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“Singing nose” or why do I nasalize?

29 Apr

Monstrously popular Internet enquiry: how to stop singing nasally. By the way, quite a few pop stars do nasalize and feel not in the least ashamed of it. Found their niche, so to say. But it’s not our case, I hope.

 “Why do I sing this way?”

Well, for number of reasons starting with your individual peculiarities of bones’ structure, consequences of some diseases (see, sinusitis is extremely dangerous!)  and the habit inherited from a close relative or caretaker. Sometimes people start to nasalize because of most trivial embarrassment: our body tightens up, gathering into a knot, ever so small, leaving no space for our lungs and throat to get engaged in the process of singing. And so there is only nose left on the surface and we “work” though it. Morbid picture, right?   

Get yourself working!

  • First, it’s your primary responsibility to care about your singing apparatus and leave no chance for an illness to spoil it all.
  • Second, be aware. Spot the moment of confusion when your nose gets involved and – stop. Relax your throat, calm down and redirect the voice one floor down. Put your hand on the throat and “feel” for the sound: is it really there? Its tremble should be stronger than that of nasal sound.
  • Thirdly, remember: the proportion of the progress depends on your investment of time and efforts. Practice before the mirror, read aloud and – control, control, control your voice all the time. Correct breathing (in through the nose, out through your mouth) during jogging is also helpful while tuning your singing mechanisms. And your AB’s will get stronger too – a bonus feature!

They say it takes 40 days of self torturing to make a habit your lifestyle. Hah, hopeless optimists they are! More honest, it can take as much as a year or two depending on how firm this habit has got into you. Still it’s worth the pains. Deep velveteen resonation makes a voice wanted – wanted to be heard again and again. You’ll love the way you sound: not like an elephant with a cold but a confident person whose voice is born somewhere very close to their heart.