Feeling Nasal?

13 Jul

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Well, it was bound to happen. My annual summer cold came calling for me this week. & it stuffed me up to the point where I didn’t sound like my normal self. So, I couldn’t work!

Now that I’m on the tail-end of it – I thought I’d do some research on how to stop sounding “nasal-y.” & wow! Did I find some cool stuff . . .

*The soft palate is what really controls nasality.  It actually moves upward to close off the nasal cavity for certain sounds.
* The only sounds that are meant  to go up into the nasal cavity to be resonated are “M,” “N,” and “-ing.” Other sounds will result in a nasal voice (You know, like Fran Drescher on The Nanny? Love her.)
* Mainly, nasality is either learned (by copying someone who has it or where this type of talk is prevalent), or what results from a lazy soft palate.

So although overall nasality is difficult to correct, there are a few things you can try.  They’ve really helped me to sound less nasal in the last days of this head cold!

– Drop your jaw & think of aiming your voice at a point behind the center of your bottom front teeth when you talk.
– Imagine the sound coming up from your throat & turning to fall down toward the floor.

Ms. Ann S. Utterback is one smart lady – she has a Ph.D. & is a Voice Specialist. Ann talks in great detail about nasality in her article here, so feel free to visit her post & get more detailed information.

Happy Recording!
Rose Caiazzo, Professional Voice Over Talent
Based out of *fantastical* Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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