Tutorial – Vocal Subharmonics (How to Sing Subharmonics)

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Tutorial – Vocal Subharmonics (How to Sing Subharmonics)

91,008 viewsApr 1, 20203.2KDislikeShareSaveBass2Yang 3.8K subscribers Click here to read more about Subharmonics at http://www.bass2yang.com TL;DW: Sing a note, slightly move toward vocal fry while staying on the same note, boom – SUBHARMONIC. In this video, I will show you how subharmonics work without getting too technical. Keep in mind that this is technique is easy to obtain, but hard to perfect. If you need more information, just head on over to my blog in the link above. Thanks, Thou Equipment Used (these are affiliate links that support my website and is provided at no extra cost to you – thank you for your support!): Nikon D5200: https://amzn.to/2WX14df Shure SM7B: https://amzn.to/3bMkpSD Zoom F8 (Audio Interface): https://amzn.to/2wKYSuL Behringer MOTOR49 MIDI Controller: https://amzn.to/2xKl8Vm#howto#subharmonic#singing

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Michael Allen

1 month ago You: “This is bass2yang…” Me: instant smash subscribe and like buttons LoL 14

Luke Thompson

Luke Thompson

1 year ago This mans voice is already an octave lower than mine 703

Luiz Soares

Luiz Soares

1 year ago i want to learn subharmonics so i can reach your speaking notes. 315

Lanky

Lanky

1 year ago THIS is the video we all needed. This will bring world peace 230

Mr Vampire

Mr Vampire

1 year ago not gonna lie, I’ve been trying to figure out how to sing subharmonic for about a month now, this is the first video that makes me think I actually did the technique right, thank you for this 67

Migraine Gainn

Migraine Gainn

1 year ago Thank you for the simple explanation. This was the final piece of the puzzle. Just dropped to a C1 and held it for the first time. 😁 142

DenSan7

DenSan7

10 months ago (edited) You have changed my life! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am a low baritone and I have always DREAMED to reach those beautiful low notes, with no success. But now I have followed your explanation attentively and after a couple times I finally found that hidden low frequency in the octave higher without varying the pushing of the air. It’s been like rediscovering the potential of my own voice!!! Again, thank you very very much! From now on I will be practicing this 😉 19

Brent Breault

Brent Breault

1 month ago There is an extended technique on stringed instruments like violin and viola called “subharmonic playing.” It is where you drag the bow harder than normal (causing a disturbance, like the tuning fork touching the subwoofer) and that causes the note to pop down an octave. It’s amazing how this phenomenon can be performed across many different mediums! I also believe that polyphonic playing in bassoons and pedal tones in brass are also the same concept. It’s so cool how this phenomenon can be used to create music. 5

Luke Aitchison

Luke Aitchison

1 year ago I used subharmonics in a high school production of addams family. I was playing Lurch (a zombie) so even if it popped a little bit people just assumed it was me doing a character voice. They worked like a charm as I was miced so the sound was really powerful 51

SamMiTCH5483

SamMiTCH5483

1 year ago Thank you for this video! I just started getting the hang of subharmonics. I’ve been able to do bass growls like tim foust for a bit but bc I’m a choral singer I wanted to prioritize subharmonics. I recently finally started to be able to make coherent notes with it, my natural chest voice usually can reach a C2 confidently and quite loud any given day, and I’ve actually sang a C1 with subharmonics a couple times while practicing this past week 9

Jacob Funnell

Jacob Funnell

8 months ago I watched this and then ended up singing B1 after 30mins–hour of practice. The “touching the fry” thing really made it click for me. This is completely mad, my lowest clean note normally is A2! I guess the next step is trying to make this more than a party trick for me and turn it into a usable singing register. 22

Tyler Rick

Tyler Rick

4 months ago This is a very good explanation video. I have just recently started learning to use subharmonics in my vocals. On a good day, I can sing an F1 using this technique. However, I am having control issues and am getting a lot of that “fail-safe” sound that you discussed. Thank you. 3

Slade Horne

Slade Horne

1 year ago Thank you so much! I can only get this to work decently sometimes. How do you stop it from sounding too crackly and not like one solid note? And how do you increase your projection? 11

Kenneth Irgendwas

Kenneth Irgendwas

5 months ago for me it is pretty easy to reach these subharmonics on the first relatively high note by now example, but when i go to the second example i’d say it becomes about 3x more difficult to actually engage the vocal fry, also the note gets a weirdly jittery texture and i feel like i dont actually hit it correctly all of the time. also doing an ‘O’ sound and slightly pinching my throat helps with engaging them consistently for me. 4

Michael Bray

Michael Bray

1 year ago was able to make my first subharmonic sound using this and even made it sound decent. Thank you so much and I will continue to practice this is the future to hone in this skill to sound as good as you do. 3

Owl

Owl

3 months ago Appreciate this video, my chamber choir is doing a piece with notes none of us basses have. Might give my director a nice surprise! 6

musicisbrilliant

musicisbrilliant

8 months ago Your subharmonic tone sounds phenomenal! Thanks for sharing this. 3

Paul Hidden

Paul Hidden

1 year ago I sung an a1 and a g1 today with subharmonics, these things are like magic, I’m a baritone and I can sing low now 👌 6

Wil Ezekiel

Wil Ezekiel

1 year ago Hahaha this is so cool, I paused it after your bit with the f3 and piece of paper and got it in like 10 seconds, this is awesome. I’ve recently gotten Mongolian throat singing so this is another cool technique to have 14

Fritz Schneebauer

Fritz Schneebauer

1 year ago Very good explanation! Sometimes people ask me about subharmonics, but I don’t use it … so I can recommend your video now! 🙂 30

SuperSpitt81

SuperSpitt81

3 weeks ago This is legit the best video to demonstrate and teach how to do this. I’ve literally spent the last five years trying to figure this out (did it by accident while singing with my brothers for Christmas and couldn’t figure out how to replicate it again), and during your paper/finger tutorial, the way you explained it just clicked and I managed to finally do it. Five years man, and you made it so easy. Great teaching and explanation. Thank you so much. 1

Cody Jeter

Cody Jeter

1 year ago I’ve used subharmonics in a choral setting down to D1, but the sweet spot seems to be between F1-Bb1 for me. Although I have been able to go as low as A0, not that there is any use for it haha 12

Alan McKenna

Alan McKenna

2 months ago This is crazy I sing and use fry to fry scream but never realised I could use my vocal fry to drop so much this was such a good explanation thank you 🙏🏻 1

Joshua Hull

Joshua Hull

10 months ago My lowest chest note is a B1 ( an A1 on a good day ) and this actually helped me get down to a B0! Thank you! 2

Sear0h

Sear0h

1 year ago After watching tons of videos on subharmonics, this is the video that actually helped 18

such channel, wow

such channel, wow

9 months ago I’m surprised that it kind worked when I tried it. thanks for the simple explanation, hopefully with some more practice I can get it a bit more controlled and usable. 2

Σέφης Κουτσώνας

Σέφης Κουτσώνας

1 year ago (edited) Very good tutorial , thanks for your work. I have been watching you for quite long and i practice at that technique for almost 1 and a half year or 2 years , can’t remember exactly. I can’t still have a flawless sound but i’m working on it , i practice about 2 times per week cause i started voice lessons for right vocal position and health control of my voice , i am chanter at a church and i always get cracks on my voice and tired cause i ve been singing in a wrong way so that’s why i started lessons to control properly my voice plus i have a healthy voice checked by my doctor. How long will it take to control properly the subharmonics in your experience ? i use that technique in ison ( there are chunters and the isons who keep the tone ) but i can’t for long period of time cause after that my voice isn’t good and i m forced to stop for my own good. 2

Ben B

Ben B

1 year ago (edited) Baritone / tenor 2 my lowest (comfortable) chest note is a f# 2 i was able to hold a f# 1 comfortably this was the only video that really helped 16

tino bomelino

tino bomelino

8 months ago omg this helped me immediately! thank you!! 3

Theodore

Theodore

1 year ago Truly amazing. This isn’t necessarily related to subharmonics, but how does one speak with a relaxed voice such as you do? Also, given your knowledge on acoustics and the anatomy/function of the human voice, how does one maximize power of the voice? Or rather projection; hitting that vocal output ratio opera singers have mentioned. Besides physiological aspects that determine one’s size of voice, how does one maximize their vocal output? In addition, to tie this question and this video together (which again proved crucial to finally understanding and embodying proper ability in subharmonic singing) how does one maximize their subharmonic projection? Thanks very much for all you do! 12

DSI

DSI

5 months ago In the morning, I can sometimes hit B1, but I’m usually stuck with a lowest of D2. I finally figured this out, and well, it worked lmao 5

Michael Lalrinawma

Michael Lalrinawma

1 year ago Hello Mr Yang, I’ve really tried to sing the subharmonic register (really really tried). But I just can’t hit that vocal fry. How long does this take you to master it? I know it takes time, but I think I’ve practiced long enough, maybe I didn’t practice it the right way? It would really help if you could do more in-depth video on getting the vocal fry. Thank You 4

Gideon

Gideon

1 year ago Very clear and concise. Thank you. 2

David Johnston

David Johnston

1 year ago This real help answer some questions for myself trying to learn how to sing with subharmonic notes. Thanks 5

MyTranscription

MyTranscription

1 year ago (edited) sry im a little late! i’m a baritone, i can reach without force my voice an D2 (full chest), when i wake up i have a lot of vocal fry, and i try to do my baritone exercise (my teacher let me this exercises to do) but in that exercise the lower note that him discribed me its an A2 when i practice this i loose my vocal fry and i have to concetre a lot to reach again. i can do your bass excersice to try to expand my range whit out damage my voice? pd: im a light baritone. 26

Matthew Warwick

Matthew Warwick

1 year ago Wow, I’m gonna try learning this so I can reach contra octave notes! Thanks for the explanation! BTW, do you consider yourself just a regular bass or a basso profundo? 13

George

George

1 year ago Hey Thou! I can’t believe the day came that you finally teach this platform how to do it right! Thank you for the video and i hope that in these times, more great content like this will shine through YouTube. Quick random question, where are you from originally? Like what are your roots ethnicity-wise? 2

Benjamin Weaver

Benjamin Weaver

1 year ago Thank you for the clear explanation, time for me to explore vocal fry! One question, does this work the same in women’s voices? 5

Mad Musician

Mad Musician

1 year ago Does subharmonics feel like applying pitch to your vocal fry? When you use vocal fry as merely a tool at the very beginning of a phrase, we often don’t ever think of it as something that’s actually a part of our range. This is what I’ve done that sounds as close to it as it currently can be: you use extra breath support on your vocal fry (which most people don’t) with a little extra tightness (not tension, similar thing for whistle voice) on your throat to create a much more consistent tone within that register and just start trying to hit and stabilize each pitch you go for. Is this correct? 2

Matt Clendaniel

Matt Clendaniel

1 month ago Hey Thou, Thanks for the great tutorial. When I get really low in subharmonics, it starts to feel…grindy, like fry but much more intense. It feels like I’m placing it closer to the back of my throat, and if I continue for too long it seems to make my throat sore. Obviously I stopped at that point, but do you have any idea what might be going wrong? I can toss a recording up on YouTube if you’d be willing to look.

hugohugohugohugo

hugohugohugohugo

8 months ago Sick, it worked perfectly!! Great video and explanation!! 2

Yasya Sun

Yasya Sun

1 month ago (edited) At first, I thought I learned nothing, cos the second note you tried had no work for me, but when I tried it a bit higher and checked the board- wow, I was impressed! I am mezzo, and my usual lowest note is somewhere in E3 -F3, But I reached B2-C3, I could never..! It’s a kind of flex now – to know that you really can reach 3 octaves somehow, even if it’s not completely usable, etc.

roie busany

roie busany

1 year ago can you explain excatly what is happening in the vocal folds in the subharmonic register? didn’t quite understand how it works thanks for the video!

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