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Group Hum

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  1. Have all players mill around the space. Eventually instruct them to find their own space, stand neutrally, and CLOSE THEIR EYES.
  2. Introduce humming as an exploration of sound in their own body. Humming should be constant. Direct it with a focus on physical sensation, enjoyment, curiosity, resonances, send it to different parts of body, feel it on yourself with your fingertips, etc..
  3. Direct players to explore the space and other players in these same ways with touch and sound. While exploring as a group it is possible to use touch and sound in different ways, for example: touch shoulders together, stand back to back and feel the voice vibrate, or touch the top of heads to each other and feel the resonance.
  4. To conclude, ask them to come to open sound, a crescendo/climax, and silence together. Then they can open their eyes.

TIP: This is best used to bond a group together after 1-3 weeks of full time work. If in a once-weekly class setting it’s best to wait about a month. The inclination is to laugh and giggle when they contact each other. Encourage focus on the sound but don’t get too attached. This is one of those really magical exercises if you take time with it. Works best with a mature group.

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