How to Sing Lower

What's up everyone if you're watching this video then you are without a doubt trying to make your voice deeper not what I can tell you is only gonna allow you to bring your voice to its natural depth which nine times out of ten is usually deeper than what it is now now you may sound like Batman you may not you just you have to be happy with whatever your natural death is now there are four things that which you can do to allow you to be able to speak deeper or allow you to get that natural depth first thing is just to breathe like you need to breathe and allow the conversation your words to flow okay you can't think about it too much and if you'll notice if you're not breathing properly I should say if you're just kind of like going with the conversation your breathing is very shallow and you tend to speak from up here your throat instead of speaking from down into your stomach region your diaphragm and you'll notice once you start breathing and just allowing the conversation flow that your natural depth will begin to come in and it's not going to be forced at all it's just get it's going to be very natural the second thing that you can do is to stretch your neck muscles right so you can go from side to side you can go from back – forward go-around and you're just simple next stretches will allow your voice to be more relaxed and for that natural depth to come into play now the third thing you can do is some deep chanting you can do this every now and then you don't really have to do it religiously it's just it's something that will allow your voice to be more relaxed and that its natural depth whenever you speak so an example of this would be for you to just be like that sounds ridiculous for some of you but the fact is that it does work and the last thing right is it's called primal scream therapy now this in a sense is this this method where you yell as loud as you can and what it does is it's allowing you to release any trapped emotions and I found this to be very effective because throughout life you begin to build a neurotic holding patterns and just energy you know stagnant energy within you and these emotions that are trapped inside you and whenever you speak to someone you never you never there accordingly you know you're never speaking how you naturally would speak if you were at ease right you always had this ease so I guess you could say that we all have a disease but anyways with the whole primal scream therapy my experience is that when I was a child I was abused and growing up I felt like when I would speak to someone I could never actually be myself in the sense of like my voice was always being withheld I was always speaking from like up here and I was always speaking as fast as I could I was always trying to get my point across as fast as I could and I would feel always I would always feel off I would feel like if I couldn't speak and it was like a constant struggle and the moment I figured this whole primal scream therapy and I started to do it it kind of allowed me we're not kind of but it did allow me to release all those trapped emotions and release those neurotic holding patterns and it allowed me to just speak you know with my natural depth and it will allow you to do the same with that I'll leave you that is everything you need to make your voice deeper or as I say bring your voice to its natural depth thank you guys for watching I do hope that this has helped you in one way if you want our support then you can just share the video I would greatly appreciate that and thank you guys.

Hey there Reggie Burnley vocal coach here I have an answer to another question that I received and please you guys keep leaving your questions I look at them all I get to as many as I can but this one was from a guy who said I'm a baritone but I can't really sing really well and I have a damaged voice now I don't know exactly what's going on with his voice but I will tell you that typically what I find is that baritone spaces have a tendency to forward record their throats and to try to create their sound what that does over time it kind of wears out the voice a little bit but if you have this idea think about this your vocal cords to hear your larynx is here you want to always maintain this position where your larynx is more in place even when you're going into your lower notes your brain will hear the lower note and direct your body oh that's where you get into trouble I used to do this I bring this up because that's what I used to do I thought I needed to have this really great big sounding voice so I would start to go back and my throat to try to do that really cause lots of vocal problems I'm going to do an exercise here now I haven't even really warmed up yet today but I'm going to do this because I want you guys to feel how you're going to get to this especially you baritones and basses I'm going to do this exercise take you a while to get this one but I'm going to try to focus internally where I'm hearing that all my notes are staying above my cheek never leaving there going back of my throat okay let's try it from here hey I'm still here [Music] now the weird part in that your brain is going to hear these notes going down you've got to reverse it so you're going to think eh right there I'm always thinking I'm closing a little bit going up it starts to develop a new internal habit in your body let me go back a little bit so you a little bit more Hey [Applause] Hey Hey what I was doing there a always giving you the starting place when you focus on that starting place as you're doing these descending exercises the exercises that are going low if you focus on that and try to keep it there you're going to change internally what's been going on now the other thing about this once you develop this and start to feel that you're controlling that you will also discover that you will hit your higher notes a lot easier as well hope that helps you guys and keep sending your questions I'll see you soon now if you would like to work with me personally to develop the voice of your dreams be sure and check the links below also be sure and engage leave comments and share this with your friends.

hey guys Madeleine Harvey here and thanks so much for joining me today hey if you liked today's video please be sure to give it a thumbs up or click the subscribe button below I would so love to see you here more often in today's video we're going to be talking about how you can sing really low so it's a rather exciting video but hey if you want to learn how to sing really high I also have a video available for that as well called how to sing really high so be sure to check that out I'll provide a link below for you to go from here to there okay so let's go ahead and get started so singing really low mmm it's just as yummy as being able to sing really high especially if you have a brighter voice it's really really nice to be able to extend those lower notes and say I can do this too so anyways let's go ahead and get started just like the how to sing really high video we're going to talk about vocal chord position now don't worry if you've not seen that video because I'm going to explain vocal chord position in this video as well and I'll go ahead and do this now for you so if we were to look inside of your throat food it put a little mum what is that called video camera down into your throat we would see your larynx in kind of this diamond-shaped position in your throat so your larynx is where your vocal cords live and your vocal cords are stretched in a V shape across the larynx so when you sing high your larynx extends and lengthens and your vocal cords become like rubber bands and they stretch and as you've seen really low it contracts and your vocal cords kind of shorten I like to call it like it's kind of like guitar strings the thinner the string the higher in a note the thicker the string the lower the note so it's like it's like that so what we want to do is when we're when we're talking about vocal chord position is we really really really want to become master of relaxation and this is why I'm making I'm always making such a big deal about relax relax relax because we get those compensating muscles out of the way by that I mean those muscles that interfere and they create collapse and tension in the entire mechanism and it makes seem very very difficult so you know you know I mean we've all done it we've all sang in that way using these muscles to kind of help us out but we don't need to on the lower end of the notes it will feel like putting pressure on the voice so if I go now that's not pretty but you can hear that I'm putting pressure on the voice what that is it's called fog and it's when you put so much pressure on the larynx it lowers and the vocal cords they burst apart and that's why we have that kind of foggy sound so what we want to do again first and foremost is to get the vocal cords kind of contracting on the lower end freely without the use of these I mean these muscles here these compensating muscles so let's just go ahead and calm down I'll take that note for myself just go ahead and calm down kind of down shift your energy good stretch your neck just a little bit oh we need to become masters of relaxation again so the muscles don't interfere but also to create resin resonating space so lower notes they tend to resonate into the body and into the throat and in the mouth now it depends on the note how low it's going to go kind of like limbo so let us just do a nice little uh-uh kind of sound there's not a lot of pitch to it we're not extending the no Doubt's a small unit of sound but let's just almost like we're tired you know like so we're just feeling the vocal cords connect on the inside without the use of these outside so again let's try that be very very still down shift your energy feel the space inside and when you feel all that uh-uh-uh-uh-uh and try whatever feels really comfortable to you now we can always work it out right on the lower end but try whatever feels really comfortable for you free open comfortable uh-uh uh-uh good again you can move around a little bit as you're doing them okay cool so that's a very effective very very simple little sound that you can do that kind of checks you in that way you're not using these compensating muscles these out these exterior muscles to manipulate and put pressure on the voice it's very very important okay so promise me that you'll do that like if you have a song and it's a lower note that you'll just kind of take a minute and go ah ah not to mention the tone will open up open up as well and you'll have lots of presence within your tongue so that's one sound that you can do I think that we'll have three by the Institute today so the second sound is very extreme and it's kind of weird but it is an extreme cord closure and it's kind of like a drinking water sort of sound so don't worry if you can't do this sound it's totally fine but keep playing with it you know the spirit of play keep playing with it and I'm sure that you'll get it very soon but go ahead and swallow your mouth space and I'll show you what the sound is that drinking water sound so if I go you know like if you ever played when you were a kid like house or whatever and you're like oh like that guy's sound maybe I was a weird kid I don't know I don't know but you want to have no mouth space and just feel you can connect those it's very bassy right there's a lot of depth there go ahead and try this with me nice and slow take your time good this is a great sound because again we're not notice how we're not using any exterior muscles to manipulate the sound this is all on the inside of the larynx those are the interior muscles so we're contracting the larynx like this and we're getting a nice nice deep cord closure from front to back of the vocal cord so let's try this one more time ah ah we'll give you a lot more depth in your sound so if you're playing around with lower sound and it just kind of feels like huh I know it's a weird sound but you may come across it as you're playing with it with a particular song but if it feels like you're just blowing air across the chord and you want to give it more depth try that ah ah and it will give you more depth in your sound so the first one was just a UH kind of like a nice it's called a glottal stop but we're being very gentle about it and then the second sound is the extreme cord closure with the drinking water sound and our third sound is my favorite and that's why I've waited to the end to give it to you and that's the vocal fry so far in all three of our sounds it's been very small units of sound it's very important to remember tiny little units of sound uh uh very small small units of sound we don't want to go super broad with our units of sound just yet keep it very small because you're teaching the chords how to contract and connect again without interference for the compensating muscles so what we're going to do on the vocal fry and if you've if this is the first time you're hearing about the vocal fry all it is is the smallest unit of sound that we can create so what we're hearing is an oscillation of kind of two pitches happening at one time and I kind of call like the creaky door sound it's kind of creepy oh but your vocal cords opening and closing kind of rapidly or slowly rapidly or slowly it's all rapid but in the grand scheme of things it's slower than normal and because that's what you're hearing you're hearing the oscillation of the pitch Amy whoo anyhoo what we're going to do is we're going to teach your vocal chords how to descend into the vocal fry so when to use the vocal fry that is a great question I'm really glad you asked it you slip into the vocal fry the second you feel that you may apply pressure to your voice so if I'm here and I go ma ah did you hear me put pressure on my voice well then I would slip right into the vocal fry the second that I felt I'm tricky now I didn't really need to do that there but that's what we're gonna do together we're going to actually start here on the middle C and we're D sending so it's like limbo we want to see how low can we go but what we're gonna do first is feel our ah-ah-ah-ah kind of sound we're going to coordinate this pitch and then D send feeling it stay nice and open and we're going to go quite low with it we want to see really how low can you go but the second you feel pressure you slip into that vocal fry' okay you still get credit you still get credit for the pitch but you slip into that vocal fry' because what you're doing is you're teaching the vocal cords how to coordinate that pitch but in a way that's without using again those compensating muscles here we go regular sound slip into the fries you feel pressure ma yeah that's really low that's really low well that's what this video is called how to think really low but yeah we're vocal frying those notes again to keep pressure off the voice right now it is not about getting the pitch not at all right now it's about developing the note and each note has a particular vocation meaning as we are descending each note has a particular position as it contracts lower and lower and lower and lower so you're really just kind of getting to know that position using the vocal fry' the more you work with it the more you'll be able to easily coordinate those pitches and they'll they'll be rich and there'll be full and there'll be depth to them so let's go ahead and review really really fast we want to keep these muscles out of the way that is the biggest the biggest moral of the story today keep these compensating muscles out of the way always always working to create space so the first sound is called a glottal stop but make sure that as you play with it it really comes from a sense of release you're not going oh you're not hitting ah-ah-ah local chord connection with release second one is the extreme cord closure and I like to think of the sound as like cheesecake you know you don't want to live off of cheesecake and always eat cheesecake so in moderation right and this is for when you feel that it's like a thinner sound and you want to give it some depth then just and try again ah ah you'll feel a little bit more fullness there and then the best is saved for last and that's the vocal fry' so you know when to use the vocal fry is when you feel that tiniest little bit of pressure on the voice like you're trying to reach for the note reach down for the note then you slip into the vocal fry and it allows the vocal whores to kind of get an opportunity to kind of feel that coordination without pressure okay so there it is folks how to sing a really really low I'm looking forward to hearing your feedback and more of your singing questions I hope you've enjoyed today's video if you have please be sure to give it a thumbs up or click the subscribe button below I would love to see you here more often and be sure to check back often for more vocal tips and singing tricks thank you so much for joining me today and I will see you.

– If you're new to this singing thing, then you're possibly still trying to reach those uber high notes at the very top of your range. Look, extending your singing range is not the be all and end all of better singing, but if it were, which it's not, then singing higher would only be half of the story. What about those notes at the other end of your range? Today's video is all about learning to sing your lower notes with more ease and consistency.

– [Announcer] Sound check (crowd cheering) Check one, check two. (upbeat music) – Hi, my name is Dr. Dan. Welcome to Voice Essentials where everyone sings. Now I've had quite a few requests from subscribers of late asking me to do a video about singing low notes. For example, Phillip recently commented, “Hello Dan, do you have any videos of increasing “or maximize the LOWER RANGE? “I have not found one at your channel, “if you have one can you please link it to me? “If you do not have a video for it can you please make one? “I think there are more people than just me “that wants to increase/maximize the lower range.” I agree Phillip, which is why I have made this video not only for you, but for every singer who wants to develop their whole range, not just those notes that sit in the stratosphere.

So how do we develop our low notes? Well, before we get to some practical exercises that I know are going to really help you access your lower notes more easily. We first need to quickly need to identify those technical things that you need to master to create the right vocal environment for the low notes. Firstly, you need to be able to deliver a consistent breath stream through the larynx. For many of you the lower notes will require a significant reduction in breath pressure. When we do the exercises together in a minute or so, I want you to work towards maintaining a clean note, that is neither pressed or breathy. Secondly, pay attention to your alignment. When we sing lower notes the temptation is to drop the head. But this only serves to squash the larynx. Lower notes may be advantaged by a slightly lower larynx, but be careful not to overdue it because a larynx that is held low consistently is likely to fatigue more quickly. For more about laryngeal position, be sure to watch my video about the benefits of neutral larynx, after this video I will leave a link below.

Finally, before we start workshopping our lower notes together, pay attention to your vocal tract shapes as the notes descend. Your low notes will sound fuller, if you can maintain a sense of width through the pharyngeal space. That is the back of your throat. Deeper sounds enjoy cavernous spaces, so work on lifting your soft palate, while you keep your tongue placed forward. So with these technical ideas in mind, breath management, alignment, and resonance let's get practical with three exercises that will help you to sing lower.

(crowd cheering) – [Announcer] Sound check. – A big part of developing stronger and more reliable low notes, is taking the time to isolate your lower notes and intentionally workshop them. I'm going to be using my keyboard for the first two activities, but if you don't have a keyboard at home you can easily download track two and three from my exercise CD. For the first activity, you'll need track three which is a single note exercise. We'll be using the track a little differently, so let's do the exercise first, and then I'll explain how to use the CD track a bit further. The first activity is a single note exercise, and we're simply going to sing a single note and hold it for a few beats, and we'll step each note down a semitone as we go.

Have a listen. (keyboard note) ♫ Yaaa (lower keyboard notes) ♫ Yaaaaaa (lower keyboard notes) ♫ Yaaaaaaaaa (lower keyboard notes) ♫ Yaaaaaaaaaaaa (lower keyboard notes) ♫ Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa You'll notice that I started at the bottom of my comfortable singing range on D3. If you don't know what your comfortable singing range is yet then I'll leave a link in the description section below to a video that will teach you how to find it. As I step down from D3, I'm sustaining the note and being mindful of my breath, alignment and resonance.

When we exercise the voice like this, we are workshopping very particular muscle coordinations, which in turn help us to focus in on the task at hand. As I said, you can use track three from my exercise CD for the single note activity, but you will need to commence the notes approximately one octave lower than what the CD suggests, because we are slightly changing the track's original purpose.

The second activity is a five note scale sung in a descending pattern. Again, I'll start with my base note of D3. (keyboard notes) ♫ Ya-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-Ah (lower keyboard notes) ♫ Ya-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah (lower keyboard notes) ♫ Ya-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah (lower keyboard notes) ♫ Ya-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah (lower keyboard notes) ♫ Ya-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah You might have noticed that my voice found it a little harder to sing down to the lowest note that I reached on the single note activity, which was B flat 2. That's because the five note scale first has an upward movement before it sings down. Our aim is to be able to achieve the same lowest note for both activities. If the voice can sing one note in one activity, then all things being equal it should be able to achieve the same note on the same vowel in the other.

If you're using track two from my exercise CD, which by the way is free, you'll need to find the point at which the scales start to descend. Again, remember to focus on your breath, alignment, and resonance as your voice sings through the scale. Our final activity today is to grab the most recent song you've been working on, and using either the verse or chorus, or for that matter both, if you're super keen try singing the melody down an octave.

Start by simply singing an open vowel like “Ah”, and then try doing it with the lyrics. The aim is to maintain a consistent tone that doesn't bottom out, or become intermittent as the landscape of the melody moves up and down. I'm keen to hear how you all go workshopping your lower notes, so leave your comments in the description section below, letting us all share in your experience and perhaps this is the first time you've watched one of my videos, welcome to Voice Essentials. If you love learning to sing, then please take a moment to subscribe, I'd love to join you on your learn to sing journey. I hope to see you again soon. I'm Dr. Dan, sing well. More singing lessons go to how to sing page and pick your favorite singing lesson.

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