Many people complain about their nasally singing voice. There are a couple of reasons this is happening. First, you need to know what your hard palate and soft palate are. If you place your tongue up on the roof of your mouth behind your teeth, you will feel the hard palate. Keep running that tongue towards the back of your throat and you will feel it get soft all of the sudden. That’s your soft palate.
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We have to learn how to control the amount of air being expelled through the nose when talking or singing. If too much air is passing through there when making sounds, we may get a nasally sound.
You can try an experiment by listening to your self talk while pinching your nose. Does your voice sound different? You can record yourself doing this too. Just read a paragraph of something normally with your nose pinched and un-pinched and hear the difference in sound.
So now you will know that you need to open up your throat more. If we have a long habit of closing the throat and restricting air flow through the mouth, then naturally the air flow will move to the nasal areas hence producing the nasally sound when singing or talking.
I really had to concentrate on this in the beginning because I didn’t like my nasally sound. I just started talking more out of my mouth and restricted the air flow through the nose when singing or talking. It slowly became more balanced and I loved the new sound of my singing voice.
You can actually have a nasally sound also by having too little air flow through the nose. There is a resonance in the nasal cavity that develops with this phenomenon and it may result in a nasally sound you don’t like.
So it’s all about balance. Work with it during lessons or on your own and you will find the right amount of air flow through the nose and mouth resulting in the sound, which is ideal for you.