Monday, 30 January 2017

VOCAL TIP #3: How to identify and fix a nasal voice.

VOCAL TIP #3: How to identify and fix a nasal tone or voice

Singers and Vocalists often complain about sounding nasal or having a nasal tone. The article talks about how to identify a nasal sound and how to fix it.

Nasal voices are caused by the improper flow of air whenever you speak. You may not know it, but the nose is a very important organ in speech. Aside from the movement of your mouth parts and the vibration of your vocal chords, airflow is very important in producing speech sounds.

Illnesses like colds, sinusitis and influenza can cause people to have a nasal voice.

You may be surprised how the quality of your voice improves if you breathe properly. If you take in too little air when you speak, you'll end up with a very exhausted, hushed tone that comes across as a very nasal voice. If you inhale and hold in too much air whenever you speak, your nasal passages expand and more sound resonates through the space, giving you a nasal voice.

To check for nasal voice, sing part of your favourite song and hold you nose. If you have balanced, resonant sound, your sound won't change and you can successfully sing while holding your nose. if the sound does change, you likely have a nasal sound.

The irritating nasal sound, or nasality in some singing voices is a result of a soft palate which is not lifted properly. Your soft palate is the soft tissue on the rood of your mouth. A soft palate that lifts helps create the ringing sound that you want. If the soft palate doesn't lift, the sound is nasal. Exercise your soft palate so that it lifts on command and you avoid that nasal sound.

To feel the soft palate, pretend that you're snoring in your sleep. Snore with your mouth open and take in air through your nose. If this only gets your nose quivering, put your fingers on your nose and close off your nostrils. When you closed your nostrils, try snoring again by breathing through your mouth. That quivering you feel is your soft palate moving.

Keep playing with that exercise, variously pinching and unpinching your nostrils while singing, until there is no change in the sound between the pinching/unpinching and no presence of air pressure into the nose when the nostrils are pinched. This will train your mental concept of your sound, your ear's adaptation and sensitivity to the output of that concept, and your physical/anatomical position into a memorized habit that automatically excludes all conditions which allow nasality. Bear in mind how it felt and looked to have your soft palate lift and to have your tongue touch your soft palate. These movements, when coordinated, keep your sound from being too nasal.

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