What is Twang and How Do I Do It?
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.