Friday, December 28, 2012
How to Improve Singing Voice - The Secret To Change Your Voice
Now we're going to be talking about how to improve your singing voice. I know that's kind of a broad topic. It's eliminating nasality, that really kind of annoying sound that is often in the voice and just talk about kind of how to get rid of that and a little bit about that process and even give you an exercise at the end as well.
So let's get right to it. That nasal kind of ahhh, that tone, what it does is it squashes the resonance, that kind of full, big, resonant tone that you want. It kind of squashes that down. It has an annoying quality that you don't really like in the first place and don't really want but it also kills the resonance so you don't have that full kind of powerful sound as well.
So how do we get rid of it? Where does it come from? The nasal tone primarily comes from the soft palate. Now the soft palate, if you take your tongue and you're feeling the roof of your mouth, that's the hard palette right there. If you follow it back, back to there where it gets kind of like softer there, that's your soft palate. So the soft palate is the ngaaa the nasal tone. What happens is that that soft palate is lowering. It's lowering excessively and so actually try this with me. See if you can find it first of all and I want you to find it. Give it like a little yell, like a haww. Notice what the soft palette does when you do a yawn. It raises way up and actually your throat kind of opens up too and your larynx lowers. The yawn is a great way to kind of see where you need to be and what it needs to feel like kind of when you're singing. You can read more singing tips in Superior Singing Method, It's very useful resource.
Now, it's an exaggerated form. You don't want to sing like opera singers. I mean some opera singers do but you don't want to necessarily sing like that but you want that kind of motion with the soft palate that's up a little. You want your throat nice and wide and then your larynx should be pretty steady. Your larynx tends to raise up for the higher notes but you want to keep that relatively steady. So during that motion, you kind of feel the soft palate and what it does, how it raises up. So let me talk a little more about now when it's down, what it does is like the N-G sound, that consonant when you do a song if you're singing the word song or any N-G sound. What it does is it cuts off go ahead and do an N-G and then try to blow it out of your mouth. You can't because it blocks the air from coming out your mouth. So all the air comes out of your nose and so you're getting this kind of nasal tone. So when you're doing N-G or even like a T sound, that's different than the soft palate but anytime your tongue, the back of your tongue or the front of your tongue raises up to do a consonant sound, you want to get right back down where it's supposed to be behind the teeth right there. That's where you're seeing that.
So anyway, I'm kind of going all over the place but this is mainly talking about the nasality. So the N-G consonant is something that you need to do and the nose has that nasal sound. It has a function. I mean you do want air coming out of your nose when you're singing but primarily you want it coming out of your mouth. Your sinus cavity, your nasal cavity, it is a resonator but it's more of a kind of a secondary resonator and it's a resonator when you're in your head voice. I won't get into head voice and chest voice but primarily you want the air coming out of your mouth and so when it's mostly coming out of your nose, that's when the nasal sound comes.
Try this with me. This is an exercise to kind of get you to feel what it feels like to raise and lower your soft palate. Plug your nose and you're going to get that kind of a nasal sound, right? Now see what you have to do.
Just say like an E or something. So you're going, Eeehhh. Try to get the nasal out of your voice. Watch what you have to do, Eeehhh. Notice you should got the nasal sound out of your voice without unplugging your nose. What you did is you raised your soft palate so. Give it a try a couple of times and you will kind of figure out how to raise up that soft palate.
Now, you don't want your soft palate raised too high because if it's too high, you start sounding like Jimmy Stewart or you start sounding like Kermit the Frog. You don't want it way up there but if it's lower, you start to sound like Lois from Family Guy or something.
So you don't want it too low. You don't want it too high. There is a balance of where you want it. Chances are that if you're having this nasal sound of your voice, then it is typically too low and you need to raise it slightly. But again if you raise it too much, it starts getting kind of weird-sounding and it also kills that natural kind of bell shape you have in the back of your throat that helps you resonate. So again you don't want to go too high. If it's too low, that's where the nasality is kind of coming from.
So I want to give you an exercise real quick of how to loosen up the sinuses and loosen up kind of the masked area right there and get a feel for that kind of nasal sound and it will help you when you are singing to kind of avoid that kind of sound. I call it the nare exercise. And you will practice the nare and more exercise in Superior Singing Method or you can read a FREE Superior Singing Method Review by click the link.