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A man’s deep voice is one of his most attractive features. It can make you feel more powerful, influential, attractive, and even dominant. Is it possible, though, to develop a deeper voice through physical means alone, without the need for medical intervention?
If you’ve seen the new “Elvis” and are familiar with the lead actor, Austin Butler, you’re likely aware of the rumors circulating about his voice change and the claims that his current voice is fake. His voice was much higher in pitch before he starred in “Elvis,” and it dropped significantly afterward. The actor insists his newfound deep voice is genuine and entirely authentic. And it’s all thanks to the nearly two years spent filming and practicing his Elvis impersonation, and especially on mirroring his voice and accent.
So, it’s safe to say that with the right training, vocal exercises, and, most importantly, consistency, you can indeed develop a deeper voice. So, let’s examine how you, too, can obtain a deeper vocal range.
How To Make Your Voice Deeper
There are several ways to deepen your voice naturally. By employing techniques that focus on diaphragmatic breathing, relaxing your muscles, and doing exercises such as blowing bubbles, humming, yawning, and sighing, you can definitely develop the deep voice you need for singing or speaking.
Before diving into the exercises and methods needed to achieve your deep voice, the single most important factor to remember is to stay consistent and maintain a regular practice schedule. Performing these exercises once or twice a week will not change the pitch of your voice; you have to focus and work diligently every day to start seeing results.
There is one more crucial step you need to take before you start working through these exercises, and that is to record your voice. If you want to properly hear the changes in your voice and how you progress, it’s best to record yourself reading lyrics from your favorite song or lines from a book you own into your phone while using your natural speaking voice. Then, record yourself once you’ve consistently performed the exercises we will mention shortly and feel like you’ve reached your target voice. This will let you accurately compare the changes in your voice and track your progress.
Exercises to Deepen your Voice
There are numerous exercises and techniques that help you achieve a deeper voice. The following exercises are the ones that, in our experience, have proven to be the most useful:
1. Diaphragmatic Breathing (or abdominal breathing)
This exercise is designed to strengthen your diaphragm and teach you how to use it most effectively and efficiently as possible. This will allow you to fully engage your diaphragm and increase lung capacity to achieve a fuller, deeper voice.
The most important thing to pay attention to in this exercise is where your breath comes from.
- Stand up straight or sit down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and relax your shoulders and arms.
- Place one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach to feel it expand as you inhale.
- Take a slow, deep breath through your nose while placing one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. Feel your belly expand as you inhale.
- Hold your breath for a couple of seconds.
- Slowly exhale through your mouth. As your belly goes back in, the hand should revert to its original position.
For optimal results, repeat this exercise for 5-10 minutes at least twice a day.
2. Humming Through a Straw
This method, which has been practiced for hundreds of years, is excellent for strengthening and stretching your vocal cords.
Simply fill one-third of a glass with water and blow a steady stream of air into the glass through a straw.
Start by blowing bubbles into the water in the glass. Then, while continuing to blow bubbles, begin to hum, gliding up an octave from the lowest note you can reach.
This technique will help exercise and strengthen your vocal cords. Do this exercise for 5 minutes daily, and repeat as often as you like.
3. Stretching Your Neck Muscles
The purpose of these neck exercises is to relax your neck muscles and prevent your neck from becoming tense. If you want to have a deeper voice, you need to relax your vocal cords, which will be impossible if your neck is tense. You can relieve the strain on your vocal cords and improve your voice by stretching and strengthening your neck muscles.
4. Neck Stretching Exercise
You can do this exercise either by standing up or sitting down. Just make sure that your neck is in line with your spine and keep an upright posture.
- Start by slowly inhaling and moving your chin to the left over your left shoulder. Hold for 3 seconds while you exhale.
- Repeat the same thing on the right side.
Perform 5 reps at least twice a day.
5. Neck Strengthening Exercise – Isometric Front and Back
The goal of this exercise is to prevent your forehead from moving either forward or backward.
- Start by placing both of your hands flat on your forehead.
- Push your forehead forward against your hands using the muscles in your neck as resistance.
- Push for around 5 seconds, then release.
- Clasp your hands together behind your head and push backward this time, making sure to keep your forehead in place.
Perform 5 reps on each side at least twice a day.
6. Deep Chanting
Think of Matthew McConaughey’s chest-thumping scene in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” This technique not only helps you relax and reduce stress, but it also loosens up your vocal cords, allowing for better resonance and expanding your vocal range.
You can do this exercise either by standing up or sitting down.
- Feel free to hum any tune of your choice, just make sure to use your lowest voice register and aim for the lowest notes you can reach.
- Start thumping on your chest on beat while humming or chanting your tune.
Do this exercise for 2-4 minutes. And do it at least once a day.
These are some of the best exercises we’ve come across for naturally deepening your voice, which you can do whenever you want in the comfort of your own home.
Just remember to stay hydrated by drinking room temperature or warm water to keep your vocal cords nice and relaxed.
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If you want a deeper voice without having to undergo voice-deepening surgery or hormonal treatments, the methods and exercises we discussed today are your best bet. However, keep in mind that you are attempting to alter your vocal tone after years, if not decades, of habitual use. So, if you want to see any changes in your voice’s pitch, it is crucial that you do these exercises daily. It could take a few weeks, or it could take months before you see any changes. The most important thing is to stay persistent and keep an open mind.
As you progress through this experiment, remember to record yourself at least once a week, if not more often, to hear how your voice is developing and compare the differences between the start and the end of this experiment.