For anyone who wants deepen their singing voice it’s easy to find all sorts practices.
Maybe you’ve tried ‘opening the throat’ or ‘increasing resonance’ only to end up with a less impactful sounding singing voice.
In this article you’ll discover how to deepen your singing voice while keeping and/or increasing the power of it too.
We’ll go over the following.

  • Practices you’ve likely tried, but don’t work.
  • Voice deepener 1: restricting the resonance mouth.
  • Voice deepener 2: restricting the resonance in the throat.
  • Voice deepener 3: adding more vocal cord closure.
  • Voice deepener 4: lowering your larynx while singing.
  • Voice deepener 5: getting rid of nasality.

Practices you’ve likely tried but don’t work.

Many believe that to sing with a deep sounding pop voice, you need to create as much resonance as you can.

They try things like yawning to ‘open the throat’.   

Or opening the mouth wider when singing.

I remember how disappointed I was when listening back to my practice session since these techniques made my singing voice sound even more thin/weak.

The sound of my singing voice was deeper, but it lost most of its already sparse weight/density.

However, I knew there must be something I’m missing.

Because the pop singers I admired had both weight/density and depth to the sound of their singing voices.

Plus, they didn’t seem to put much effort in doing so.

By adding more vocal cord closure, restricting the resonance in my mouth and throat, and lowering my larynx slightly, I finally got similar results.

Let’s get into it.

Voice deepener 1: restricting the resonance in the mouth.

By bending your open vowels towards closed ones, you close the space between your tongue and the roof of your mouth.

This restricts the resonance in your mouth while you sing.

Pop singers use closed vowels to varying degrees of obviousness.

As a result, some have heavy singing accents and others do it in such a way that it’s barely noticeable.

There are 2 ways you can bend your open vowels towards closed ones.

Some singers bend every open vowel to its closest relative.

The ‘OU’ as in ‘you’ bends to U’ as in ‘mud’.

‘EE’ as in ‘free’ bends to ‘i’ as in ‘sit’.

O as in ‘show’ bends to ‘O’ as in ‘more’.

You can also just pick one closed vowel to bend all your words towards.

Which I find is a great way to start.

Now, which closed vowel you choose is important too as they come with different flavors.

Flavors like light, edgy, emotional, deep and extra deep.

Often, when aspiring pop singers want a deeper sounding singing voice, they want an emotional flavor.

For example, singers like Rihanna and Christina Aguilera use this flavor about 70% of the time.

The closed vowels they bend their words towards most are the ‘O’ as in ‘more’, ‘U’ as in ‘mud’, and ‘A’ as in ‘heart’.

Now, it can feel silly to do this but don’t be afraid to exaggerate at first.

It’s a great way to get used to the feeling of it.

And don’t be afraid to sound weird as there’s a big chance that you don’t.

Usually we sound way different in your own head than in real life.

That’s why it’s always a good idea to record yourself while practicing.

Voice deepener 2: restricting the resonance in the throat.

Say the word ‘king’. 

Next, feel how the back of your tongue ends up in that NG-position.

Lastly, keep a light version of that in place as you sing something easy.

Also, make sure you combine it with your closed vowel(s) and listen to your recording.

I wouldn’t be surprised if your singing voice now sounds a little deeper and has more weight/density to it.
But let’s add even more depth and power to it.

Voice deepener 3: more vocal cord closure.

Now, before we do this particular exercise, I want to stress one thing.
This exercise shouldn’t hurt by any means.
If you notice any discomfort, make sure you reassess and try it in a gentler manner.
With that in mind, let’s dive in.
First, you must know and feel where in the throat the vocal cord closure happens.
For this you can hold your breath for a couple of seconds and feel where you feel that hold.
That’s the place.
Now, to add more closure you can simply add a tiny little bit of that hold to your singing voice as you sing.
This should feel comfortable and light.
It shouldn’t constrict your sound, just add more weight/density to it.

Voice deepener 4: slightly lowering your larynx

And we’ve arrived at the finishing touch: slightly lowering your larynx.

To connect to what this feels like place your hand on your throat.

Now, pretend you’re about to sing a really low note and feel how the larynx moves down in your throat.

Once you’re in control of this movement you can use it to add a deepening effect.

However, there’s a limit to how much of it you can use before you lose the weight/density in your sound.

Therefore, you’ll have to find a balance between this effect and the weight/density.

Voice deepener 5: getting rid of nasality.

When you sing with a lot of nasality your singing voice get this muffled/thin sound.

It loses its fullness and that fullness is necessary when you want a deep sounding singing voice.

Read this article to get rid of your nasality while singing.

Now You Know How to Deepen Your Singing Voice.

I hope this has helped.

If you liked this article you might like one of the following ones too.

How to sing powerful high notes in a pop style.

How to sing with more emotion when singing pop.

What makes a good pop voice and how to find yours.

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