Nasality

Getting stuck anywhere seems to be an issue that we all would want to avoid. We don’t want our car to get stuck in the mud, and we don’t want our tone to get stuck in the nose. Why? Well, once we are stuck we can’t move. For singing, that means that we get only one tonal color, our vowels are less recognizable, and it is difficult to sing higher. Actually, nasality in singing is a very common vocal issue that reveals throat constriction. When the muscles in our larynx aren’t developed and coordinated well, then there is some sort of throat constriction present. This will manifest itself as having many symptoms including a tightness in the throat, as well as the tone seeming to be stuck in the nose. This kind of excessive nasality then is a symptom of something be not quite right at the sound source. Of course, if one is able to sing with a little bit of nasality or “twang”, such as in country music, and this is done intentionally, then its not a problem and can add a certain tone color that is desirable. It becomes as issue when it is all that you can do, when you get “stuck” and can’t get out. You see, the goal is to not be limited or uncomfortably constricted, but free and able to make choices related to the sounds and tonal colors that you wish to shape according to your imagination!

Allen Rascoe

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Allen Rascoe Allen has been enjoying singing since he was a little kid. He officially studied voice at ECU and USC. However, he ran... Read More

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