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Nasality and the Soft Palate - Techniques Streaming video

Nasality and the Soft Palate - Techniques Streaming video

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Have you been told you sound nasal?

Now you can learn exactly what causes nasality, how to control it, and how to find clearer diction

in 27 minutes or less!

NB This is the streaming version of Nasality and the Soft Palate - The Techniques, saved at a slightly lower level. For the DVD please click here

Nasality can have a significant impact on how clearly you speak and sing. This streaming version of our bestselling DVD contains practical, effective techniques to combat nasality by learning to control your soft palate

The soft palate is essential for our survival

It helps in breathing and in swallowing. We need to close off the nasal cavity when we swallow (or we'll have soup coming down our nose!). We need to open the nasal cavity in order to breathe, and to allow the incoming air to be moistened and filtered by the nose (or it can get too dry for our lungs).
But sometimes when we sing or speak, we lose contact with our soft palate, and can end up sounding nasal, dull, out of tune, even comical. If you want to sing or speak well, you will need to be in control of the soft palate.

This Nasality and the Soft Palate Techniques streaming video helps you understand:

  1. what causes nasality
  2. why you sometimes need nasality, and when you don't
  3. the 3-second, foolproof test for nasality
  4. finding the doorway into the nose
  5. whether the door should be open, closed or ajar
  6. how to monitor your practice from the outside
  7. why your soft palate is so important
  8. how to find and control your soft palate
  9. why what you feel isn't necessarily what is happening
  10. the difference between singing with "a cold in your nose", and singing "down your nose"
  11. whether you should feel anything in your nose when you sing or speak
  12. how to check if you're doing it right
  13. when sounding nasal is a good thing
  14. finding and controlling more resonance
  15. how to maximise the resonating cavity of the mouth
  16. why the soft palate can affect your tuning
  17. when doing it "wrong" can be right
  18. how to isolate your soft palate from your tongue and your jaw
  19. which exercises to do - and the most common mistake that people make
  20. why controlling the soft palate can help with good diction
  21. the three special sounds in the English language
  22. why not all accents and dialects are the same

Here are some myths about the soft palate:

"Contemporary musical theatre singing is always nasal"

"The soft palate is always raised when you sing"

"The soft palate lifts automatically when you breathe in"

"You can't control the soft palate"

"You get a brighter tone if you sing into your nose"

"The jaw, tongue and soft palate work together"
These myths are now busted!

This streaming video is packed with tips for teaching the techniques to your own students and clients, including using hand signs for clarity and isolation exercises to release excess tension. Filmed as part of the Singing and the Actor Training intensive seminar, you will see Jeremy and Gillyanne take the group step by step through identifying nasality, finding the soft palate, and gaining voluntary control of this doorway between the nose and mouth.
In less than 27 minutes.

Topics include:

Monitoring personal effort


Brain Pain and Competence


What is nasality?


Diagrams and film


Finding the soft palate


Moving from nasal to oral vowels


Opening and closing the door


Speaking with a dropped soft palate


Learn how to find and control your soft palate in less time than it takes to watch an episode of American Idol. Isn't your career worth it? (unless you're appearing on American Idol, of course...)

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