How to sing lower notes: best tips and exercises to follow

High notes are the most thrilling and draw the most attention, but delightfully rich low notes provide your singing with color, depth, and diversity. Most vocalists want to widen their vocal ranges. Despite the fact that we often concentrate on the high notes, you should also expand your lower range.

The good news is that including low notes in your range is simpler than including high sounds. In order to lengthen your lowest note with a balanced voice, it frequently only requires a few little tweaks.

We'll go through how to increase the power and control of your lower range step by step in this tutorial.

How low notes work

Even though the range of your voice is ultimately constrained by what you were given by nature, the typical voice nevertheless has an astounding amount of range. Not only that, but when you sing with the right technique, you may access lovely tones and greater vocal resonance.

You are most likely still far from using both the higher and lower ranges of your singing voice to their full potential. While singing higher notes requires more practice, you can start on low notes right away.

How low notes work

Insufficient vocal cord closure, excessive air consumption, and inappropriate resonance are common issues with how your voice works while singing lower and might be the source of your difficulties.

The tightening and releasing of thicker strings produces low tones. These are the bigger and girthier vocal folds in your voice, and they vibrate slower during these notes than they do during other notes, which is what gives your voice its lower tone.

Take note of how much thicker the sixth string (low E) is than other notes when playing the guitar. The sixth string generates a significantly lower sound or note when played because it vibrates much slower than the first string. The same rule holds true for your voice!

How to sing lower notes

Stand up straight

As you lift your shoulders back, imagine holding a pencil in between them. Look forward while keeping your neck and back straight. It will be more difficult to produce high-quality low notes if you lean over because your neck may tighten. Look in a mirror to check your posture. Once it seems natural, work on correcting your posture.

Stand up straight

Relax your mouth and tongue

Move your jaw from side to side before singing. Before putting it down near your front teeth, move your tongue around your mouth. Push your tongue downward when singing higher notes.

You'll notice that your tongue may move more if you are trying to reach for a note. In fact, this can make it more challenging for you to get the desired sound.

Breathe deeply to get warmed up

To generate low notes, your voice chords must be at ease. Give yourself at least five minutes to warm up before you begin singing. Make a sighing sound and aim for the lowest, deepest tone you can manage.

Until you are at ease and prepared to sing, continually make this noise. You may relax while humming by rolling your shoulders and moving your neck.

Do not use your throat or chest to sing; instead, use your mouth and chin

Singers sometimes have trouble with low notes because they believe they should be singing from their chest and throat instead of moving down into their bodies. This, however, can lead to stress and actually make singing low notes more challenging.

To generate stronger bass notes, consider singing instead from the area behind your mouth and chin. If it helps, try picturing yourself singing with a golf ball in your mouth that you don't want to drop.

Do not use your throat or chest to sing

Whenever you sing low notes, don't forget to breathe

You really breathe more vigorously when singing low notes. Without breathing, it will be impossible for you to maintain the low sounds. When singing low notes, think about directing your breath up into your neck and into the front of your lips.

Exercises to sing lower notes

Working with a trained vocal coach is maybe the most clever way to expand your singing range to include lower notes. Use the vocal exercises listed below to widen your range and produce a balanced voice until then.

Long exhales should be used to begin your vocal warm-ups

Start your warm-up with a series of excessive sighs without pitch. Then start adding notes and sighing downward, starting with your head voice's highest pitch and, if you can, descending to a deep bass note. Push yourself to sing lower and lower notes as your voice warms up.

Long exhales should be used to begin your vocal warm-ups

Descent scales are a good warm-up

Once you've finished sighing, try some high-pitched singing. Moving from sol to do as follows: sol-sol-sol-fa-mi-re-do is a decent option. Try doing this in a variety of keys and vowel sounds.

Make use of descending arpeggios

A chord's component pitches are spelled out in an arpeggio, which also passes over notes from a scale that don't exist in the chord. Sing arpeggios starting on the fifth scale degree, "sol," moving to "mi," the third scale degree, and finally "do" (the root, and the first scale degree).

Maintain fluidity throughout these vocal arpeggios as you descend to the absolute lowest point in your vocal range. Make sure to try out various vowel sounds and pitches.

Face relaxation requires effort

For singing lower notes, the ideal face position is one with an open mouth, a relaxed jaw, and a relaxed tongue. You might also try slightly curling your mouth's sides to appear to be smiling.

Your low notes can come forward with more power and control by adjusting all of these facial factors.

Face relaxation requires effort

How to sing lower notes - Conclusion

It will take weeks, months, if not years, to lower your vocal range. If you take your time and put in the effort, you will eventually be able to sing the deep bass notes with ease.

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Written by CalypsoRoom Editorial Team
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Updated January 2023

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