The NG hum is a great exercise to decrease tension in the voice and teach the voice to balance itself. Tips to make this exercise most effective:
- If you’re doing the exercise correctly, the NG sound will naturally sit in the pharyngeal resonator. Make sure your mouth is closed off (at the back) as a resonator. It should not be an MM hum or an AH sound with the back of the mouth open. Make sure it’s like the end of the word “siNG”.
- You can have your lips open or closed for this exercise, whichever you prefer. Opening or closing should not affect your sound!
- Make sure to not push or squeeze to try to gain power. In this exercise we’re aiming for “light and right”! It should not sound or feel tense in your throat.
- Make sure the sound is clear, not breathy.
- Try to slur between your notes so they stay smooth and connected, not choppy.
- Look in the mirror while you’re doing this exercise… there should be no visible tension on your face!
- Don’t be concerned if you feel or hear a break in your voice in this exercise. Often the voice can be stubborn for awhile… but this exercise, along with the others, is designed to build balance in your voice!