How to sound less nasal when you're singing - 3 tips

by , Sept. 17, 2016

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When you're starting out and still finding your voice, it's not uncommon to sound a little bit nasal. It can also be tricky to determine whether you are singing nasally or if you just have a bright tone. A good way to test is to sing a phrase without any nasal consonants (words with 'n', 'm', or 'ng' sounds) while also pinching your nose shut. An example phrase is something like "this is the house that Jack built". Sing that phrase while pinching your nose and notice whether you can feel your nose vibrating. If you can - you're singing nasally!

Here are 3 tips to help you deal with nasal singing:

1. Record yourself

Record yourself singing and listen back to it. Singing nasally isn't necessarily a bad thing, so it's important to hear how your voice sounds. Your voice sounds completely different in recordings to how it does in your head. You might have a skewed perspective of how you actually sound. 

2. Experiment with your tone

Changing the placement of your voice will alter whether it sounds nasal or open. Practice using different parts of your palette to deliberately get a very nasal sound and a very soft sound so that you are aware of how the different tones feel when you are singing. Try moving gradually from a very nasal tone to a very open tone and observe where you are placing your voice. This will help you identify how to sing less nasally. Learn how to explore your tone.

3. Embrace your own voice

Every voice is different. You might just have a slightly nasal quality of your voice because of the way your sinuses are made up, or because of your anatomy, and that's fine! You don't have to sound like somebody else, you just need to be in control of your voice and the sounds you can make. Explore your tone and get used to your own voice. 

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