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Hello there 😉

It’s been a while, but I’m back!

I was just helping one of my students unlock her lower vocal range today, and it suddenly occurred to me…I should do a video on how to sing low notes better. It seems there’s a lot of coverage or tips offered on how to sing or belt high notes, but the lower voice is usually very much neglected.

This results in a very common vocal problem – while singers seem to be able to do all the flowery stuff in their mix or head voice (the medium high and high notes), the moment the songs shifts to their lower range, the resonance or the timbre of their voices is lost.

Singers who don’t deal with this often have to camouflage this missing range in their voices by improvising and singing some higher notes instead. But you know what? You don’t have to shy away from those low notes! Not anymore.

Here are 3 steps to singing lower notes better!

Step 1: Use The Right Vocal Register (Chest Voice)

All of us have 4 Vocal Registers – the Chest Voice, Mix / Middle Voice, Head Voice & The Whistle Register.

Low notes have to be sung in the Chest Register, the lowest vocal register that you’ve got.

Place your palm just under your neck, right where both your collar bones meet. Sing and hold, “Aaaah….” in your lowest note possible and feel the vibration/resonance where your palm is. If you don’t feel it, try to concentrate on shifting the vibration/resonance of your voice there, by playing around with your notes into your lower range. If you don’t feel the vibration there at all, but in your throat or in your vocal mask (the front of your face) instead, it’s very likely that you’re not using your Chest Voice. That usually explains why you can’t seem to hit those low notes comfortably or with power and better resonance.

Watch the video to get a better idea on how to feel the Chest Voice and get the hang of singing with your Chest Voice.

Step 2: Watch Your Larynx 

You’ll have to make sure you larynx is in somewhat, a neutral position, and not dipped too low.

It’s natural for us, when we speak or sing in a lower tone, for the larynx to drop lower. However, you don’t want it go too low. If you’re wondering what the larynx is, it’s your Adam’s apple (your voice box).

Observe your larynx position in the mirror as you sing those low notes. Make sure the larynx is not dipping downwards dramatically. Watch the video to see how a larynx looks like when dipping downwards too much.

Now,  for not so fleshy people, the movement of the larynx can be seen very obviously. However, for fleshier people, or people with mightier necks, it may not be so obvious. So, place your hand on your larynx instead (gently). Try singing from high to low again and check that your larynx is not dropping down too low. When the larynx is too low, it doesn’t help you sing those low notes clearly.

What we should aim for instead, is to allow the larynx to dip only slightly. Watch the video to hear the difference when the larynx is lowered slightly – you’ll be able to sing those lower notes and sound more natural. When the larynx is lowered too much, the voice can shift to the back of your vocal mask and sound somewhat muffled, or in my preferred choice of description, dopey.

Step 3: Focus On The Vowels

For the words of which you’ll be singing in those lower notes, make sure you pronounce the vowel clearer (not in an airy fashion) – this can help you get a better grip of those notes, and also help you avoid singing those notes in Vocal Fry instead.

Vocal Fry results in a croaky sound, which might help you hit the notes, but in very scratchy and soft volume. If you sing your low notes in Vocal Fry, it’s hard to control the consistency of your vocal tone and also hard to get any louder or more resonant with your voice. It’s simply hard to use your vocal mask to amplify your voice as you sing those low notes if you sing in Vocal Fry.

Watch the video to get a better idea on how to identify if you’re singing in Vocal Fry and also how to focus on the vowels to hit those low notes clearer and with more precision.

And that’s it!

Have fun applying these 3 steps, and you’ll be on your way to singing those low notes better 😀

If you want more vocal tips or singing video lessons, remember to sign up for the free singing videos here on www.unlockyourvoice.com.my/

As for questions – you know what to do. Just drop them below! 😉

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