Whiny Nays And Koos And Goos Too

What Is The Difference Between Nasty Or Whiny “NAYS” And “KOO” Or “GEE” For High Notes In Your Vocal Range?


Great question…


Nasty or whiny “Nays” work your vocal focus (how much your vocal folds squeeze together). This is helpful on the high notes as one of the problems you can have as you go higher is that the vocal folds start to lose vocal focus.


The K is great for freeing up tongue tension at the back of the tongue as this part has to lift up everytime you say K. This helps to free up tension as you go higher in your vocal range. The K also is something called voiceless; this means that the vocal folds are in an open state when you say K this also helps with higher notes in that it stops you dragging up to much weight.

“OO” is a great vowel sound if you have too much vocal focus as you sing higher. In other words, if you are too nasty or whinny sounding ( of course you could just think less whinny too, but if you are struggling with this then KOO will help).


The G is the voiced partner of K so has the same effect on a tense tongue but has one main difference it is not voiceless. So the vocal folds stay connected as you say G. G will help you add a little more accent to the beginning of a note. Check out this cool website to see an animation of K and G in action. (when you get to the website you will need flash enabled and you need to click on the purple “stop” button next to the “fricative” button and then press G).

“EE” you say at the end of the “NAYS” try it now and you will see, say NEHEE can you hear the ee at the end so the EE vowel as in the word he helps to focus the vocal folds giving them more overtone so a brighter sound that projects well.

Have a great week!

Dyl 🙂

(Your Vocal Nerd)

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