The MUM exercise helps to build a more balanced, “normal” mix voice tone (not overly whiny!). It builds strength and power into our resonators and vocal muscles, and helps create a seamless transition between chest and head voice by evening out your vocal tone. Tips to make this exercise most effective:
- Keep your larynx lowered, aiming for a slightly dopey sound to naturally deepen the tone.
- Remember to also have a slight cry in your voice to keep the pharyngeal resonator engaged.
- Stay grounded in your chest voice, but as the notes get higher, allow the resonance to tilt more and more into the pharyngeal and head cavities in order to find freedom and a mixture of resonance.
- Make sure the sound is clear, not breathy.
- Focus on keeping a consistent tone throughout the scales.
- As you move up in each scale, feel the resonance tilt and thin out into the head cavity, then tilt back down as the scales get lower.
- Make sure the tone is clear, not breathy.