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06-03-2012, 10:41   #1
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Can Humming Be Used As A Warm-Up?

Hi All,

might be a stupid question...

but here goes...can you use humming as a vocal warm up technique?
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06-03-2012, 12:23   #2
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I wouldn't want to say yes or no to that, I guess it depends on what you hum and how you hum it

It's probably a good idea to combine it with singing a few vowels for a warm up.
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06-03-2012, 16:16   #3
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It's better than nothing.. But it's not great. A good warm up (in my experience) should involve breathing, diaphragmatic work, diction, resonance work. All these things involve movement of the mouth.

So it's like saying that a slow walk is better than sitting on your arse at home but it ain't no marathon.
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I was doing a musical a few years ago. one of the cast was a vocal coach and used to bring us through a warm up before the shows. he used humming scales to start us off and then we went from that unto singing scales.
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my teacher does it to start off gently, then we move on to the proper warm ups
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06-04-2012, 02:05   #6
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Yes, of course, different types of humming.
There are seven areas you can use as possible vocal resonators, when you're humming you feel pressure (vibrations); moving vibrations starting with your lips you can explore your tool much better then when when you're singing open mouth.
Just take a look http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vocal_resonation
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I've got bad sinuses [partially blocked by too much tissue]

Do you think I should keep working through it if I potentially need surgery?
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20-06-2012, 03:46   #8
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In my opinion humming exercises are good to start off your warm up. Start with humming notes on a 1 3 1 scale (eg c e c) and work up and down the scale. This should take very little effort. Then you can move on to eg sing the same notes ( 1 3 1) starting with aahs, then oohs then ees. Then try to build up on some more difficult scale and remember you are only warming up!!! Btw, I would always start a warm up by doing some breathing exercises first
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26-06-2012, 23:58   #9
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In our big choir we start our warm-ups by humming and them move onto many of the things Wurly suggested.
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What's your favourite humming noise?
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