How to Sing Low Notes Easily
Many singers focus intensely on the ultimate goal of singing high notes and improving their higher range, but you can (and should!) learn to sing low notes easily with these simple tweaks to your singing technique. Learning to sing low notes easily takes time and practice, especially if you’re just getting started as a singer – or you’ve only been working on your higher range. Singing lower notes still requires you to sing with support, placement and resonance. Maintaining a healthy placement while singing lower notes is one of the most important keys to improving your ability to sing low notes easily; the most important thing you’ll ever learn about singing lower notes is “never darken a descending phrase”. Let’s talk about singing lower notes!
Never Darken a Descending Phrase
Sounds important, right? – but what does this important phrase really mean when it comes to singing lower notes? Singers that struggle to sing low notes easily often darken their vocal tone as they descend, in essence losing their vocal placement and by default, losing efficient resonance in the process. As you descend in range or shift to a lower passage, it’s important that you retain a high and forward placement of your resonance to ensure a healthy and powerful vocal production.
Think about your favourite singers who have a strong lower register – Johnny Cash and Mark Lanegan spring to mind for me. Listen to them again while focusing on the actual tone of their voice and you’ll notice that they’re actually quite bright and forward when they are singing, and even more so in the case of Johnny Cash when he sings in the E2 to D2 range at the lowest point in his voice. So, a low note is not necessarily a ‘dark’ note – vocal tone and correct placement are intrinsic to singing lower notes with ease.
What is Vocal Placement?
Placement is a figurative term for efficient use of your vocal resonators. By ‘placing’ your voice high in the vocal tract and forward towards the harder parts of your resonators, you will improve the tonal quality of your voice, ease with which you sing and also increase your volume and power exponentially.
What about a Nasally Singing Voice?
Here’s where placement becomes absolutely imperative to a great singing tone. Nasality in singing is actually caused by improper use of the soft palate, resulting in actual nasal airflow. So, if you are getting an excessively nasal tone on your vowel sounds, the key is actually to improve your placement while also developing proper control over the soft palate. Most singers inadvertently darken and cover their tone incorrectly when trying to overcome a nasally singing voice – thinking that the bright buzz around the nasal resonator is the source of their issue, when in fact the issue is occurring at the back of the mouth where resonant space is created by shifting the position and shape of the soft palate.
If you want to learn how to sing low notes easily, the first stage is learning how to sing with vocal placement while controlling the soft palate correctly. You can learn these fundamental vocal techniques in the Foundation 101 singing courses here at Bohemian Vocal Studio, along with learning how to;
- Connect Chest and Head Voice
- Create Mixed Resonance (mix voice)
- Support your voice diaphragmatically
- Shape your vowels properly
- Allow and alter resonant space
- Warm up your voice effectively
- SO much more!
A great place to start is this free Mixed Voice Singing Lesson which will illustrate the concept of placement and mixed resonance in action. Learning how to sing low notes easily is effortless with the simple and practical techniques you’re about to learn in the Foundation 101 singing course.
If you have any questions about learning to sing low notes easily, feel free to leave any feedback or questions below!
Kegan DeBoheme is Bohemian Vocal Studio’s resident vocal coach and voice expert. He teaches professional singing and voice technique to students all around the world and enjoys providing tutorials like this one on how to improve your voice.