Although many people don't have the vocal ability or confidence to sing well, particularly in front of a group, just about anyone can hum without fear of criticism. While humming aimlessly is fine and can be a sign of a good mood, humming a specific song -- preferably one of your favorites -- is particularly satisfying. Learning to hum doesn't require a lot of time or effort and can be an entertaining way to pass the time.
Choose a song you want to learn to hum. Opt for a Top 40 hit, popular show tune, country classic or jazz instrumental.
Listen to the song and sing along until you know the tune.
Close your mouth in the middle of singing and start humming. Carry on humming along with the song while it plays.
Breathe through your nose as you hum in to avoid an interruption in your song.
Turn off the music and practice humming the tune from memory. Play around with a variety of volumes and vocal effects to find your best sound.
Tips & Warnings
- Sing the words in your head as you hum to help you maintain the proper tune.
- Sit or stand up straight while humming to achieve the best air flow to and from your lungs.
- Avoid humming in places where you may annoy others or break their concentration.
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