• Michelle Ostrove


Are you a soprano or tenor who's hoping to expand your range into those lower notes? While you may have mastered those high notes, you need to develop your lower range to be an amazing singer. When you are practicing your daily vocal exercises really push into those lower notes. With practice, you will be able to sing a range of notes that span from the top of the range down to the bottom.

There are five groups of muscles busily adjusting so that just the right length and thickness of the vocal cords are able to vibrate. The faster the vibration creates a higher tone, a slower vibration creates a lower tone. It’s all about muscle memory and what your voice has memorized.

Here is an example: release a heavy sigh (ahhh), feel the drop in the sigh. Your vocal cords have to be relaxed in order to hit a low note. Make a sighing noise and try to carry it to the lowest, deepest pitch possible. Repeat this same noise repeatedly until you feel relaxed and ready to sing.

Singing low notes actually requires more breath than high notes. If you don’t use your breath you won’t be able to support the low notes when you sing. Keep your voice relaxed and your larynx balanced; never force sound in any register. Listen to Audrey Diaz singing those low notes in “Havana.”


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