High power notes might get all the attention but the unsung hero of a great vocal range is the bottom end. After all, no one knows just how high you can go if they don’t know where you started!
Where is the bottom of your range? Well, it can vary slightly depending on what time of day it is, how warmed up your voice is and other factors. But there’s a simple way to give it a test run: just sing one note at a time down to where you can’t clearly go any further.
Now, for the magic ‘expand-o-range’ trick:
Starting anywhere you like, say “Ahhhh” and slide gently down as low as you can comfortably go.
“Ahhh” should feel like your sinking into a comfy chair at the end of a long day. Try it again and try sliding gently lower.
Do this a couple of times a day and you’ll actually start to expand your usable bottom notes (as long as you are accessing them the same way when you sing and not ‘shoving your voice down’ to them).
Singing Low Notes in a High Song
When the melody of a song only briefly dips into the bottom end of your range before sailing back to the top your brain only wants to think about the high notes. It thinks the low notes are easy and need no help but the truth is that if your bottom end isn’t warmed up on a song like this your voice just ain’t going low without a fight.
Many songs start low in the verses and fly high in the chorus, so it’s extra important to prepare your voice to relax to the very bottom before you sing them. Check out the video below and see how I helped a student prepare for just such an occasion:
Give your low notes the credit they deserve. Warm them up, continually expand them and they will thank you with an overall increased vocal range and a comfort starting in almost any key that you never knew was there!