How To Sing Without Sounding Nasal

Want to learn how to sing without sounding nasal? Read on...

I’d like to give you a few tips to remove that nasal sound from your voice.

These tips will help you to sing with an effortless, balanced tone. Each tip also doesn’t’ take too long to adopt and learn from. Pretty soon you’ll be singing with a beautifully balanced voice that isn’t nasal at all!

On a side note, here's a great video that show's you how to improve your tone quality, which goes hand in hand with not sounding too nasal.

Before we get into the tips though, let’s take a look at why your tone is nasal.

Your tone quality is determined by the way that you use your vocal resonance. Your vocal resonance is the way that your sound bounces around inside your head. There are three different acoustic cavities involved in forming your sound. And your overall tone quality depends on the way that your sound vibrates through these cavities.

The three acoustic cavities in your head are your throat, your mouth, and your nasal cavity.

Now there are a few other things involved in this “tone production” process, but this “resonance” issue is the most crucial to forming a balanced tone. If you can master your "resonance" you will know how to sing without sounding nasal. In fact, your tone will be beautifully balanced and pure.

So… to learn how to sing without sounding nasal, you need to learn to balance your sound so it settles in these three cavities in a balanced manner. The “nasal” sound that you are hearing is most likely happening because you are jamming too much of your sound into your nasal cavity.

Singing teacher explains about learning how to sing without sounding nasal

Instead you need to train your voice to distribute the sound into the three cavities in a balanced way.

How can you find this balance?

Well, it’s simple as practicing exercises that automatically encourage your resonance to balance itself.

The thing not to do is try and “force” your sound to go where you want it. Singing is a very natural process, and every time you try and “force” anything, your voice will fall apart.

Balancing every aspect of your voice is all about practicing exercises that encourage a balanced voice!

Yes, I know it sounds simple, but really, that’s the way a great singing voice is developed.

Watch this video to learn some placement techniques to balance your voice.

When you practice exercises that balance your voice, and pay attention to how it feels as you do this, you will be well on the way to developing a great singing voice.

Tips To Learn How To Sing Without Sounding Nasal

Here are some effective tips that will help you to counter that “nasal” sound quality.

Firstly, as I have mentioned, if you practice exercises that encourage your voice to become balanced, you will have rich success with your voice. I highly recommend the exercises taught in this free video series. Every exercise in this program will mold your voice so it becomes balanced and excellent.


Singing with a slightly dopey tone can be very effective at taking out that nasal sound in your voice. This also has a relaxing effect on your voice because it prevents your swallowing muscles from causing your voice tension.

Just add a slight dopiness to your voice and see how your voice becomes more balanced, and things feel a little easier.

Stay Relaxed

Being as relaxed as you can when you sing is crucial for a balanced sound. When you sing, if things become tense or hard, try bending over at the waist. This feeling of gravity pulling you down can provide a magical feeling of freedom.

I know. It’s easy for me to sit here and tell you to be relaxed as you sing. The thing is though, your best singing voice will be your most relaxed one. If you are finding singing a tense and difficult thing, or maybe your high notes cause you to reach and strain…

I highly encourage you to investigate the free video course on this page. These exercises will take the strain off your voice and teach you how to sing without sounding nasal.

It's All Comes Down To Technique

These “vocal tension” issues, as well as a nasal sounding voice are caused by technique issues. These things can be fixed quite easily, with the right instruction. Only the right exercises will relieve this tension, and eliminate the nasal sound from your voice.

One last reminder. Never try to force sound into your resonance cavities deliberately. Just allow it to happen naturally. Take the voice you speak with, and use that voice to sing. Your speaking voice isn’t hard to use or unbalanced is it?

Singing is just an advanced way of speaking on pitch. Allow thing to happen naturally just as when you speak and your voice will come together easily. I hope these tips help you to understand how to sing without sounding nasal. Good luck!

About The Author

Roger Burnley - Vocal CoachRoger Burnley - Vocal Coach

Roger Burnley is a vocal coach located in Hollywood, California. He has been teaching the voice for over 30 years and singing for even longer than that. 

His clients including Grammy Winners, Broadway Performers, Movie Stars, Rock stars, Finalists on The Voice and American Idol, and many thousands of singers ranging from beginner to professional level.  

Notable past and present clients include Macy Gray, Brandy, Ray J, The Beastie Boys, James Torme, Taylor Lautner, Nona Gaye, and many more. 

His clients have collectively sold more than 30 million albums, with several reaching Platinum and Gold status. 

Roger has been featured on VH1, TV Guide Channel, TV One,
and MTV appearing as a vocal expert.

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