The MUM exercise helps to build a more balanced, “normal” mix voice tone (not overly whiny!). The MUM sound naturally allows our voice to “multi-task”, lowering the larynx while at the same time engaging the cry sound of the pharyngeal resonator. Tips to make this exercise most effective:
- Aim 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.
- Do not stay all in head voice, and do not just push up on your chest voice! 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.
- Don’t overthink this exercise! It may be difficult at first, but the more you build your resonance in the other exercises, the more your voice will find a neutral, “normal” tone in this MUM exercise.