How to fix a nasally voice

How to fix a nasally voice

Let’s face it – nasal singing is pretty unpleasant. A whiny and nasal singing voice tone can totally ruin a great song or even an otherwise great singing voice – so how can we stop nasal singing once and for?

The trick to stop sounding nasally when singing is learning how to control your soft palate, firstly, and then also learning how to ‘place’ your voice correctly. So, nasal ‘resonance’ is actually fantastic for your singing voice, but nasal ‘tone’ is not – and here’s the difference; a nasal voice is caused by air ‘escaping’ through the nose, while a pleasant singing tone is created with the soft palate raised against the entry to the nasal cavities, allowing resonance, but not allowing airflow to be created in the nose.

How to control the soft palate – The soft palate is the fleshy flap at the back of the roof of your mouth, it regulars airflow between your mouth and your nose. You can try it yourself by breathing in through your mouth ONLY (don’t use your fingers to block your nose!), and then breathing in through your NOSE only – can you feel the difference? This is controlling your soft palate. It should be “open” (so, air going into your nose) when you sing resonant consonant sounds like M and N, and it should be “closed” when you sing a vowel Ah/AA/OO/EE/Eh.

Here’s a super simple tutorial video on fixing a nasal singing voice that will show you how to improve your singing tone.

The reason that your voice has been sounding ‘nasal’ isn’t actually to do with resonance in the nasal cavity, it’s actually due to AIR exiting through your nose while you sing! Easy fix, right?

With these simple tips you really can stop sounding nasally when singing, and stop nasal singing for good! Build your foundation first with my complimentary foundations short courses and then you can book a session with me to power up your high range and really let your voice shine!

Feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!!

2 thoughts on “How to fix a nasally voice

  1. Hey Kegan,
    Loved your post on how to fix a nasally voice. I had absolutely no idea – that is actually quite simple to fix!
    In my college days and a few years beyond I played drums in a band that did originals in the vein of R.E.M,, the Cure, New Order, Echo & The Bunnymen, etc. While I was decent on the drums (although certainly no Neil Peart) I was able to lay down a solid beat for the guys to follow. I NEVER pretended I could sing but if I had a resource such as your website back then I might have given it a go.
    Thanks for the great information – keep it coming!
    All the best – Mat A.

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