This post focuses on the somewhat strange practice of humming to compose music.
At some point in my songwriting process I got tired of the pressure of trying to perform parts as I composed them. Ever since I was a kid I would hum and form musical parts with my mouth by vocalizing what, in effect, were the sounds of drums, guitars, brass and whatnot. Surprisingly , this can be a very effective improvisation method when documenting musical ideas.
Sometimes when I am feeling particularly frustrated in the composition process, I will simply hum out the parts that I hear in my head. I can compose an entire arrangement this way very quickly and then, after the fact, figure out what it was that I recorded in order to record it properly with the respective instrument.
Don’t worry… nobody is going to hear these rough, ridiculous sounding versions of your music (hopefully). The beautiful thing about composing this way is that it is increadibly intuitive, fast, and effective. Give it a shot next time you have an idea you just can’t wait to get on tape!
P.S. nobody commented on the song that I posted in the mastering experiment from before I left town. Shame on you!