Vocal Twang and How to Do It

vocal twang - how to di it correctly

What is Twang and How Do I Do It?

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Part 2 analysis from the ‘How to Sing High Notes Softly‘ video.

Vocal twang is often misconstrued and frequently confused with nasality in the singing voice. The audible difference can be very similar from a listener’s point of view but let’s take a look at what is happening with the singing instrument.

Nasality is the amount of resonance emanating from the nasal cavity and this can be controlled by the positioning of the soft palette. In a neutral position, the air pathways to the nose and mouth are open and the voice can resonate equally in both.

A raised soft palette can completely block the passageway from the throat (oropharynx) into the nose (nasopharynx) which results in no nasality at all as the voice will resonate primarily in the mouth.

When the tongue is raised or the soft palette is lowered so that they contact each other then all of the sound is directed into the nasal cavity.



  • BOB

    Reply Reply March 26, 2014

    This was great Tony. Even as an advanced vocalist, there’s so much you can forget or move off of.

  • Jim

    Reply Reply April 20, 2014

    I can’t find a link for Part 3. Is it posted yet?

  • Mauro Cordeiro

    Reply Reply April 29, 2014

    Tony, you´re an AMAZING teacher!!! Long time we don´t chat LOL =) I appreciate A LOT your teaching and your great singing lessons! Thanks a lot from your Brasil singing disciple Mauro =)

  • Yali

    Reply Reply June 7, 2014

    You are the best! Your explanations are always as clear as spring water. It did take me quite some time to really get what the “tilt” was; understanding the difference between twang and nasality was also quite hard. I’ve already made so much progress just by watching your videos as well as listening to your songs (at least I think I did…).

    Once I get enough money to afford it, I’m definitely taking some serious singing lessons with you. Well, that is if you accept, of course, hahaha!

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