I’m sure you noticed that a lot of singers work very hard to reach high notes as strongly as they can. However, when it comes to singing the low notes, they usually go out of their tune. Moreover, their voices become weak, hoarse and bad to the ears. A good singer must have the capability to handle high or low note with ease.
When you aim to sing your high or low notes, you should relax and loosen your cords. But when you do it, you should be able to hold singing the tone, and not going out of your way. The fact is that you may not have practiced the right way to do it that is why your voice is not steady. But if you have a strong determination to do it, you can achieve your goal in no time. All you have to do is practice lowering your larynx, or pursing your lips to reach a lower tone and a lower pitch.
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Why Is It So Important To Master The Lower Notes That Are Under Your Vocal Range?
Sadly, most trained singers tend to neglect the importance of mastering the lower notes in singing. Many singers, including me, especially at the initial stage of my singing career, always tend to focus on strengthening the upper region of the vocal range and were finding ways to improve vocal skill to hit the high notes effectively.
In fact, the lower vocal range is equally important as the upper vocal range. Many popular songs use very low notes in some parts of the song. Thus, you really need to train yourself to be able to sing in lower notes if you want to become a professional singer that is very flexible and capable of performing different kinds of songs perfectly, not manner high or low.
The weak low notes will be resulting forceful voice, breaking notes, inconsistent vibrato and uneven singing voice that sounded like you were out of breath while singing the lower parts of the song.
In Singing Low Notes, There Are Physical Limitations
The length of your cords is a determining factor in this case. A long-scale bass can sustain a note by doing a lower tone, just like in a Bass guitar. But even in the case of a bass guitar, it starts to make an irritating sound if the string becomes too loose.
You may have noticed that usually, those male singers who have the deepest voices have ENORMOUS NECKS. It’s amazing to see that their Adam’s apples are so big just like the size of a fist, and their trachea is huge. You can imagine that their vocal cords have a larger diameter. However, female singers have a smaller larynx as compared to the male singers. Therefore, they have shorter vocal cords just like the length of a long-scale bass guitar. Here, the law of physics has something to do with the physical limitations of human beings.
As a rule, Baritones can reach lower notes as compared to Tenors. Therefore, a baritone can sing well as a tenor or even a soprano if he trains. But a tenor will have a hard time training to sing lower baritone or hitting bass notes.
Exercises & Techniques To Strengthen Your Low Notes
Do you know that it is possible to train yourself in sustaining better-quality notes at the bottom of your range?
To do this, you should lower your larynx, extend your lips, and get a strong breath support. Here, you have to open your throat a bit wider and be careful in positioning your tongue and jaw.
1) Resonance Techniques
Remember to relax your vocal chords as the notes become lower in pitch. But if you relax them too much, then, you take the risk of losing control of your sound. So, if you want to control your low notes, you should feel the vibration in your face or resonance when you sing low notes. You’ll find this something difficult because you cannot sing low notes in a loud voice, and louder notes usually vibrate more. If you aim to hit low notes, you should have presence and clarity, and not volume. This is where you’ll realize the use of the microphone. Therefore, you should put it closer to your mouth to amplify the low notes.
The way to put resonance in your face when you sing low notes is by starting to hum. But when you try it, and you don’t feel anything, shake your head slowly side by side and relax your throat. If you want to feel any vibration or resonance in your face, you should practice this daily exercise for a week. Tip your head a bit toward the floor to get more resonance. It’s important to have resonance when you’re singing low notes. You can do it correctly by having it in your face and not in your throat.
If you can feel facial resonance now while humming, try singing a “Mee” note, hold it, and pick a note while singing in your range. Sing it without using vibrato and make a clean, non-airy tone. Here, you should shake your head slowly from side to side if you don’t feel any resonance. But if you do, sing lower one-note “Mee’s” gradually and make it continuous. While doing this, your volume will become lower as you descend. Feel that vibration and ensure that your tone remains clean.
You’ll experience that it’s easier to have control and resonance when you’re singing “closed” vowels like “ee“. Do this sound for a few minutes and find a part of a song that requires a fairly small range. Now, try singing the “Mee” on the chorus at a low range. Here, you should sing with a clear tone and without vibrato. This sounds a bit difficult for you, but it will enable you to strengthen your low notes in the end. Sing the whole chorus with resonance and practice it in a lower key. Do it again and again until you can hit the lowest section of your range. Sometimes you lost control of the note or feel the sound in your throat. In this case, shift your voice to a higher key.
2) Vocal Fold Thickness Shifting Exercise
You can sing low notes stronger and easier when you have thicker vocal folds.
Classical singers train their voices to shift gradually from thin vocal folds to thicker ones. They are doing this because they try to avoid the sudden shifting of the sound.
You can train your voice to shift gradually from thin vocal folds to thick ones by singing sirens softly on ‘ng‘. In this process, you have to begin with a high note and go down to a lower note. When you do this, your voice will thicken gradually while the position of your larynx will become neutral!
As you go along, your voice will become more powerful in the lower regions.
Many singers focus on resonance at their chest when they sing low notes.
Also, make sure that you sing the lowest notes with breath support.