How To Sing Low Notes Four Reasons you Struggle and How to Improve



How To Sing Low Notes – Four Reasons you Struggle and How to Improve

When you sing, do you have trouble hitting low notes? Inside this video I’ll reveal important tips and secrets that will tell you How to Sing Low Notes with ease and confidence.

Hi! I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power to Sing.

Here are four reasons you struggle to sing low notes.

The larynx is high
The vocal cords are not coming together firmly
Genetics and age
Illness or Acid Reflux

How to Sing Low Notes – Lower the Larynx

If the larynx is high it’s difficult to adduct the vocal cords as you sing lower and lower.
I’ve noticed this when I’m in the ensemble in a musical and singing the bass line.

It’s easy to oversing, too loud and hard, so I can hear myself in the ensemble. It’s a common mistake. Over singing pushes my larynx higher and higher. I hardly notice it until I have to sing a low bass note…like an E2 or even an F.

When my voice is relaxed and my larynx is down I can hit the low E. But because my larynx is high as a result of pushing to hard, I can hardly hit the F or G next to it.

But it’s not just oversinging in ensembles that raises the larynx. If you tend to sing with a high larynx or pull up your chest voice on high notes, your vocal cords have difficulty coming together firmly the lower you sing.

Here’s how to keep the larynx down so you can sing low notes.

Don’t oversing when you are in a choir or ensemble.
Don’t pull chest or sing with a high larynx.
Don’t yell or scream. If the vocal cords are swollen and puffy, you won’t hit low notes.
Strive to maintain a balanced voice with proper vocal technique. Do balancing vocal exercises to lower the larynx. Here’s a great exercise to stabilize the larynx. [Demo]
Don’t try and jam the sound down lower. It won’t sound like singing.

How to Sing Low Notes – Firmly Adduct the Vocal Cords

If the larynx is resting at your speech level but your vocal cords are not adducting firmly, you won’t be able to hit the low notes with enough volume to be heard. To adduct means to bring the vocal cords together.

Here’s a great exercise to get the cords to firmly adduct. [Demo]

Making sure your voice is warmed up and the larynx is resting, substitute the word with “ae” and “nae” on the low note. Don’t force it. Don’t push it. Do it easy at medium volume.

Like Jimmie Dean sang the song, “Big John”. I don’t have the key in front of me, but he sang “Big John” and on certain days I can hit the low note. But I know he sings, Big bad John. [Demo]

Put the word back in and strive for the same feeling of adduction. You’ll be able to sing the lower note if the cords are adducted firmly and the larynx is down.

How to Sing Low Notes – Genetics and Age

No matter how low the larynx is or how firmly you are adducting the vocal cords, you may not have vocal cords that will vibrate that low. It’s like a 5’10’’ basketball player trying to jump as high as a 7-foot tall center. You can’t jump as high because you aren’t that tall.

You can’t sing that low because your vocal cords aren’t built to vibrate freely at that pitch.

Often times a younger child or young teenage girl can’t sing low because their cords are underdeveloped. As they mature their vocal cords mature also. Then they can hit the lower notes their genetics will allow.

This is always the case for young men. After puberty they can sing much lower. It’s the high notes we want again.

How to Sing Low Notes – Illness

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The vocal exercises in PowerToSing.com will help lower the larynx and adduct the vocal cords. These exercises are especially designed for specific vocal types such as Pulled Chest- High Larynx and Light Chest-No Chest.

Doing these exercises correctly will help balance your voice and help you hit the low notes.

Do you know your vocal type? Visit PowerToSing.com and take the vocal test, which I call the PowerTest. Take the quiz and discover your vocal type.

Visit the Knowledge Center and watch the videos about your vocal type. Download the free exercises for your vocal type and start improving your voice today.

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I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. You can sing higher and lower, with beauty, confidence and power.

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Q&A 3 Singing Tips How to change vocal colors?



Q&A 3. Singing Tips – How to change vocal colors?

How to change vocal colors?

I get this question in one form or another frequently. Most of the time from singers who want to add distortion, or change vocal colors, or sound more like a singer they like and so forth.

Here are 3 ways to color your voice. One, change the level of your larynx, Two, change the compression of the vocal cords. Three, change the shape of your mouth cavity and/or the position of your tongue.

Let’s break it down further:

Raise the larynx [Demo]
Lower the larynx [Demo]
Compress the vocal cords [Marlon Brando]
Relax the vocal cords [Jessica Rabbit (Kathleen Turner), Marilyn Monroe]
Change the internal shape of your mouth and the position of the tongue, such as with an accent.

Different combinations of these together creates a huge variety of tone colors and sound qualities.

Examples:
Sean Connery
Captain Hook
Hugh Jackman
Val Kilmer
Porky Pig (Mel Blanc)
Hillary Clinton
Jennifer Hudson
Sarah Vaughan
Oak Ridge Boys – Richard Sterban (Bass)
Guys and Dolls – Vivian Blaine (Miss Adelaide)

Do the same thing with your voice when changing color and tone when singing.

But I don’t recommend you do any of these things when you sing. Why? Because in doing them you introduce tension and stress which throws the voice out of balance and prevents ideal function of the vocal cords.

Instead of purposely manipulating the voice use the libretto, lyrics and music to create the emotion and feeling within you. Express that emotion and feeling with your speaking and singing voice.

If you deeply feel the emotion and meaning of each song you sing, and combine that with the feelings the music and melody create within you, the tone and color will be perfect for that song.

Listen to this song from Cyndi Lauper. Can you hear the different tone quality between the beginning and the end of the song? I don’t think she’s thinking about changing the larynx or the vocal cords. I think she’s consumed by the lyrics and music and she’s connecting on a deep emotional level to the song. What the song asks of her emotionally, her voice gives. [Song:I’m Gonna Be Strong]

These are the moments that move us when we hear the song. The singer is giving expression to feeling and emotion and we feel happier, or we get the chills, or we begin to cry.

We are feeling a connection with the singer. We aren’t wondering about their change of tone color with a higher larynx. In fact, they can be using poor technique and have a damaged or poor singing voice and the song can change our lives.

Each of us sound different because of our different physical shapes and sizes. Our job really should be to find a balanced voice that represents our home base in speaking and singing. And regardless of how we change our basic sound, we need to return to home base. After all, this is the real you. People will love the sound of the real you.

One way to develop a balanced voice is to determine your vocal type and do exercises designed for your vocal type.

To discover you vocal type, go to PowerToSing.com and take the vocal test, which I call the PowerTest. Take the quiz and get your vocal type. Then visit the Knowledge Center and watch the videos about your vocal type.

Download the free exercises for your vocal type and start improving your voice today.

I’m Chuck Gilmore with Power To Sing. You can sing higher with beauty, confidence and power. I’ll see you inside the next video.

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