Music Without Words

By Meghana Garner

Think of how many songs you hear where the singers are only humming or perhaps producing an ah, ooh, or ee sound to accompany the lead singer. It's an interesting way of creating a soundscape that can be used to create an atmosphere or emotion. The act of singing without using words can be traced back to ancient times, and today different genres or cultures may call it by different names. Bur, make no mistake, vocalizing without words is an important technique used in just about every style of music. Here are a few of the styles of music for which words are "optional"...

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