How To Use the Nasal Cavity when Singing

Singing is both a talent and a skill. The reason for this is because even the most talented singers need to learn how to modulate and control their singing voice. There is a right way and wrong way to sing so that you can produce the best sounding singing voice.

Regardless of your range, learning to control the nasal cavity is important in singing. There are certain styles that sound better when sung utilizing the nasal cavity, such as many country songs. Here’s how to use the nasal cavity when singing.

  • Do warm up exercises. Just like any activity, you need to do some vocal exercises before you start belting out the tunes. The reason for this is that it helps prepare your vocal chords for the singing activity. It will also keep your vocal chords healthy so you don’t strain yourself. Check with your singing instructor on what vocal exercises are best to do. Finally, vocal exercises will help you enunciate your words better while singing so that you can be fully understood and you don’t sing out of your nose.
  • Sing from your diaphragm. When it comes to singing, the best singing voice comes from the diaphragm. The voice will have power, control and a beautiful tone to it. Your diaphragm is responsible for a good airflow when singing. Think of Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli and Barbra Streisand. None of these singers are nasal. As a rule of thumb, you shouldn’t engage your nasal cavity when singing, unless you are moving between different ranges of vocal resonance or the song calls for a nasal singing style.
  • Check your vocal resonance. The tone and range of your voice is based on your vocal resonance. This is the sound you make as you sing between different areas of your voice. When you sing using your low and middle range, you will feel the vocal resonance around the mouth and throat. On the other hand, when you use your high range, you will feel it in your nasal cavity.
  • Practice. To get a feel of the differences in vocal resonance, you should practice singing so you can learn to be sensitive to the way different chambers in your nasal cavity and throat vibrate and feel. You can purposely sing making the tone come out of your nasal cavity so you can feel the difference in sound when you sing a different way. You should learn to get proper air flow coming from your diaphragm and working your way up to the back of the throat and controlling it so it doesn’t engage the nasal cavity. Another way to practice is to cover your nose as you sing. This will help isolate your voice and force it come from diaphragm and the back of the throat.
  • Utilize the nasal cavity to be able to pronounce some words. When singing, the consonants N and M are pronounced by using the nasal cavity. This is the exception to not using the nasal cavity.

Get a good vocal coach or singing instructor so you can learn to harness and control the instrument that is your voice.


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