Low Pitch Control and Power

I am a 17 year old male.

I often have trouble controlling my pitch, when I reach lower octaves. I'm breathing correctly, but my voice gets very quiet and I fall flat.

Sometimes I can overcome this, but I often struggle with it.

From The Editor

Thank you for such a wonderful question. This is a topic that many singers struggle with.

If you are breathing correctly as you mentioned, what is very likely happening is your sound is falling back into your throat, making it difficult to get the power and pitch that you want.

You may have heard that when you're singing your higher notes you should sing "down into the note".

The opposite is true for your lower notes. You actually need to sing "up into the note".

If you place your hands on your cheeks and feel your sound is above your sound is above your cheeks you are placing your sound in a more correct manner.

There are many great singing exercises that will help you with this in the video section of this website.

The other benefit to singing "up into the note", and hearing your sound above your cheeks is you'll be able to hear your pitch clearer.

This will help you hit your pitches easier.

It's the same with your power.

Having your should resonating up in your head will give you greater control over the power you put into your sound.

The biggest danger about having your sound fall back into your throat is that your swallowing muscles will engage as your singing, and cause all kinds of problems.

So begin singing up into those notes (on your lower notes), and you'll begin feeling and hearing a difference!

I hope this helps, and good luck with your singing!

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