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How Can I Expand the Lower Part of My Range?

Hello! I’m a tenor towards a countertenor and I want to lower my voice. Is it possible for me to go as low as a baritone? If so, what are the repercussions/risks? Thanks a lot!

Hey Chip,

I think expanding your range is certainly a possibility. However, I do wonder what your reason for doing so is.

Truth is tenors are much less common than baritones, and for that reason usually have more opportunities.

Regardless, it’s possible to add range to the bottom of your voice to an extent (my guess is all you’ll need to do is get used to singing with a slightly lowered larynx and your lower voice will open right up). However, it probably is going to involve a rearranging of your vocal mechanism. Now, you may need to balance out your voice some anyway, so this could be a good thing. But, it will effect your present voice, for better or worse.

I’d suggest working with a qualified teacher while you play with this and see where that takes you, because altering the foundation on which you sing is going to take some guidance. If you don’t have the opportunity to do that, then typically you want to maintain a similar vocal balance when in the extreme lower parts of your range as you will in the extreme upper parts of your range (see my article on how to sing high and see if it provides any insight for you).

I hope this helps! Best of luck to you!

~ Vocal Coach Ken Taylor

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