How to Hum a Tune

by Amie Taylor Google
Humming is an easy alternative to learning to read and play music.

Humming is an easy alternative to learning to read and play music.

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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.

Step 1

Choose a song you want to learn to hum. Opt for a Top 40 hit, popular show tune, country classic or jazz instrumental.

Step 2

Listen to the song and sing along until you know the tune.

Step 3

Close your mouth in the middle of singing and start humming. Carry on humming along with the song while it plays.

Step 4

Breathe through your nose as you hum in to avoid an interruption in your song.

Step 5

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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