So today I want to talk about loss of the lower range.
I’m a true soprano (I have a very high voice) but I have managed to train myself at the lower end of my register. That being said, my low notes are the first thing to go awry when something is wrong with my voice.
Close To You is the lowest song I can sing comfortably. But sometimes I just don’t have the notes! I now use the song to check my vocal health.
If you are struggling with the same loss of low range, then here is a list of possible reasons:
Be honest now. Do you really drink the recommended amount of water on a daily basis? That’s 8 glasses a day, around 1.2 litres. Every day. I’m the first to put my hand up and say I have good days and I definitely have bad days too! I highly recommend tracking your water intake to build up a healthy habit. Dehydration can cause loss of the extremities of your range (high or low), a dry or scratchy throat or the need to clear your throat more frequently.
2. Acid Reflux
If you’re sure you are hydrated then acid reflux could be the issue. Acid Reflux can cause huskiness, constantly needing to clear your throat, or feeling like there is something stuck there. It can also make a voice very erratic and unpredictable. And is often much worse in the mornings or after eating. If this sounds like you then I would advise a trip to your doctors ASAP.
3. Cold or Flu
Just because we feel fine, does not mean our bodies aren’t busy fighting something off. I didn’t realise I was getting a cold when I made the video. I struggled a little and then realised why a few days later. If you’re struggling with a song you can usually sing, maybe you’re getting a cold. If, in a week or so, you never got ill and you’re still struggling, then maybe something else going on. But, if you do end up getting ill then your voice should return back to normal once you recover.
4. A High Larynx
This is usually my problem with singing low. As I have a high voice, I spend my time with my larynx in a higher position. Sometimes, due to muscular tension or fatigue it can get stuck up there. Then I have no low notes at all. Do you spend most of your time singing really high and belty songs? Then you might be suffering from a high larynx because of it. Another reason for a high larynx is muscular tension from stress or an injury. I don’t just mean an injury to your neck! I had an old hip flexor injury and it played a massive part in me losing my vocal alignment.
Our bodies, and therefore our instruments as singers, are complex. If you notice changes in your voice then pay attention to it. It could be a sign that there is something going on that you’re not aware of. If you think you are struggling with any vocal issues then get in contact with your singing teacher and/or doctor sooner rather than later.