0215 – Lowering Your Pitch

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0215 – Lowering Your Pitch

Lowering your pitch

Your register is not only dictated by the speed your vocal folds vibrate, but also how taught they are. So, it stands to reason that to lower it, your folds need to be less-taught. They cannot be relaxed by themselves, but only with the rest of the body. So, less stress, better posture and breathing, will all contribute to a more relaxed state overall … and so slightly lower the pitch of your voice.

Refer back to the 1-10 range mentioned before. Some people seat their pitch in the lower half of that range – they may naturally be a 5, but force themselves to start at a 4 or 3. They do this in the belief that it makes them sound more masculine, authoritative or believable.

But as we saw before, if you start too low for an ‘ordinary’ story and then you need to inject a bit of gravitas for a more serious one, what do you do? You’re already at the limit. If you start to low… you’ve got nowhere to go!

As we saw earlier when we looked at resonance, the sound of your voice is partly determined by the structure within which it moves. The sound of a tuba is different from that of a piccolo. And a lot of your body is a resonator for your voice. I’ve seen it described like this: the head is like a smaller speaker for higher frequencies, and your chest is a subwoofer for the mids and lows.

A slightly deeper voice can be obtained (should you want one) by having more of a ‘chest sound’ and that’s done by lowering the position of your larynx, done with the same movement as happens when you yawn.

Famously former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher lowered her voice while in office, to give herself more gravitas[1].


[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28_0gXLKLbk and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRQwLrpX61M


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