'd also like to say that the sections on getting the air into your stomach more explainable than the production side of things. If you can get a partial or full stomach of air with those tutorials, then the production parts will make more sense as you're able to practice.
Table of Contents:
- Hiccuping Tutorial
- Inhaling Tutorial
- A Note On Farting
- Producing the Belch
Before we begin, it needs to be said that not all people will be able to master this ability. It may be a matter of anatomy. There are medical conditions that inhibit or disallow belching. The pathways just may not be open. It may also be a matter of muscular coordination. You're able to belch, but just cannot perform the necessary muscular coordination to get air into your stomach on command. It may never be possible. Unless you're in the condition of not being able to belch at all, the only recourse you have is continued practice. Keep trying!
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Here is a short rundown of the methods for getting air into your stomach.
- Food and Beverage
The simplest, and rather obvious, way to induce belching is by ingesting food and drink that aid in the production of gas. Soda and beer are two popular choices, but anything that helps the process along belongs in this category. The main disadvantage of this method is the inability to belch without the crutch of soda or gas producing food. You can only eat or drink so much and the gas will only last so long. That said, I do believe that a combination of food and the methods below produce the best results. Your body may react differently.
I've heard of people doing this and I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT and only include it for completeness and as a warning. This is potentially very dangerous to attempt and I won't be held responsible if you choose to try this technique. Here you use a manual or electric pump and a thin bit of tube stuck down your throat to insert air into your stomach. The manual variety are those that typically inflate sports equipment such as a basketball. The electric variety are usually aquarium pumps used to aerate and oxygenate the water for fish.
Fun fact: This method is also used by some fart fetish models and others to pump air into their lower colons and thus produce massive farts. This, while relatively safer than shoving a tube down your throat, is also NOT RECOMMENDED.
Don't say I didn't warn you if you end up in the hospital.
Gulping is a technique in which you close your mouth and force the air there down your throat and into your stomach. I personally don't use this technique and believe it is very similar to the hiccuping method. It is simply performed with your mouth closed. The closed mouth and generally clenched facial and throat muscles in this technique may aid slightly in keeping the air from coming back up as it does in the hiccuping method described below. I won't be using this technique in this tutorial.
Hiccuping is a technique in which you use the same motion or action that would occur when you were hiccuping. You inhale little bits of air at a time down your throat and into your stomach. You repeat this motion until you have the desired amount of air in your stomach with which to belch.
One of the major downsides to this method is that your stored air will often come up before you've filled yourself to the desired level. This usually happens during the hiccup motion itself. The force of the hiccup at the beginning of the motion opens a valve and pushes the air into your stomach. At the end of each motion, a valve closes and traps each bit of air and keeps your store of gas from escaping. Since the beginning of the motion opens this valve, and there is now pressure from the stored air, the hiccup motion sometimes allows all of your trapped air to escape. You can combat this drawback by hiccuping down air a few times, waiting, and then continuing. You can usually feel when the air is about to come back up from the change in pressure in your stomach. There is usually a telltale gurgling sound which signifies when you can hiccup more air. This allows you to decide whether to continue with the next series of hiccups or not. The next method solves this problem completely with a continuous pressure and filling of the stomach with air.
Inhaling is a technique in which you literally breathe air into your stomach. This technique is the most difficult to learn. The technique is started in the same way as the hiccuping motion. The only difference is that after the initial jerking motion you continue to use your lungs to breathe the air in. The jerking of the hiccup motion shifts the channel in which the air travels. This, in my opinion, is the most powerful of the techniques. It allows you to fill your stomach to capacity and produce belches of the greatest power and length.
There is the question of whether or not you should eat or drink something before you belch. This varies from person to person, but I'm of the opinion that it helps to have eaten a meal to produce the best belches. You may find that your body is different, but what you have in your stomach can make a huge difference. I really think it's an all-around important factor in producing a good belch. Consider this factor when you're having your belching session.
In my experience, dense bread-based foods are the best for belching. My food of choice for a high quality belching session has always been pizza with soda or water. You will have to experiment with different combinations to see what works best for you. The bread takes up a lot of space in the stomach and absorbs the liquid. This expands the stomach further and leaves a smaller cavity with which to store air which increases the pressure.
This smaller cavity seems like a negative, but it actually creates greater pressure with which to push against the trapped air. The more pressure, the easier it will be to force out loud and long belches. The goal is to create enough pressure without filling the stomach so much that there is no room left for air.
You will have to judge for yourself what your stomach can hold and how much is too much for a good session. You will lose some capacity for length the more you eat, but you'll make up for this with power. I find that extremely empty and extremely full stomachs are equally bad for belching. Pick which style of belching you want to perform. Want more power? Eat a bit more. Want a bit more length? Eat a bit less. Experiment with your body for the best results.
This is also highly variable, but in my experience I've found that having an excessive amount of liquid in your stomach is bad for belching. The belches tend to become gurgly or bubbly and lacking power and tone. The length may not suffer quite as much, but the gas tends to be harder to push out. I also try and stay away from milk and liquids with that consistency, even small amounts, during a belch session for the same reasons. Again, your experience may be different. In the end, experiment with all of these things and use what works best for you.
I'd also like to quickly add that waiting for the food to digest thoroughly might not be the best route to take. I usually have a belching session right after I eat when the food has the most bulk to it. This really helps me produce the best tone and also helps with getting all of the air out at once. Waiting too long and you'll be belching when the food has turned into more of a liquid state which can produce subpar burps in my experience. Again, the key is experimentation.
I've recently experimented with belching on a completely empty stomach with the thought that it might produce better tone. The results have been interesting. My initial conclusions, as I've detailed above, were that an empty stomach doesn't produce the best burps. The reason I thought this was because an empty stomach wouldn't give me the leverage of pressure that I liked to force out a belch. The added bulk in the stomach after eating gave this needed pressure. I've recently found that if you inhale as much as you can on an empty stomach and leave this air there for a time, your stomach will expand as it's kept there. You then let the air out and fill yourself again in the same way. After a while, with your stomach now expanded, your capacity will be much increased and allow for excellent belching.
In addition, I found that my tone was indeed better. My belches felt cleaner and purer. It shouldn't come as a surprise, but with no food or drink there was no gurgling in the throat and nothing to impede the release of gas. I still didn't feel that I had quite as much power as I normally do with something bread-based in my stomach, but I definitely felt that feeling of being able to rear back and truly rip. Happy discovery!
This doesn't negate what I said about food above, but should make it clear that experimentation with your own body is the best when learning how to do this. I'm simply trying to give guidelines.
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The first tutorial deals with mastering the hiccup technique. This is, in my opinion, the easiest to learn, explain, and also serves as a bridge to the inhaling technique.
- Labored Breathing Exercise
The first thing I recommend trying is emulating labored breathing. It will sound and feel like you're dragging the air across the back of your throat. The sound you make is similar to the sound you make when you have cold water dumped on you or when you're genuinely scared by something. There will be the feeling of a bit of a catching or raspiness there. The benefit here is that you're not actually breathing air into the stomach yet, but experimenting with this exercise will help you begin to feel the line between inhaling into your lungs and inhaling into your stomach. Try making it very light at first and then make it pronounced. Play with it. Make it loud, soft, strong, and weak. Don't be afraid to be silly or exaggerated with it! You may even accidentally hiccup or briefly inhale air into your stomach with this exercise. Here is an example of what it might sound like.
Labored Inhaling Example
OK. You've now experimented with the labored breathing exercise. Let me show you how this transitions to the hiccup technique. Click the link below to listen to an example. Notice the pronounced pop that happens as my throat transitions from breathing into my lungs to breathing into my stomach. I did this with exaggeration to illustrate the process. You may not hear this exact sound. The sound afterwards is the air rushing down my throat. The labored inhale is the beginning of the process and the pop is the sudden switch over to breathing into my stomach. From that position it's possible to start the inhaling. It's impossible to explain exactly how to make this transition. It's simply a matter of experimentation and trial and error. The labored inhale should give you a good starting point.
Labored Inhaling to Hiccup Example
Now let's start playing around with the hiccup motion itself. The hiccups do not have to be real. The goal is not to induce the real involuntary variety. It's only the motion that matters. Take a few minutes and goof around with it. It's the same motion as the labored inhale but without the drawn out labored breathing crutch or buildup at the beginning. Again, don't be afraid to be exaggerated or silly with it! Just become comfortable with the motion. Have fun!
Did you play around with the motion? Good. Let's dig into it a bit deeper. The motion itself is a sudden breathing in motion. It's the same motion as the labored inhale to hiccup but without the crutch of the labored inhale at the beginning. You should feel a catch in your throat when you do it. The air doesn't want to go down that way. If you manage to hiccup in a little air, it may feel like it is caught on the outside of a valve and then wriggling through it and down into your stomach. You can feel it and sometimes hear it. Remember, you aren't breathing into your lungs. You are breathing into your stomach. You are using the same muscular coordination that you use for breathing into your lungs. The only difference is that you're using this motion to breathe it into your stomach. Here is an example of what this might sound like.
Notice the sounds that occur after many of the hiccups in this example. You hear the same pop or catch as you do in the above examples of the labored inhale. You hear the same rushing or gurgling of air headed down into the stomach. You may not hear the rushing or gurgling, but you will most likely at least feel something like it eventually. Here's a more prominent example if you couldn't hear it in the above file.
Hiccup and Gurgle Example
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OK. I'm assuming at this point you've messed around with the methods I've outlined above. Now we're reaching the final leg of the journey. It's time to master the inhaling method.
A good piece of advice for those first starting to work on the inhaling method is to stand up while you're practicing. It's much easier to use this technique this way in my experience. In addition, you produce longer and louder belches and improve tone. It helps you breathe easier, gives you more leverage to push with your muscles to create pressure and tension, and allows you to bend over which assists in the process.
I recommend getting a chair or having something to lean on when you perform this motion for the first time. Bend over at the waist like you're trying to form a slight lowercase 'r' with your body. It doesn't have to be a perfect shape. If this feels counterproductive then try from a regular standing position, but this tends to help with the inhale. Start by hiccuping to shift the pathway from your lungs to your stomach. Do you feel the shift, pop, or click over to the stomach pathway? It will tend to feel and sound like the pop illustrated by this example. Once you feel that pathway shift, inhale as much air as you would like into your stomach.
You must get from a hiccup to breathing into your stomach in one motion. It's continuously applied pressure. You'll feel resistance when you do this, but fight against it while maintaining the same muscular coordination used when doing a hiccup. The internal feeling of the throat should feel almost the same way as when you're doing a simple hiccup but with the constant inward pressure of the inhale. After the initial pop or shift of the valve, there should be less resistance and a fairly relaxed inhale into your stomach.
You should be fairly relaxed when you do this. Try not to tighten up too much unless that's helping you inhale. It shouldn't hurt. If you feel dizzy, take a break and come back to it in a few minutes. This isn't something your body naturally performs. It will feel a bit alien. Relax. Try and coax the musculature in the back of your throat with the hiccup technique and apply constant inward pressure with the inhale.
If you breathe into your lungs too much as a run up to the hiccup motion, you'll have no lung capacity to fill your stomach. This is why it's necessary to master the pure hiccup method first before moving on to the inhale method. The motion from hiccup to inhale must be fairly quick or you'll run out of breath. It can take a while to work up to doing this easily, but it will become second nature once you get the hang of it.
I don't recommend an inhale to full capacity on the first try. You are going from an empty or semi-full stomach to completely full in a matter of a few seconds. This is bound to make some people feel sick. Take it easy the first few times and gauge your comfort level from there. Feel free to blast a couple belches in celebration of your victory of conquering the inhaling method.
The end goal is to perfect the inhale method so the hiccup and beginning of the inhale all become one fluid motion instead of separate acts. In fact, it really is just one motion. I'd look at it as one giant labored breathing or hiccuping motion. The key is to get that click or switch to happen in your throat. That's why I have you do the labored breathing and hiccuping examples first. The switch is absolutely critical. It doesn't matter if you're hiccuping, gulping, or inhaling. Without that switch there is no air going down your throat. Here are few examples of the gradations to the final product of inhaling.
OK. Now you have a stomach full of air that you're just dying to blast out. How do you get this air out? How do you produce a belch with the greatest volume and length? That's the subject of the next section.
A Note On Farting
I wanted to mention this quickly for those interested. The above methods of getting air into your stomach can help you produce some massive farts if you're keen on doing so. While inhaling and belching is more or less immediate, hiccuping or inhaling to produce a fart is another matter. You must wait for the air in your stomach to work its way down into your intestines. This can be a bit uncomfortable, but all you have to do is keep all the air down in your stomach and wait. It helps to lay on your side or on your stomach, but you can experiment with this. You can even gently work it down deeper with your hands. You'll feel the air shift after a short while. It also makes a difference whether you've had anything to eat or drink in determining how long it will take for the air to move, but I have less experience with producing farts like this. I have done it and it's amazing the size of the farts you can produce seemingly without end. You can hiccup or inhale to fill your intestines with as much gas as you want but be prepared to have some major bloating for a good while.
I know this may gross some of you out, but this is a sample from the last time I tried this if anybody is interested. You've been warned. I was farting like this all night after forcing down five or six full inhales of air.
Phantom - Fart
Enjoy your gas!
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Producing the Belch
- Loading the Belch
There isn't much to producing a belch once you get right down to it, but there are some things that can assure the best volume, length, and tone. One of these things is something I refer to as "loading the belching gun." All this really is is pushing with your stomach muscles, bending over, or otherwise pushing a portion of the air in your stomach up into your throat. You may not get a sound, but it's likely you will feel a sensation of the air bubbling up and wanting to come out but won't until you finally force it out. It's right there on the brink. You've cocked the hammer back and just need to pull the trigger. Here is an example of what that might sound like. The sound you're looking for is the gurgle at the end of the long inhales. That's "loading the belching gun," so to speak.
Loading Belch Examples
There really isn't much to it besides the intuitive act of trying to burp as you would naturally. Try bending over, pushing on your stomach, pushing with your stomach muscles, etc. Another good method is to breathe in deeply and work your stomach muscles a bit as described in the Belching for Volume section below. The goal is to get the air as close to coming out as you can without it actually coming out. As I've said before, if this is hindering you then by all means try something different. The reason you do this is to make sure you have access to as much of the total volume of air as possible for your belch.
I should also note that there seems to be a small window where you will produce the best belch after loading. You can think of it something like a bottle of seltzer water. Loading the belch is like shaking up the bottle to build up the pressure, but after a while this pressure will subside and the gas won't erupt with as much force. The goal is to time the belch to the moment you feel like some of the loaded air is going to leak out if you don't belch. If you feel like it's going to be dud, just wait or inhale a little more air and reload. It's a hard feeling to describe, but with practice I think you'll understand it.
Lastly, I have no idea if feeling the belch load is a universal feature of producing a belch. You may never have this sensation. It could be a personal idiosyncrasy.
- The Windup
This is a preamble to the Belching for Volume section, but it will also help with belching as a whole. The motion is described a bit at a time in the Belching for Volume section but here I'm going to generalize. The windup is breathing in deeply and using this breath of air to create pressure and also forcefully slam down on your stomach to produce a belch. Instead of trying to explain it with text, I'll reference two videos that illustrate the motion well. There's even a speed option on YouTube if you want to slow down the video to see exactly what they're doing. However, I believe that feature is only available on the desktop version.
Ben Andreas - Windup Illustration
Candace Bailey - Windup Illustration
Ben's technique is fantastic and that's why he's such an amazing belcher. Notice how deeply he breathes and how forcefully he slams down with his stomach muscles. He also combines the gulping, loading, and windup into one smooth performance. The belch is coming up, or loading, into his throat and he perfectly times a huge breath which he then uses to blast out the belch with massive force. Bravo!
The only difference with Candace is that she inhales into her stomach and forces down all in one motion. You can do this and it works fairly well. But what I'm suggesting is inhaling into your stomach, loading the belch, breathing deeply, and use that pressure to force down on your stomach to expel the air. It looks the same and feels very similar.
This motion doesn't have to be exaggerated as Ben does it to produce an amazing belch. At first it may help to do it that way, but you'll learn to gauge how much force you need. It's the feeling of force and pressure more than anything that is important.
I also recommend separating these elements somewhat as a beginner. Inhale and wait. Load the belch and wait. Finally, use the windup to force the air out of your stomach. You can combine them all into one motion, but it helps to feel and experiment with each of them as separately as you can at first. I personally produce the best belches when I separate them instead of combining them all into one. To me it's the difference between a quick draw shot and a carefully aimed shot. I think separating the elements gives you more control and effectiveness. Again, that's just my experience. Do what works best for you!
- Belching for Volume
Belching for volume involves leveraging the pressure of the stored air in the stomach, air in the lungs, diaphragm, and stomach muscles. Here is a simple illustration of this point.
The stomach is full of air which is begging to be released. Notice that the lungs fill and the diaphragm pushes down which both put pressure on the stomach. We've all been overly full from a meal and found it a bit painful to breathe. That is an extreme case of the pressure we're talking about here. It's easy to see how this pressure would aid in the production of a loud belch. This is also why I recommend above that you eat before belching. The air is trapped and being pushed from all sides. It's like pressing a balloon filled with water from all sides with your hands, but you're pushing on your stomach with your lungs and diaphragm instead. When used in tandem with your stomach muscles, this produces a great amount of pressure and force for ejection.
I've found that the best way to belch loudly is to fill your stomach nearly completely with air. It doesn't have to be filled to the point of feeling sick, but anywhere from 80 to 90 percent would be ideal. This gives you the greatest pressure within the stomach. Once filled, breathe in deeply and hold that breath. If the belch hasn't "loaded" yet, you will probably feel it bubble up into your throat now. You should feel the pressure on your stomach. It shouldn't be painful, but more like the air desperately wanting to escape. At this point you can also start to work the stomach muscles and play with the pressure a bit. Experiment with the pressure from all the points described. Notice when the pressure is greatest or weakest. Once you find your sweet spot with all these points, forcefully push or "slam" with your stomach muscles and the belch should come roaring out.
Again, all this can happen extremely quickly once the motions become more practiced. The key is to maintain all that pressure on the stomach and finally force it out with the stomach muscles. It should feel tight, but not so much that you feel you're going to hurt yourself. It takes some experimentation, but once you get the feel for it it becomes second nature. You'll begin to feel when a belch is situated just right and when a really good one is about to erupt. It just takes some practice.
Inhale. Load. Breath. Belch.
- Belching for Length
Belching for length is about how much air you can physically fit in your stomach, the "pitch" you belch, and how forcefully you push it out. It all depends on what you want to do with the air. It lies on a spectrum from extremely weak and longer to extremely loud and shorter.
The long and weak variety of burps are just a matter of control. You utilize the principles of pressure found in the Belching for Volume section but in a more delicate way. You use those points of pressure to varying degrees to coax a little bit of air at a time. You keep the belch humming along by applying more pressure when you feel the airflow about to stop, pulling back again to keep it going for as long as possible, but not so lightly that the airflow stops. It's a balancing act. Here are some examples of that.
Phantom - Long and Weak
Sarina - Long and Weak
You can produce long belches that have a fair degree of volume. A good technique is to belch higher in pitch, as you would in singing or talking, and use less air. It's pretty intuitive.
Bigger Hole/More Air = Lower Sound/Less Length
Smaller Hole/Less Air = Higher Sound/More Length
The great thing about belching higher in pitch is that you can still force the air and sound very loud while using less air. Here are a couple examples of that.
High Pitched Loud 1
High Pitched Loud 2
- Belching for Tone
I think the best tone is produced by belches that are short and loud. It's like a balloon filled with air. You pull the end and it produces a nice even tone. The further it gets from being full, the more uneven and warbled it becomes. It's the same with belching. The more air you have in your stomach, the more pressure you have to produce a nice and even tone. This pressure dissipates the emptier your stomach gets. You can produce many quality burps on one stomach full of air. It really is as simple as using the principles of the Belching for Volume section and making the burps short and fairly forceful. The belch won't have a chance to die off and resonates beautifully.
You can really play around with the tone as you belch. Try them high, low, closed-mouth, etc. You can produce some pretty strange sounding burps depending on how you shift your jaw and lips. Have fun with it!
Well, we've come a long way! You've hopefully taken yourself from being unable to belch on command to well on your way to mastery. Congratulations on developing a sexy, fun, and hilarious but otherwise useless ability! You've acquired the skills to:
- Incite lust, laughter, or total revulsion in your partner!
- Impress or gross out your friends and family!
- Terrify your pets!
- Become comedy central at your next party!
- Annoy your roommate!
- Belch words, names, and sentences you never thought possible!
- And much, much more!
We're all here because we love this stuff. We love and analyze every aspect of belching. Anywhere else this would seem like such a silly thing to pursue, but I know many of you would love to master this either for yourself, significant other, or partner. It really can bring a lot of enjoyment. I know I've had my fair share of fun with it and I wish the same for you. It'd be really cool to know I made someone's life even a little bit sexier or happier for having learned this. I hope it was at least mildly helpful to someone. I'd be happy if it made you laugh. At the very least, I hope it was entertaining.
Let me know if anything could be explained better, changed, improved, elaborated on, etc. Happy belching everyone!
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