How To Sing Loud And High Using Twang Without Nyah, Wah & Hee (Closed Soft Palate) – VOICE LESSON 29

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How To Sing Loud And High Using Twang Without Nyah, Wah & Hee (Closed Soft Palate) – VOICE LESSON 29

11: Hi, this is Craig from Shimizu Voice. And this is how to sing loud and high with twang without using all those noisy sounds that you have to make in regular training like wah, wah, like a baby. Or like nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah Because I know there’s people with very sensitive ears, who don’t like making those sounds and it’s difficult to train them.

:36 And it’s also the second part of a three part series of three muscles that all singers should be able to control.

:58 So part two will be the second most important muscle. That is the soft palate. The soft palate is important because it controls breath flow into the nasal passage. That’s why I nicknamed it, the nose door.

1:14 When we’re singing, we don’t want that nasal passage open because it’s a waste of air. And that extra air flow causes your vocal folds to strain

1:39 That closed position is also critical for the development of twang. So let’s get back to the soft palate training. The soft palate has three basic positions.

2:35 But when we begin to sing, depending on how you sing, then the soft palate has a tendency to relax and some air goes into the nose.

2:57 In that same vein, a singer should be able to close their soft palate whenever they wanted to.

3:35 That extra air flow bothers the vocal folds. So we want to be sure that it is closed. Ahh. Ahh. And you can hear when it closes because the voice gets very nasal. And you’re on your way to twang with your soft palate in its closed position…ahh…essential for twanging.

4:20 And actually they’re all very good at positioning the soft palate. What I’m big on is that you feel the soft palate in which position it is. And the closed position, that allows you to make those shrill sounds, it’s a tightening of that area above the soft palate.

5:00 The soft palate is located in the back of the mouth on the top. It’s connected to the hard palate. So if you use your tongue to trace your hard palate and go backward until it gets soft, that’s where your soft palate is.

7:15 So what does this have to do with twang? After you get used to not having any air going through the nose, then you try to sing loud and clear. And the loud, clear sounds that you make ahh, ahh. Guess what? You are twanging.

8:16 You want to develop twang without having to make all those other sounds, wah, nyah?

8:35 Now, getting back to the soft palate because we can’t perform like this. Repackage it…’TWANG DEVELOPER!”…make a ton of money.

9:00 I’m closing my soft palate.

9:30 And I’m just making my voice clear, and I’m twanging. Ah…. Ah…..

10:00 It’s also a good way to help those with too breathy head voices, too falsettoey. Just, uh, close off that soft palate, start up here, ahh, then give yourself a bad cold. Ahh…… You can sear how that developed into that wangy, twangy, nyah kind of sound. Ahh…. The key component was the soft palate. So if you can develop the ability to close it at will…a one in a million…chance of a lifetime. I was twanging it.

10:45 I know that’s hard to do, too for some of you. So then, the one that you want to do next is yawning. Ah. Ahh. Yawning is the sure fire way to close the soft palate.

11:32 Yawning. So those of you who can’t feel that soft palate tightening…yawn. Ahh. Ahh. Yawning closes the soft palate. Ahh. Yawning is also good for lowering the larynx. Ahh. Ahh.
What’s not good about yawning is that it sounds like yawning.

12:27 Even that lowering of the larynx should eventually be done with no tension. Ahh. Ahh. That’s why it doesn’t matter the style of singing that you want to do, controlling the soft palate is very important.

12:41 So this is Craig Shimizu with how to sing loud and high using twang without having to use all those noisy sounds. And also this is part two of three muscles that all singers should be able to control.

18 thoughts on “How To Sing Loud And High Using Twang Without Nyah, Wah & Hee (Closed Soft Palate) – VOICE LESSON 29

  1. nancyann78 says:

    By closed soft palate you mean raised?

  2. Hi Craig, I’m following your muscle videos closely. Glad you’re emphasizing
    feeling and envisioning the position of the soft palate and the area you
    have to tighten above it. Good to have a focus instead of a general raising
    the palate feeling. Also hearing the difference between letting air through
    and not is helpful, although I have to concentrate to realize the
    difference in my own singing. Consonants are difficult!! Nice beat from
    next door.


    Thanks very much Craig. May I ask, what you said beginning at at 3:46, a
    closed palate makes the voice nasal? I thought it was the opposite. Can you
    shed some light on that for me? Thanks in advance. Bob

  4. Joey Derozan says:

    Hey I’ve been working on inhalare la voce, and so when phonating, should I
    be trying to keep the diaphragm down, ribcage expanding and stomach going
    in? This is really helping me with overcompression and I’m trying to do
    this and breathe as efficiently as I can. Thank you

  5. ‫אסף שלום ליבוביץ‬‎ says:

    hi craig i see that in this video you are saing that the air sould’nt go
    through the nose mayby 2% but in your video How To Sing
    Better Using Placement in the last word the ”woo” you say that in the
    uper register the voice should resonate in the nasal cavitis
    can you explain more? thanks so much best wishes

  6. Trisha Taylor says:

    Hi Craig, once again you make singing that much effortless than all the
    techniques I learned over the years. I always thought how annoying and
    ridiculous they were to do! My singing never really got any better. With
    your teachings I am improving with every new video you make and share with
    us! I have an “Oldies show” I am putting together and this way of singing
    is going to help me with every song I will be doing. Thank you SO much as
    always! PS you DO have the moves for disco LOL ♥

  7. Hey Craig,
    I e-mailed you a video and thought you’d like to give your feedback by
    replying on this comment.
    Thanks :D

  8. AaronPulse says:

    I’m sorry but maybe you are wrong. I think you shouldn’t raise your soft
    palate too much cause you are eleminating all that nasal ringing sound that
    makes our voices healthy and resonant. The air leaking is actually
    depending on the vocal cords. You have to make a tight seal at the vocal
    folds level to be able to sing clearly. But nasal resonance helps too. 😀
    Balancing the resonators with the soft palate is 100% on spot though! So
    keep up the good work! :D

  9. Milena Braga Tavares says:

    you are a great and a funny teacher. I enjoyed watching you video, keep up
    the good work. 👍

  10. rzemeckis says:

    This is an amazing video. After the video I sang for an hour or so closing
    the nose. That is the the easiest I have sang in my five years of lessons.
    No strain at all. What I would like to know is the best way to train this?
    Should I just practice with a nose plug for a few months to hammer home the

  11. Gabriel Fausto Chaves says:

    Thank you so much. I’ve heard that letting some air move to the nose is
    something vital for us to achive hight notes easily and have “fuller
    resonance”, because it kind of balances our dark and light portions of the
    voice. So, is it a myth? Are we supposed to sing the whole time with the
    soft palate high?


  12. Spooky Chapin says:

    Hi shimizu i wonder if you can correct me with my singing tecnic. i have
    been getting sore throat t every often when i sing. we can do it by skype
    if you dont mind it. thanks and god bless you.

  13. Lynne Walker says:

    I am a person that dislikes singing Nyah, Nyah and making all those witchy
    sounds. I love the holding the nose idea intact i will use that more in my
    own practise and in my own teaching, its brilliant!!!! gives me a much
    clearer bright LOUD sound. Thanks for sharing your gift!

  14. WMDProductions says:

    Loved the lesson, was really informative as well as fun, definitely looking
    forward to learning more from you.

  15. chanteuse moi says:

    a crazy idea just came in my mind :d so i need to ask 😀 ,do u think that
    the ppl who can whistle very loud are the ones who can close the soft
    palate? and does the whistle has anything to do with singing? cause ive
    tried in the last time to learn how to whistle loud and just cant figure
    out whats the secret

  16. Hi Craig, Thanks for your videos. About that last comment about feeling odd
    saying you are Big, don’t let it it get to you. You are as big as any
    monitor out there and some of them make you 10′ tall now. About the
    hypo-nasal sound like you have a cold, I thought that was different from
    raising the soft palate because I feel that right behind my nostrils, like
    I am squeezing them together. It feels like they are closing above my hard
    palate, with lifting the soft palate it seems that I would feel it farther
    back on the roof of my mouth. Is that squeezing of the nostrils the same
    thing as raising the soft palate?

  17. Jotique Harlee says:

    Oh yeah I’m twanging it lol

  18. harvin siaputra says:

    I can’t close the nose door when pronouncing something like “no”. Sounds
    like “do”

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