MarkyMark22 Registered User
#1

Hi All,

might be a stupid question...

but here goes...can you use humming as a vocal warm up technique?

Lady Chuckles Lunatic-in-Chief
#2

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.

Wurly Registered User
#3

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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sheesh Registered User
#4

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.

bluewolf being awesome
#5

my teacher does it to start off gently, then we move on to the proper warm ups

#6

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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unreggd Registered User
#7

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?

Nelly 21 Registered User
#8

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

#9

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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adama89 Registered User
#10

What's your favourite humming noise?

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