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Starting Off Singing: Humming and Singing Tips to Try

Learning to hum and sing listening to music

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From Tamera Anderson-Hanna, an Uplifting Playlist:

“I encourage my clients if they need to boost their mood to create a happy and uplifting playlist to sing or listen to—the same advice I used for myself when healing from breast cancer and experiencing setbacks.” 

From Jonathan Goldman, Conscious Humming:

“Find a place where you will not be disturbed. Begin by taking some nice deep breaths in and out.  

Choose a purpose or intention. Do you want to assist with a headache? Do you want to reduce your stress? Do you want to send this sound to a specific part of your body?

Hum a tone on one note that is comfortable. Do this at least five times so that you can become aware of how the hum is resonating in your head or body, and then hum for five minutes, if possible.

Be in a place of silence for at least a minute or more after you have created the hum 
and be aware of what you experience. Note: Because the hum has so many powerful
 effects, people often become lightheaded (and very relaxed) when they practice 
conscious humming.”

From Lea Longo, Mantra Tips:

“If you have never used or chanted a mantra before, I would recommend starting with the universal mantra Aum or Om. It is simple and easy to pronounce. Start with five minutes a day for 30 days and increase the time as you feel fit. As you get more comfortable with the sound of your voice, you will develop a practice and habit. The shower is a great place to start to overcome self-consciousness.”

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