How to sing REALLY low. A short Tutorial.

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65 thoughts on “How to sing REALLY low. A short Tutorial.”

  1. oompaville stan account

    Not gonna lie but, Tim is the king of Growls. But you’re the king of Subharmonics

    1. JEEZ insensitive much? Think how bad you just humiliated the man if he doesn’t know how to read!

      (Hahahahaa I’m kidding! His first audiobook should be him reading Everybody Poops and if he truly cannot read, it’s about time he learned how — quit the crack & stay in school, kids.)

  2. *Sings really deep
    That was neat. How did you do that?
    *Speaks with the deepest voice I have ever heard.
    Maybe that explains a thing or two..

  3. ninjabluewings

    This sounds like the voice you would imagine a centuries old oak tree would use if trees could talk

    1. Ignacio Rodrigues

      Nope, the growl is a technique where you generate distortion making your arytenoid cartilages vibrate against your epiglottis. mongolian throat singing, kargyraa i presume you refer to, is using the false folds and the arytenoids to generate distortion, though the latter don’t vibrate againts the epiglottis in this case.

  4. Alex Robin - danonation!

    *does it perfectly*
    “I’ve been doing this for two years, I’m terrible at it.”
    *does it perfectly again*
    Geoff, you don’t give yourself enough credit

    1. Richard Dobos

      it took me 2 weeks to hit c1 with nice clear tone… we are just built differently bro. insted its been a 3 years struggle for me to hit higher notes, some progress, yes.. But i just cant go high and it dosnt matter how mutch i want it. i mean my headvoice starts at b2.. Yes im in headvoice, B2! and its F#####in impossble to hit c4 without going into falsetto…. yes, c1 sounds frikking awesome to hit, and how it resonance.. feels pritty damn good. yes. But thats also pritty mutch it.. a few awsome notes thats almost never really used…. Guess how many songs i can sing with a range from e2 and c4, maybe d4…. its like 10 songs.. i wish i could be a barritone or any other range for that matter. Yes, obviously some lower bass singer hits barritone easily. But trust me, Geoff range, and his vocal skill. Its like comparing a 100m olympic runner with a amature highschool 100m runner that is best in his school. few people can do what he can do. few! in my experience, if your talking voice isnt around f2 b2, ish. +- 3 tones.. something like that… its deffinatly not impossible, ive heard a guy with a very high speaking voice and i guess is like treble, maybe even tenor. but he hits c1d1e1f1 even subhormnic perfectly.. soo, who am i to say what can or cant be done… but if you tried for 2 years, then either there is something wrong with how you practice, idk. then something can be done. othertwise. maybe you should practice to hit notes thats more comfortable for you insted? just saying. i will never say to anyone, “you cant”, all im saying, 2 years bro.. 2 years.. maybe its time to change strategy?

    2. Richard Dobos

      @Sax Rendell que? flat e1, more impressive? how? no, bruh.. just. no.. like huh`? are you serious? flat e1?`more impressive then e1on pitch? a nice clear note? bruh. no. nononononononononono.

    3. Richard Dobos

      @Phill Pauleythats the trick.. or, i would rather say, that the key for sucess, dosnt matter in what field. everyone who is successfull has the same personal trait in them. wich is as simple as they want it more then anyone else… nothing else matter as mutch.. sure natural gifted, good suport and all that is very important. but at end of the day. the one who wants it the most will end up on top. its just a matter of time. its actually at the same time, sad. becuse to achive something great also demands a little bit crazy.. success always comes with a huge price. you have to give up to achive, and for someone to pay that price for a maybe in ten years i could be that 1% that actually makes it.. yes, its a obsession. yes its mental.. yes yes yes..

  5. I sing bass in highschool and this really is going to take my song to the next level. Thanks Geoff

  6. Kristen Dulaney

    Thank you for the tutorial!! Ive had a lot of luck with the vocal fry and I’m so close to hitting that super low note from your cover the misty mountains cold and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I can’t wait to see the looks of shock on people’s face when that super deep note comes out of a girl who ain’t even 5ft tall. Thank you so much!!! I can’t wait for more tutorials!

    1. G With The Headphones

      Bro, if you’ve got it down please post a vid, I don’t I’ve ever seen a girl use sub harmonics/bass vocal techniques before

    2. Kristen Dulaney

      @G With The Headphones I will try to get a quick recording sometime soon! I don’t really have any equipment or anything but I’ll give it my best shot!

    3. Kristen Dulaney

      @G With The Headphones just remember that I’ve only been practicing for four days! And I’m still figuring out how to lock in on the notes I want.

    4. Don’t let anyone discourage you!! When I was actively singing I could hit some fairly low notes for a “girl” and surprised a lot of people. I haven’t sang more than occasionally in years so I’m not even going to try now. He does inspire me to start practices and singing again though. I am absolutely AMAZED at his range.


    I’ve been told that I am a bass-baritone. I can hit some decent bass notes but not consistently. It literally depends on the day I’ve had, the ambient temperature, humidity, etc. I know these sound like excuses for not being able to hit those lows, but I wanted to hear your take on external or environmental factors when it comes to the quality of your singing voice.

  8. 4:53 It’s called Tartini Tones. If you combine two pitches at the same time, e.g. 200Hz (base note) + 300Hz (5th), it results in an “auditory illusion”: You will HEAR a 100Hz pitch (base note one octave lower), but you can’t actually find it in spectral analysis.
    On a tenor saxophone, for example, the lowest note you can finger is “concert Ab2” – but you can simultaneosly hum a perfect 5th into the horn to produce pitches as low as “concert Ab1”. Pretty advanced technique that even most pros haven’t heard about, tho.

    1. Dragonrider0514

      Fs. Did this all the time on my contra bass clarinet in college. Never knew how to explain it. My dumbass always said “I just hum while I play and it works” because I just didn’t understand

    2. Tartini Tones are cool, but that’s not what subharmonics are. If you go into spectral analysis there legitimately is a frequency an octave below the note you sing. It is not the loudest frequency but it absolutely is there

  9. Ok, not that I ever doubted Geoff, but this subharmonic thing really works! My lowest note that I can sing comfortably is a C3 and I just hit a C2 (according to one of those tuning apps). It’s the first time I’ve ever attempted it and it doesn’t sound great but I don’t care. Considering I’m a soprano, I’m incredibly amazed! Thanks, Geoff!!

    1. DominicEmmett04

      I’ve Just started learning subharmonics and my god it’s so fun when you get a new low note like today I hit a low F1 (for like 3 secs lol) and I was so surprised ?

    2. I need singing lessons I did try one of those tuning apps and c3 is comfortable for me. I struggle more with going higher but that could be lack of technique might be interesting to find out.

    3. xFrosty Resonance

      @DominicEmmett04 I’ve gotten into the 0 octave with subharmonics. It’s scary af, sounds like a foghorn being fed through a subwoofer.

  10. Kayman McElhany

    Okay so I’m constantly singing up there with like Ariana, underwood, and Adele and that last technique he showed helped me get crazy lower than I ever could just after watching it once. I’m definitely gonna be practicing that quite often. This man has given the key to have a sick range. Thanks man

  11. Lupercal Studios

    This man could get me to buy literally *any* audiobook, just by being the one to narrate it. Idc if it’s Twilight, the Bible, or the infamous ‘My Immortal’, I will buy it solely because *damn* that voice is soothing.

  12. DarthReeky92

    Hey Geoff I’ve been listening to your music for about 8 months now and I’ve got a few of these down, I have a pretty high range and the vocal fry is awesome, subharmonics rock and my chior teacher is surprised at how low I can go

  13. Gary Robinson

    Geoff, I’ve been a bass my whole life of singing (from about age 13 to now, some 58 years). I caught your performance of “Big John” on YouTube and I loved it! So much so that I posted it on Facebook (people who know me will not be surprised). I remember this song when it was released and I was a young fellow, just starting to sing. Jimmy Dean, who released this in 1961, and also Tennessee Ernie Ford, doing Sixteen Tons, with an earlier release. These songs, and songs like them, helped inspire me to not only sing, but to sing Bass. Your arrangment was really good, too. As a composer and arranger, I understand the kind of time, dedication, and talent it takes to do this. People don’t seem to understand how much the arrangment of a song truly impacts the song’s efficacy.

    I went on to teach music at public schools and also teach privately. All these years I have been singing bass in various groups (and still do today). In all that time, I have almost always been “the” low bass singer in the group. So it is fascinating to view your instruction on this recording. You are spot on. I like how you highlighted relaxation, the “growl”, “vocal fry” and working to smooth out the break in your voice. These are quite important.

    Some other important things I have learned about singing low over the years, which I am sure you know, but for the benefit of readers, are: a low voice must be nurtured. Some things to help achieve this are 1. Don’t talk in your higher voice, but in your lower natural range in a relaxed manner. 2. When warming up to sing, don’t just work the high range. Doing this just moves your tessitura (range) up. So warm up specifically doing vocal exercises low and high, so your range develops in both directions. 3. When harmonizing to music (such as CDs, what’s online, XM, the radio, etc.), work on your lower range, singing the bass part or low harmonies. 4. Singing in the morning, or even exercising this range when it’s early in the day, and the voice is naturally lower, helps to sustain that range as the day goes on. Pretty basic stuff, but good to reinforce for others who are interested in this.

    You are very talented and it’s a blessing for you to share this with the rest of us. Keep it coming and THANKS!

  14. matthew floyd

    My natural voice is only a little higher than yours so ever since I caught your sixteen tons cover I have been obsessed with trying to hit those notes, these tips definitely helped me get close, just less clean by far. Love your stuff.

    1. xFrosty Resonance

      Sixteen Tons is his hardest solo piece tbh just because of how low and emotive the whole thing is

    2. I’ve been doing the exact same thing since I heard Sixteen Tons as well! I have a pretty deep voice naturally (I can hit about an E above low C without growling) and I’ve just practiced the growl a ton trying to hit those notes! I think my family’s a little sick of the song now… oops

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