Singing Low notes With Your Chest Voice
Ahhh, chest voice. The most prominent and acknowledged origins of the American male singer/songwriter/ composer. Today, going deeper into the inner workings of chest voice and exactly how it ought to feel like, how to activate it, and difficulties and challenges one may face when attempting tosing down there.
So many men (and women) struggle with singing high notes, especially when they start learning to sing chest cavity music. For some time I was also having difficulty with my chest cavity singing and I wanted to make a change. That is the exact reason why I am writing this article now. I want to take you on a journey inside the body of the female singer, and teach you the way to activate your low notes effortlessly.
Anatomy of Singing
What we have to do is first to understand our singing larynx (or simply larynx). Our larynx houses the vocal cords and the structures at the back of the throat. When you start singing the notes are not reached by the vocal cords, but by the larynx which is located very close to the throat.
So how do you get your vocal cords to work a certain way? First and foremost, singing in a certain way has to be taught to you. In other words, you won’t be able to sing high notes by accident. This is a learned technique that has to be taught to you. When we speak or breathe, the vocal cords react differently in different people, but in singing, they respond in a very similar way.
Technique and Voice Types
Some singers have a great technique when it comes to singing and breathing but poor breathing and larynx development. If you feel that you lack breath support while singing then you should look into improving your breathing and vocal development. Breathing incorrectly will prevent you from reaching the notes you wish to reach.
On the other hand, some people develop chest cavity resonance, which is characterized by a “chest buzz” or “honking.” These types of voices tend to sound squeaky, hoarse, or raspy. They usually are not well balanced. People who do not breathe properly also have this problem.
The problem with these voice types is that they tend to sound mechanical and monotonous. This is why most singing teachers focus more on the larynx than the chest voice. However, chest voice and falsetto voices can also have good projection and quality sound. For example, Barry White, who is one of the best-known singers, has a very powerful chest voice that reaches very high notes. His vocal cords are not out of place and he sings cleanly all the way through. He has a great vibrato which he uses at the beginning of each note in his songs.
Unfortunately, not everyone has a strong larynx. This is where singing teachers sometimes suggest learning falsetto instead of Barry white voice. Falsetto is similar to vocal hypnosis in that it involves moving your vocal cords from the diaphragm, or the centre of your chest, to the chest cavity, or neck. Although most of the sounds produced come from the larynx, you may still need to use your lungs to sing notes, especially low notes. If you practice singing with a singer/singer friend who can give feedback, you will be better prepared to judge for yourself if you need to use your chest or larynx for notes.
Many of today’s top country music stars are advocates of chest voice singing. George Strait sings from the chest and is considering a “cheap” singer. Carrie Underwood sings from the chest too and has become very famous for doing so. Robin Thicke sings almost entirely from the chest and has become very popular singing mainly chest notes. Even J.J. Johnson has had some chest notes in his songs.
When you sing chest voice it feels like your chest is being opened and your lungs are expanding to the point where the air is being pushed out of the lungs. This makes your chest voice feel hollow and somewhat lonely as it is not being supported by the chest muscles. You can use this feeling of loneliness to add some emotion to your singing.
As you practice singing chest register songs, watch the way your vocal cords move and expand as you sing lower notes. Watch your larynx for any signs that it may be starting to fatigue. If it does, then stop practising and ice it down. Also, try listening to a song of another genre with your chest voice, listen to how it sounds and begin practising singing from the other voice as well.