If you are a guy with a vocal range on the low end or with a deep voice there is good news for you. You will find in this article specific exercises and tricks to help you sing better without straining your voice. Many vocal coaches today have different voice types and different styles of teaching as well. What one thing these coaches often fail to forget about when giving out lessons for male singers with a deep voice is vocal placement. When I first started learning, I went to a classical female coach she was an amazing singer, but I was taught nothing about placement. Because having a high range naturally, her voice created the right frequencies. My voice did not this is not a singing voice this is not what you can sing with. I've learned over time I need to place my voice. Now placement is it's somewhat of a figurative thing it's a figurative way to communicate with your vocal cords. So when I'm speaking my vocal cords are thick, floppy and loose. That's why I have a low voice. I speak around about a low D which is lower than my voice actually sounds but it's considerably lower to speak with. So when I'm singing I'm not taking this voice and bring it up through my range. I'm communicating with my vocal cords that I want them to be thinner, tighter and more controlled and I want them to make it frequencies which buzz in a specific place. So what you want to do is if you have a low range like me if you're a baritone of some sort if you're a little baritone or even a bass you want to think your voice is all above your mouth or all above the roof of the mouth. So when I'm singing a rock song like “it's been seven fifteen days since you took your love away” see even with my lip voice hitting high notes, I know how to sing that by placing my voice.
Obviously, there are other variables that goes into it as well. For instance, I'm being careful of my vowels. The other thing that we need to work on is the middle voice. If you're a baritone, a low singer like me you're probably trying to sing with the same frequencies that you speak with. If you listen to a really good singer, it's actually a different sound it's a different tone altogether. It's this pleasant tone. You especially notice it with a singer that has a low voice. When I'm singing something it is pleasant but not weak. More like a natural range. When I sing in that middle range it doesn't go weak. So if I go up an octave ah it doesn't get weak. It's not breathy like this pathetic sound. In contrast, it's assertive that is the best thing you can think of being assertive but not pushing. You don't want to yell at people because if you yell at people they're not going listen. You don't want to be weak and you don't want to have you know a really breathy weak sound. You want to be assertive. That's actually what I sing with so changes throughout your range and you can think of it it's kind of like a pyramid. Chest voice is you know the bottom of the pyramid what I'm speaking with now is the bottom of the pyramid. As we sing up in range like that we're going towards the top of the pyramid. It's not like I'm going breathy and disconnecting and it connects through my full range. There are some fantastic vocal exercises for working on this specifically. Do this simply by splitting up an octave into three steps up and three steps down. If we pick a note read about my break. I make a point of going into that pleasant assertive tone without straining your voice. You want to come back down from deliberately weak head voice. You also want to come back to that same assertive clear but pleasant tone then we start to take it up. When you work on how to do this properly, you'll have extended your middle voice your middle register and your middle tonality. Your voice is going to start to work like that pyramid like I was showing you before. So learning to sing with a low range can be a bit different to say than being a tenor or with females. You can probably hit the lower notes quite easily compared to many female voices. The other thing that is really really important is your vowels. The really important part here is there are a couple different types of practical vowel sounds. A, E, I , O , for example.
Unlike using your chest voice or mixed voice, here you are going for the nasal, kind of globally from your throat in the lower vocal range. Far away from your vocal box. You will find your soft palette is a bit against your nose and then those resonances channels open up. The second type or other types of vowels is Val modification or vowel positions which I much prefer teaching and using. If you get towards your vocal break, then my broken breaks are at about a B which is lower than most people. Depending on if you're a baritone at some point it's probably around about C to D that you want to change towards your first vowel position. You now want to think about singing it to the soft palate in your mouth so setting up your diaphragmatic breathing is key. You want to be thinking a middle voice with an open throat.
When you're singing see how the practical vowel sound stays the same as an AA but there's a very slight characteristic of oh there's a pallet. That point is the first bow position so you need to learn how to sing the five practical vowel sounds and you need to learn how to modify a vowel as you're extending. Placement is really important in a song with a low voice. Learn to sing with a middle voice or developed middle voice and get there sooner and get out of it later than other ranges is really important as well. Then there's the practical vowel sounds those five vowel sounds we talked about and then there's the vowel placement or vowel positions or vowel modifications. Once you practice and focus in on vowel placement you will get to your natural range. Both vocal training and vocal warm up lessons can help you with the sound of your deep voice.
Not everyone out there wants to just sing high notes. When you develop the technique for getting into your lower range it will magically start to help you get into your upper range a lot easier as well. The thing that happens with people with deep voices is they have a tendency to over emphasize and go really deep as if they are over reaching trying to reach their lower ranges. If you are a bass in a choir for instance if you're saying that you typically were trying to make these really big sounds and so you would kind of form this habit of going way back in your throat you're swallowing muscles would come down whenever that happens it's cutting off your air. Anytime this happens you're not going to have the kind of richness or projection in the lower part of your range. You should listen to some of the great singers that had deep voices. One singer that comes to mind is Arthur Prysock who had a really great voice. He could hit really rich deep tones but also he still had his upper range as well. You can look him up but he's a jazz singer. Most of you probably wouldn't know him but just look him up and listen to some of the things we talk about here. You'll see the richness that is there but this is the key. Listen to Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah song and pay attention to the notes without strain and vocal folds. When you are going down into your lower range what you want to start doing is preventing yourself from going back in your throat or going way back in your down in your throat to try to reach those notes. Try to see what your lowest note is. You must understand that your brain is directing what's going on in in your body internally. When you're hearing notes going down you're thinking oh you're going way back there. Now if I start to reverse that meaning that I'm going to think that I'm actually going up into those lower notes and in the beginning to really help me kind of feel that at the same time I'm going to start to close my mouth a little bit. I'm here ahh are still there now what's happening is I have not cut off my air but ugh or way back there. Eventually you're going to start to get a much richer tone in those notes. Now on this is this is actually low for me and I'm more of a baritone tenor. So essentially it's not a natural thing for me to go that low. Which it will not be for most of you in the beginning as well. So what you're going to do again is close your mouth and think that at the same time ah you're breaking those notes up. I'll tell you many many years ago the first person that I heard do this and I was like really amazed was Michael Jackson who you most know of him can sing higher notes but he also had the ability to vocalize and going to those really low notes. It did help over time to keep his the rest of his technique in place as well. So just practice this a bit the main point is that it's not going to necessarily sound great in the beginning don't worry about that it's more about you developing the coordination just close your mouth ah ah sound staying up there. Give yourself time for it to adjust in your body. Practice singing daily and pay attention to deep breathing and those octaves you are able to hit. Be sure to check the promoted online singing lessons here as well, who know you could end up in a natural Johnny Cash voice. Be sure to read more tips on the how to sing better page.