How to Sing Lower Part 1 Revision: Subharmonics

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Sorry about the mistake in my first tutorial video! I know have told some of you these corrections, but many of you probably are still going off of the information from the first vid.
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21 thoughts on “How to Sing Lower Part 1 Revision: Subharmonics”

  1. My landlord asked me if I was ok, he had been hearing some weird gutteral
    sounds from my appartment the past few weeks. Getting progress, tho!

  2. i actually ended up having Vocal nodules, DAVID ! kidding, that’s not due
    to the Subharmonic technique, but due to our choir having some very high
    bass parts going all the way up to F4, and i were squeezing my throat
    muscles so hard to reach all the way up, killed my vocal chords.

    i were at an throat nose ear specialist and had my vocal chords filmed by a
    optic cam through the nose, and she told me i had the early stages of vocal
    nodules, this is 9 weeks ago, and my voice is nearly healed now!

    The choir director told me that when i get back in shape and can sing again
    i should back off from the notes that are too high, and focus on the deep
    notes 😀 ! those 1st basses can deal with the high shit !

  3. You’ve made some great tutorials, thanks for all the valuable information!
    After 2 days of practicing I managed to have a solid B1 and A1. They are
    still quiet and sometimes its difficult to enter the subharmonic register,
    but after that it’s rollin’ 🙂 I can’t wait to use it in a musical context
    but I have a long way to go. I definitely won’t sound like a real profundo
    because I’m a baritone… Anyway, what is your voice type and range?

  4. Would you consider doing a video on the “firebreathing” technique? I’ve
    been searching around and haven’t really been able to find any info on it.

  5. So, as you explained it, a C3 in the sub-harmonics would be equivalent to a
    C2? (I hope that’s right?) So, I’m a low Baritone and can hit around a
    A1-B1 so if I did the same with a B1 would it still come across as the
    octave below?

  6. Hey, I’m a super low bass, I get an A1 full voice but I can’t seem to get
    the sub harmonic register no matter what I try, I can only seem to get
    lower with the growl method that Tim Foust and Avi Kaplan do, but that has
    a super airy sound. I always seem to slip into vocal fry with the sub
    harmonic method, any tips?

  7. I got it a little better, it’s weird though, its really hard to switch
    between the sub harmonic register and my full voice

  8. Hey David, is it possible to SPEAK using subharmonics? like creating a
    speaking voice effect using sub harmonics for speech, dubbing, etc?

  9. Tuvan singing uses subharmonics too. It’s not just a technical term for
    bass voices. If you put a tuning fork against a piece of paper and the
    paper makes a pitch lower than the tuning fork that’s a subharmonic. That
    just means it’s resonating sympathetically with regular vibrations from the
    source. Every other vibration hits and that drops it the octave. IDK how
    specific the term is when used as you’re using it but it has a more general
    meaning which applies to Tuvan false cord singing “undertones” just as
    much. It’s not wrong to use it to describe that kind of singing.

  10. Hey ho. I think you fetched this info from an article. I am trying to find
    it, but failing. Could you provide the link? Would be awesome :]

  11. I’ve watched a number of your videos. I’m a classically trained tenor who
    has always been fascinated by low bass singing. As I am trying to get the
    sub-harmonic to work I have trouble maintaining the lower pitch. It will
    sort of pop out for a couple of seconds then disappears and only the
    fundamental is heard. Any advice?

  12. I really respect a man who admits he is wrong and I respect him even more
    when he corrects his mistake! keep it up

  13. David,

    I’m still trying to get into the subharmonic range… but I will soon..
    I’m a bit confused on the videos… some are named part 1…some P1… some
    part 2…some P2… which videos should I watch and in what order?

    Natural D2 here… but looking forward to some subterranean notes… soon

    Two words… Tim Riley…

  14. David! Awesome videos! But I have a question: how do you know if you’re
    doing throat singing or doing subharmonics? Just by sound alone, I find it
    hard to distinguish. Does it feel different in your throat?

    I find myself being able to sing in the range of your subharmonics however
    I’m not sure if it’s subharmonics or throat singing.

    Thanks in advance >_<

  15. David- Thanks for your commitment to spreading quality/correct information
    and not just teaching how to do a certain technique, but how to do it well
    in a way that will actually be functional and valuable for the users. Too
    many youtube videos just go for a “here’s how you make the sound” approach
    but you’ve taken the time to break down how to make the sound actually
    sound good, and that’s awesome! I remember discovering this technique a
    year or two ago and seeing plenty of awesome demonstrations but only
    finding written explanations of how to do it, which never quite did the
    trick for me and so I eventually gave up until I stumbled across your
    tutorial yesterday afternoon, and can now actually produce subharmonics (of
    course, not very well and not very consistently, but they’ve existed),
    thanks to your very well planned and thoughtful tutorials. I’ll be starting
    college this fall for music education and though I’ve always been an
    instrumentalist I’m hoping to be in a choir every semester. This could be a
    fun tool to have for that once I get it down a lot better, which brings me
    to some questions. Have you used subharmonics in choir before? How low, and
    how did it go (were there times when it didn’t work, too?)? Were they
    written low notes or did you choose to take them down an octave? If the
    latter how did the director respond? Would love to hear any tales of your
    super-low-subharmonic journeys in choir (or elsewhere) if you’ve got them,
    as it could be valuable to those learning how to use this technique to get
    an idea of the contexts they might use them in and any other things to
    consider before getting a little excited and going for an “every note an
    octave lower” oktavist approach. Thanks again for all your great work!

  16. Can tenors sing in the sub harmonic register or is this just for basses? If
    I am understanding correctly, it is an octave below your fundamental
    “chest” register correct? So can you sing there and can it be blended into
    the chest like we do chest to head via the mix? Thanks a million!

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