Hey guys, welcome back again to Ken Tamplin
Vocal Academy, where the proof is in the singing. We’re going to be discussing nasality today,
or how not to sing nasally, but before we do that, I think it’s really important to
ask ourselves a couple of real big questions. There’s a lot of information floating around
on the Internet on a lot of different subjects from a lot of different vocal coaches. So
how can you tell what information is actually legitimate, and what really works, and what
doesn’t? The only real way to tell is to ask yourself
a couple of big questions, and that is this: does the vocal coach themselves sing, and
sing well, so that they can prove and demonstrate what they’re teaching is true, and do they
have a lot of students that also sing and sing well that prove out their method?
At Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy we have over 300 videos of several dozen students that
actually prove out what we teach, because we believe that the proof is in the singing.
With that said, let’s get started with nasality. What is nasality? Well nasality is using too
much air throughout the velo-nasal port, or through the sinus cavities and down in through
the nose. So how can we avoid that? Well, there’s several things we can do that are
really easy, simple tips and tricks, and one is this. It’s going to sound silly, but we’re going
to simply plug our nose. Now, we’re going to do a simple triad scale, I’ll do it first
for the guys in the guys’ register, and then I’ll do it for the ladies… But we’re
going to start with a real nasally sound to determine what that sounds like. So I’m
going to start with and ah vowel on a simple triad.
(nasally) Lah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ahhh… Right? Or for ladies it’s: (higher and nasally)
Lah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ahhh… Right? It’s going to have that real, real brassy, nasally
sound. Well, what we’re going to do is we’re going to simply plug our nose… Lah, ah,
ah, ah, ah, ah, ah… Ladies, let’s try it with you: Lah, ah,
ah, ah, ah, ah, ah… Now what we’ve done is we are determining
how we can allow the least amount, or no air out of the Velo nasal port, out of the sinus
cavity. Now something that’s a real cool trick is to get in front of the mirror and
look at the back of the throat, and you’ll see the soft palate should start to rise as
we ascend a scale. In fact your uvula, it’s the little dangly thing in the back of your
throat, and the soft palate will start to rise, and you can actually control and mitigate
the amount of air that goes in and out of the Velo nasal port.
Now, we don’t want to always not have any air to come out of the Velo nasal port, but
let me give you an example of, let’s say, take a simple song, to give you two choices
of how to mitigate, or give a percentage of air to come out of that, to determine a style,
or something that you may want to use when singing.
I’m going to pick an old Styx song, I love Dennis DeYoung, he’s an awesome singer.
To this day, the guy can rock. It’s awesome, his voice is fantastic, where many others have
lost their voice. But I’m going to sing an old Styx song called “Come Sail Away”.
I’ll sing it like Dennis, because he uses a lot of mask in his sound, so “I’m sailing
away…” Okay now there’s a lot of mask, and quite a bit of nasality in that sound.
Now, if you want to avoid, or cut back the amount of air to that sound, it would sound
something like this: “I’m sailing a way…” Now, notice at the end, on the EEE, I did
add a little bit of Velo nasal port sound to it, because I wanted to have it resonate
in the front of the face…