Whats the best way to keep a voice from getting/sounding nasally?
Singing nasally is all a factor of resonance. To me, a nasal sound is often accompanied with a tense tongue and a raised larynx.
So, your first step is to check to see if you’re keeping a relaxed tongue while singing. You can do this by pressing your thumb to the area underneath our chin (you’ll be feeling the bottom of your tongue).
Your tongue is a muscle just like your bicep. But when we’re singing, we want to make sure that it is NOT flexed, as flexing it causes your vocal mechanism to get out of wack (leading to over nasality, a raised larynx, and in extreme cases, cracking in the voice).
Finally, if you still have too forward of a sound while singing, you can try singing with more of a hooty sound. This may sound kinda weird, but you can do this by mimicing Scooby Doo. Obviously you don’t want to do this all the time, but it can help balance out an overly nasal voice. Be sure to also look at this article, Improve Singing with Practice to strengthen your voice all together.
Try these out and let me know how it worked for ya!
Vocal Coach Ken Taylor
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