Here’s How I Got a Deeper Voice (the 5 Best Techniques)


If you came here from Google, you’ve probably already been through a heap of articles on how to get a deeper voice. The problem with these is, none of them seem to be written by people who are actually speaking from experience. With each point, you have no idea whether you’re getting tried and tested advice or just guesswork they’ve plucked from the internet.

McConaughey voice-deepening exercise

As someone who has actually deepened his voice (from about average to low), I wanted to take a different tack and discuss the methods that worked for me, alongside a few others. Most of these I’ve tried, but not all of them, so where I don’t have first-hand knowledge I’ll link to discussion boards to show you real people talking about these techniques and how they worked for them.

Just to get it out of the way, none of this is medical advice. I trust you to follow these tips without giving yourself an injury – and if you feel in any way like you might, you should stop immediately. Right, here we go.

1. Strengthen your Neck Muscles

I’ve seen a lot of talk about this online, so I wanted to start by confirming here: this truly does work. Actually, it’s my favourite method of all of them.

If you put your hand on your throat, you’ll feel two long muscles which run down from behind your ear to your collarbone. These are your sternocleidomastoids, and when they get tense they tug on your vocal chords, resulting in a higher note. Relax these and, logically enough, your voice gets lower.

Sternocleidomastoid stretch

One recommended way of doing this is by making the neck muscles stronger. Stronger muscles are better at meeting their daily demands and therefore less likely to tighten up throughout the day. I was interested in this idea, so I thought I’d test it out.

Every day, at 2 o’clock and in the same room, I recorded a sample of my voice and wrote down the figures. I chose 2pm because I wanted the ‘morning effect’ of my voice to have worn off and I knew I wouldn’t have been drinking alcohol around that time. After the recording, every other day, I’d do 3 sets of 20 reps of crunches, where I lay on my bench and slowly nodded my head from horizontal to vertical, tucking in my chin – like doing sit-ups with your neck.

And it worked. Here’s a chart I made with Vocular.


As you can see, by all four metrics, my voice did deepen over time. My matches completely changed too.

More compellingly, my voice actually got higher before it got lower. It starts at about 105Hz, then shoots up to 113Hz and stays high for a week, before it gradually deepened month after month to the current pitch of 89Hz. That’s like going from Edward Norton, to Justin Bieber, to Jon Hamm.

This fits the idea that strong neck muscles give you a deeper voice. The exercises first made my neck weaker, like any muscle when you start training it. So my voice got higher. Then, as I continued with the exercises, it got used to the strain and became stronger, and my pitch dropped.

I should add that I also stretch my neck to relieve any tension that might build up with the exercises. So if you’re thinking of doing this, that’s something to keep an eye on. In fact, this guy on Reddit seems to have a routine which worked really well for him and seems to focus more on stretching.

Update: I’m also currently experimenting with a neck harness to build the muscles at the back of my neck as well as the front. It’s early days but I’ll report back here if I find that to be more effective.

2. Breathe from the Diaphragm

Ever noticed how your shoulders bob up and down as you breathe in and out?

If you’re have, you’re doing it wrong. This is a thing called ‘shallow breathing’ and it’s something most people are guilty of. While it seems as good as any method, this kind of breath shifts effort to the upper half of the torso, putting tension on the neck and vocal chords.

Instead, breathe with the muscle that’s designed to do it: the diaphragm. As you inhale, try to shift the effort downward so your stomach flexes out while your shoulders remain completely still. Feel as though the air is being summoned by your abs.

I know it’s quite hard to follow in writing, so Eric Arceneaux does a very good job of explaining this.

This one correction had the greatest impact on my voice depth – but, like any bad habit, it requires a conscious effort to overcome it. You may want to try something to remind yourself when you’re creeping back to your old ways. One vocal coach has created the Singing-Belt to do this, although it’s expensive so using kinesiology tape or a tight T-shirt might work better.

It’s tough to get used to, but mastering diaphragmatic breathing will also give you a richer, more resonant voice, which is probably more important than having a deep voice. It also has a host of other benefits, such a reducing stress and improving athletic performance, since it’s just a more efficient way to breathe.

3. Aspirate

You can try this one for yourself and immediately see its effect. Open Vocular and enable the Pitch Tracker in Settings, then speak to the microphone in your normal voice and see what numbers come up.

Now try talking in a breathier, more aspirated kind of way, as if you’re speaking through a sigh. If you need someone to copy, Tom Hiddleston’s a pretty good example.

You should see your numbers drop as soon as you take on this breathier kind of tone. And not only does this make your voice deeper, it makes it more attractive too. A 2014 study found that the most attractive male voices were also the breathiest – and this was so pronounced that women preferred a high-pitched but breathy voice over a deep, non-breathy one.

4. Drink More Water

Please don’t skip over this section, because it’s a lot more important than you might think. You know how the depth of your voice is partly caused by the size of your vocal chords? Well, dehydration literally shrinks your vocal chords. The loss of water equates to a loss of mass, leaving you with thinner, squeakier vocal chords.

And, strikingly, most people are dehydrated. A recent study found that 75% of Americans fell far below the recommended daily intake, which, again, gives us a majority of people speaking with higher voices than they ought to be.


The solution is to make things easier for yourself. If you work at a desk, get a jug (one that can hold 3-4 litres) and fill it every morning. Not only will this encourage you to drink more because it’s there, it’ll bring the water to room temperature which stops the throat contracting from the cold.

If you’re sceptical about the impact of this, see for yourself. My hydrated voice is often so much deeper that it shares almost no overlap with my dehydrated one – the similarity comes out at about 10-20%. In fact, I now make a point of drinking a litre of water an hour before going on a date or to an important meeting.

5. Be More Monotone

I’ve noticed a few names that come up time and time again when discussing voice depth. One of these names is Clint Eastwood. But the weird thing here is that, in terms of pitch, Eastwood doesn’t have a deep voice. It’s about average.


However, one thing Eastwood has in spades in monotony. This is a very manly trait – in fact, a recent study found that men with monotone voices tend to have more sexual partners than those who don’t. So it may be that the masculinity of a monotone voice tricks people into thinking that voice is deep as well.

This is backed up by a paper on vocal attractiveness, which found that the voices which varied less in pitch were the most likely to be considered deep. In fact, pitch variation was almost as important as actual pitch in deciding whether a voice was deep or not.


  1. Michael

    You mentioned here that you were experimenting with a neck harness to build the muscles on the back of your neck. Have you noticed any difference in your voice after doing so?

    1. Vocular

      Hey Michael, yeah, I meant to update this actually. My voice is now 85Hz, which is the deepest I’ve ever known it. It sounds weird as well but my neck actually feels different. My SCMs used to feel gristly and tight, but now they feel a lot more supple and tender, like a good cut of meat. Sounds weird but that’s the best description I have for it.

      1. David

        Oh I’m on 97 and i haven’t even really trained is that relatively deep?

        1. Vocular

          If that’s the median/average, then yeah, that’s relatively deep

    2. Vocular

      I’ve been doing the neck harness exercises for six weeks too, initially with 5kg, then 7.5kg, now 10kg.

      1. Michael

        NIce! Could you recommend a specific neck harness?

        1. Vocular

          Well, I haven’t tried any others but the one I use is by One X Sport. I don’t remember buying it, so it must’ve been cheap. There are probably more comfortable ones out there as well though.

      2. Beth Harford

        Hey this article is very helpful, i am trying to get a deeper voice for a character i am playing at school. I have a high register, and for the impact of the character i really need a lower pitch. i have one question, what sample did you use on Vocular?

        thanks so much!

        1. Vocular

          Hi Beth, thanks. I’m a bit confused by your question though. Which sample are you referring to?

  2. Matheus

    Thanks for the tips! When you began trying out the neck exercises how long did it take until you saw some positive results?

    1. Vocular

      Hmmm, can’t remember the first time. I think it’s generally been in the second week that I’ve seen improvements each time. Have you been doing them for long?

      1. Matheus

        I just started 4 days ago. So far as expected my voice has gone up a bit. You mind going into a bit of detail on what exercises and stretches you do? I read the reddit post you mention in the article and Im pretty much following that. I do 15 repetitions of “sit-ups” with my neck and hold at the top for 10s or so. I do 3-4 sets twice a day. After I do the opposite by stretching my neck out as opposed to contracting it.

        1. Vocular

          Yeah, I only do 3 sets and I don’t actually hold, and I do this every other day (3-4 times a week). I do also exercise the muscles at the back of my neck too with a neck harness because I was worried about a muscular imbalance. They seem to have gone pretty well, although I’ve been very slack about it lately. Stretch wise, I just do SCM stretches and this stretch when it suits me.

  3. Matheus

    Sweet, thank for the info. Have you thought about adding a section where people can add pictures of their progress? My voice is gradually getting lower in part because of the exercises now.

    1. Vocular

      Great idea, I take it you’re keeping a chart at the moment?

      1. Matheus

        My phone was restored but I was. Just started a new one today.

  4. Edward

    I cant get the chart to work with the app

    When are you adding in the other features for example to get rid of nasality etc. etc.

    1. Vocular

      Hey Edward, what device are you using? Are you saving a recording before adding it too?

      I’m not totally sure. My dev’s been working on another project for a while, so he’s not been able to focus on this. Good news is that that project goes live in early May, so, unless there are any problems, we should be able to work on adding new features then. From a linguistic point of view, I already know how to calculate these things, so we just need to get the code done.

  5. Mory

    Really interesting !
    Could you explain how you suggets to work with a kinesiology tape?

    1. Vocular

      Sure, you just wrap a band of it around your chest (just below your pectorals and shoulder blades). When you start breathing with your chest, it’ll start to tighten and remind you to breathe with your diaphragm instead.

      1. Mory

        Is it possible to use this also for building support like the singing belt is supposed to do?

  6. Frey

    Is tgere any way to gain back morning voice after losing it if not what to do then?

  7. Kalle

    Is there any risk of getting sleep apnea by doing these exercises? Ive read that you can get it by adding mass to your neck but that requires a bit of heavy lifting. I want to try the exercises that you wrote about my I dont want to risk getting other problems like sleep apnea.

    1. Vocular

      Hi Kalle, that’s an interesting question. I didn’t actually know what sleep apnea was until a minute ago, so I can say I certainly haven’t been affected, but then again, I don’t know whether some people are especially susceptible to it. Nobody’s written in to report this to me though. Is there a big risk in trying the exercises and seeing if they affect your sleep?

    2. Vocular

      I live near an Olympic physio who specialises in the neck and shoulders and I’ve been wanting to interview her for a while, so I’ll add this to the list for when I do. Won’t be for a while though.

  8. Jack

    Hi will this work for me as I am 14 and going through puberty my voice hasent dropped and it’s annoying so will this work?

    1. Vocular

      Hi Jack, no, it won’t work with that kind of thing. When you go through puberty, your voice drops about 200 Hz. These exercises (in my experience) deepen your voice by about 20 Hz, so they’re no contender to your voice’s natural development. You could use Vocular to track the change in your voice over time and see how it’s changing month by month so you can see that it is getting deeper – but don’t get upset if you don’t like the initial results. That change will come with time.

  9. Igo SanMa

    Eu fiz os exercícios de flexão de pescoço e consegui baixar a minha frequência média vocal de 120Hz para 95Hz. Isso já faz três meses e a minha voz continua grave. (Sou do Brasil e uso o aplicativo).

    1. Vocular

      “I did the neck flexion exercises and managed to lower my average vocal frequency from 120Hz to 95Hz. This has been three months and my voice is still serious. (I’m from Brazil and use the application).”

      Hey Igo, just wanted to post the translation to your comment so other people would see it too. That’s really great news. Did you follow a different routine at all or was it totally the same as what I did?

  10. Curious

    Hey,Can you post your voice transformation recordings?Like the initial recs and the final rec.
    105 Hz and the 85 Hz one.

    1. Vocular

      Sure, they’re actually already on YouTube here:

      I also show my archive recordings in one of the comments on the video.

      1. Alp Cengiz

        Bro my voice depth is 113hz and also my voice’s classification is high. My voice is also baritone. My variance is medium. Finally vocal fry is %13. So what do all of these mean? Is my voice thin bro?

        1. Vocular

          Hey Alp, your voice shouldn’t be considered high at 113Hz. What was the reliability number of your recording?

  11. Joshua

    So for those neck crunches, is your neck starting perpendicular to the floor, or do you let it just hang down all the way before doing the crunch?

    Also, I can’t be totally sure from the graph because the scale is missing. Over how long did it take your voice to change? I’ve been doing the exercises for about a month and have noticed a little progress (using Vocular), but it just seems like my progress has been a little slow…

    1. Vocular

      Hey Joshua, sorry it’s taken a day to get back to you. I read your message at midnight UK time and couldn’t reply straightaway.

      Anyway, yeah, my neck is basically parallel with the floor when I start the crunch (kinda like this:

      Looking back through my archives (and listening to the recordings to make sure they’re mine), I can see that my voice was about 95Hz median, down from 105Hz, after a month. Two months in, I start getting recordings in the 80s, so you should see further improvements and more consistent results later. What kind of difference have you seen so far?

      1. Joshua

        I’ve been doing the exercises for about two and half months. I’d probably discount the first month because I don’t think I was doing the exercises quite right. I started doing it closer to what you posted in your picture after that. That leaves about one and a half months of productive exercise.

        When I started my average speaking pitch (averaged for the first week) was 110hz. Now my average speaking pitch (averaged from the week up to this post) is 104hz. However, I’m really not as concerned about that. My ultimate goal is to get my average pitch around 98hz, or maybe a little below.

        What I really am trying to do is lower my voice depth. I am currently enrolled in a Voice and Diction class at my local community college. Our instructor informed us that there is something called habitual pitch, and optimum pitch. Habitual pitch is the pitch the you speak at normally, which can either be above or below your optimum pitch (usually below). Optimum pitch is the range of frequencies of your voice that is the easiest to resonate and project with. It also ensures that you are not hurting your larynx by unnaturally depressing your larynx if you’re attempting to talk too low. That is why some singing teachers encourage their students to use their optimum pitches for speech, because it makes it much less likely for the voice to get strained or injured between lessons. (that’s my teacher in the video)

        When I started doing the neck exercises, my optimum pitch was C#3 to a Eb3. It is currently at a C3 to a D3. So it has gone down, at least a little. There were some days when I would consistently get a B3 or a Bb3, which is encouraging because it leads me to believe that , like the other vocal paramaters, optimum pitch is changeable to some degree. My hope is that as my voice lowers, my optimum pitch will lower along with it. I would like to get my optimum pitch down to around 98hz (G2), if possible.

        Furthermore, what causes some actors voices to sound so good is not just their average pitch. It also has a lot to do with their voice depth. For instance, if you look at the celebrity analysis’ of Ian Mckellen and Patrick Stewart or even Morgan Freeman (three actors with amazing voices), you will find that all of their average pitches (according to Vocular) are all around 98 Hz. But what gives their voices their “golden” qualities is the vocal depth that they are able to resonate with. Trust me, an Mckellen talking at an average of 98 Hz sounds a lot richer than I do talking at 98hz, at least for now.

        That being said, I consider my vocal depth to be a more important thing to develop than just my average speaking pitch. When I started (again, averaging the week), my average Voice Depth was 100hz. It is now 95hz. Not that much, but it is still quite noticeable. My goal is to get at least to 82hz depth. That would be an E2 and just under a 20Hz shift. I don’t think that’s unreasonable.
        I have also noticed that my voice depth changes throughout the day, and not just with morning voice. If I had a busy day at work and I test on Vocular right after, my voice might have a depth of 98hz. But once I get home and I test again, I’ve gotten as low as 91hz. So my hope is that just means my neck muscles are still developing and as their endurance grows the lower end will be easier to maintain. You said that your average pitch went down 20hz (25hz in one of the comments), has you vocal depth gone down an equal amount?

        Also, from a Voice training standpoint, I would say that a big part of the muscles we are training are not just the SCMs (although you certainly were correct in saying that they were. Because they are involved). There are another set of muscles in the center of your neck called the hyoid muscles. They actually aid in the motion of the larynx, which in turn facilitates the use of the vocal folds. And from some research, it seems that these are the very muscles these neck exercises primarily target ( )
        ( )

        Just out of curiosity, what is the lowest note you are able to sing and has it changed since doing these exercises? When I started my lowest was a F2 and now I’m really close to being able to hit an F2 in normal settings (with morning voice I can sometimes flirt with an Eb2). I’m not sure, but it may be that there might be a correlation with your lowest singable note and your potential voice depth. It may be that your lowest note you can sing also becomes your lowest possible fundamental frequency (or depth) that you can speak with. That’s all speculation of course. Have you ever been able to get a voice depth lower than your lowest (clean) singing note.

        Also, Not to bother you too much, but do you think you could post a couple pics of your stretching routine. Maybe I just wasn’t looking hard enough, but I didn’t see any visual examples on the reddit link.

        p.s. Thanks for the great app. I’ve really enjoyed using it over the last couple months. If I may be so bold as to request a couple more celebrities, I would love to see Christopher Lee and Alec Guinness.

        1. Joshua

          Just a quick update, I’ve still been doing the neck exercises and I’ve made some progress. Some days I’ve been able to get vocal depth in the high 80s. I’ve uploaded a Youtube video to share the results so far (The reason I picked the second to last day for the last example was because my voice was still tired from the exercises I had done the previous day, so I didn’t think it would be the best example to use).

          Unfortunately my voice hasn’t lowered quite as much as I would have liked, but it is definitely noticeable. One day after my neck exercises my throat felt a little funny around my larynx and I had almost what I would call a mini cold. My voice was noticeable deeper, and I thought it might have just been the cold. But even after I got better my voice retained most of the new depth. I am now able to easily sing an F2, and with some effort can usually hit an Eb2 (sometimes even a D2) without fry.

          1. Joshua

            Sorry, I think the video link got cut off by the seductive voice header.


            That should work.

          2. Vocular

            Hey Joshua, I’ve left a more detailed comment on the video but that’s really cool. I hope more people post their results. Really interesting to see how your voice has lowered in variance as well as pitch (not a bad thing). Has anyone mentioned the change to you? It sounds very striking with back-to-back recordings.

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  13. Tony

    Well, I think it can make sence, but then, how to explain that there are some guys with rather thin necks and very deep voices? It means that their muscules are just naturally stronger/more relaxed and they dont need any special training or what? It’s the only thing that seems quite contradictory as for me.

    1. Vocular

      Hi Tony, thanks for your question. The guys with thin necks and deep voices could just be explained through genetics. Like I say (in the Q&A), the depth of your voice is really a product of the size of your vocal chords and their tension. Some guys just have longer, thicker vocal chords, so their voices are naturally deeper. Or, as you say, maybe their neck muscles are relaxed, even though they aren’t particularly big.

      1. Tony

        Yeah, i understand it, and thats why i really doubt how people with strain (no previous training) can talk medium 80 hz or near that. Because as far as i know there is a limit for chest voice – around C2-D2 for most of men (except people with gigantism of course). So I dont think thay can go really lower (for 20HZ like you). Also, if i don’t make a mistake, longer necks (if we talk abour basketball players, but they also train a lot, so…) are also thicker without training. By the way, i also noticed (didn’t pay much attention to it before) that mostly all celebrities with deep voices (like Benedict Cumberbatch, Alan Rickman etc) have rather thick necks.
        And one more question – what is your neck girth now? Because. you know, i don’t do any other sports/don’t go to gym etc, so you understand that it will look kind of funny, lol.

        1. Vocular

          Oh right, do you know where that chest voice figure comes from? I figured it was possible for a man to speak at around 70Hz, they just need to have big, relaxed vocal chords. That’s interesting what you say about longer necks. There’s a thing called ‘formant density’, which is a greater predictor of the masculinity of a voice than pitch. My gut feeling is that longer vocal tracts (i.e. the larynx to the lips) give rise to greater formant density. I’m not entirely sure what a high formant density sounds like in a voice, but I plan to add it to the app with a bunch of other features and do some research on it. My guess is that someone like Armie Hammer has particularly dense formants which make his voice sound deeper than it is in pitch alone, whereas nasal voices are the opposite.

          Not sure what my neck girth is now but it’s definitely thicker because a tuxedo shirt I bought in 2015 basically cuts off the blood flow to my brain now. I really should have measured it and kept a log against the graph…

          1. Joshua

            Hello again! This is slightly off topic, but for those interested here is a link to a discussion on formants and harmonics:


            Also, I found a doctor that does something called Thyrohyoid elevation, which is an operation that raises the larynx in the throat in MTF transgenders. His website provides audio examples, and it looks like in most of them that was the only surgery they had. So that can be a useful way to see the difference that comes solely from a high or low larynx.

            (audio examples on the left)

  14. Tony

    Oh, sorry for late answer. I just want to say that not all people have neck/voice strain. And i am more interested about is it just a physical issue or more mental? About lengh of vocal tract – i dont think it can influence a lot – cause there are a lot of women with longer necks.
    About possibility of speaking 70hz – its possible to “speak” even around 60 hz, but it will be more like reaching notes, not comfortable speaking, and of course it will be souftly and quiet. What about me – men with the lowest voices i’ve met all spoke around 80hz.
    Also, you didint use any special harness to build front neck muscles? Well, then it proves that neck really can grow fast.

  15. romain

    Very interesting, i did a bit of research about it.
    It seems that the scalenes muscles are a big compensator for neck flexors weakness. So the more the flexors are strong, the more the scalenes are relaxed, and so the vocal cords.

    Plus i have a thoracic outlet syndrome, basically first rib too much elevated and compressing my arteries. Scalenes are very tight and my neck flexors are freaking weak so i’m sure i’ll have crazy benefits from working them out.

    I also gained some depth after exercising my serratus anterior, which keeps the shoulders back and down and helping good posture.

    1. Vocular

      Hey Romain, that’s really cool. So are you already recording your voice change?

  16. Isaac Sales Rodrigues Furtado

    Is there an exercise to speak in a aspirate way?

    1. Vocular

      It’s not something we currently have in the app, but I’m planning to expand it in the next couple of months so it analyses how husky your voice is, and that’ll help you practise. But like I say here, just try and speak while breathing more air out, as if you’re sighing at the same time. Tom Hiddleston or Jon Krasinski are good examples to copy

  17. Terry

    One of the coolest(if not the coolest) apps ever!

    (1) Please start a website similar to this website a celebs height is listed and visitors comment under it,its very cool) where celebrity voice pitches will be listed and visitors can comment on what they think about that celebs voice and post their own voice samples etc,I think it would be very popular.

    (2) Please open this link here ,the blonde character’s voice actor is named Banjo Ginga and he did that voice without any artificial help.The comment I often see when people have heard that voice is that it is too deep to be humanly possible,personally I think its the best deep voice ever but I don’t think its too deep.What is your opinion on it,is it the deepest voice you’ve ever heard,what is his pitch level on vocular and how does he compare to the other Basses on your database? thank you in advance.

    1. Vocular

      Hey Terry, thanks! I’ll take a look at the guy’s voice. I’m planning on adding a bunch of new voices to the app (especially female ones) so I’ll check his voice out when I’m editing them.

      As for the voice listings, did you know they’re on the app? If you go to Archives then click the Celebrities tab at the top, you get the full list of voices in the database.

  18. Tyler

    Anything to combat losing voice depth as the day goes on? For me, I start off as 73hz, and I feel its depth and in my chest. It lasts for a good few hours. Today for example at night it’s 87hz. No longer feel it anywhere. Feels very weak.

    Any idea on what to do? Will training neck help keep my voice?

    1. Vocular

      Really? If 87Hz is as high as it gets, I’d say you don’t have anything to worry about. Neck exercises should help you though, by building stronger neck muscles that aren’t affected as much by everyday strain.

  19. Willrich

    I have been at the exercises for a couple weeks now, but haven’t noticed a significant trend downward yet. Just bought a neck harness so now am switching to weighted exercise. We’ll see how it goes…I started off already in the 80-90Hz range, but I would like to get consistently down into the 70s.

    1. Vocular

      Hey Willrich, did you notice your voice get higher at first at all? Have you been measuring most days too?

  20. Antony Reynolds

    So does this affect your entire voice? For example I plan to sing with as much range as humanly possible.

    Does this just increase my lower registers or will it also decrease my high notes?

    1. Vocular

      I honestly don’t know, as a non-singer who hasn’t heard from singers who’ve done this. My guess would be that it shifts your range downward, so you can hit lower notes but lose some of the higher ones. It’s just a guess though…

  21. ElliotElliot

    How do I sound monotone without sounding emotionless?

    1. Vocular

      I suppose you vary your volume and rate of speech without varying your pitch too much. I’d listen to someone like George Clooney or Benedict Cumberbatch as an example. They don’t speak with intonation but neither sound ‘cold’ in my opinion. There’s another post on monotone voices on here, I’m going to be updating it next month as well

  22. Gabriel

    Okay, so I don’t quite know how to start this comment but I guess it will just come along as I type. So I’m going to be 15 in a couple of weeks and I should have already experienced puberty by now. It might just be that puberty is coming late for me but I’m still concerned. My voice has always (relatively) been pretty deep so it already sounds like I’ve been through puberty. This is because of something loosely related to your 1st example. I have a disorder called Rhythmic Movement Disorder in which it (most of the time) forces me to bang my head back and forth repeatedly. The disorder’s effects usually happen for most people before sleep and during sleep. For me, it happens before and during sleep, and it also happens when I’m awake and just sitting upright. I’ve been doing this ever since I can remember. You could probably already guess how this is related to your first example. The constant motion of my head banging has strengthened the muscles in my neck, causing my voice to become significantly deeper. I don’t know if this has been of any interest to you, so if you have any questions just ask me.

    1. Vocular

      Hey Gabriel, that’s pretty interesting. So your neck muscles are a lot stronger than most people’s of your age? On the puberty thing, could you have your blood tested for testosterone? I don’t know much about this, but it seems plausible than your blood testosterone level would rise before you notice any of the effects of it.

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  24. Will

    I presume that you raise your back and then you move your head as far to the left, right, up & down as you can for 20 reps, rest, and then perform another two sets?

    1. Vocular

      Hi Will, I just lie flat on a gym bench and then lift my head up and down 20 times. I also turn it to the side to isolate particular neck muscles

  25. Frank

    Hey, how much did your neck grow in size during these two months? My neck is aesthetically fine at the moment but I am concerned with the outcomes of neck training, especially regarding perceived shoulder breadth. See James Milner, for instance. His frame is fine, but his shoulders look relatively narrow because he has such a strong neck.

    1. Vocular

      Hey, I’m not sure exactly. I’ll say that some shirts I own are now uncomfortable when I do up my top button, but I can still just about button them up. I think it all looks better as well.

      1. Frank

        Thank you for your answer. Do you think the aesthetic change is significantly noticeable to people around you?

        1. Vocular

          Probably not. Some new people have asked me if I play rugby, which didn’t really happen before, but no one has mentioned my neck getting bigger or anything…

  26. Tom

    I’m liking this app so far. Very interesting concept. That said I think the voice classifications could do with a bit of tweaking as it seems a bit strange seeing Daniel Radcliffe as a “bass” and various female actors as tenors and baritones. Perhaps add Soprano and Alto to cater for female users aiming for the sweet spot in the female range? Other than that I really like where this app is going!

  27. Jack

    How long should it take for my voice to get higher and then deeper when doing the neck exercises?

    1. Vocular

      Hi Jack, your voice should get higher the next day, stay that way for about a week before it returns to normal, then be significantly deeper after a month, then get deeper still. This is all just based on my experience though, so it might vary from person to person.

  28. Brad Alexander

    The part about dehydration is spot-on. I do voiceovers and I generally drink warm rooibos tea to keep the vocal cords loose and keep me hydrated.
    Also, Morgan Freeman’s trick of yawning a lot before a session helps.

    1. Vocular

      Ah, that’s interesting. I also used to have a section on Freeman’s yawning in here but I deleted it because people weren’t clicking on an article about 15 techniques for making your voice deeper…

      1. Brad Alexander

        I just tried your app for the first time and got my “similar too” list. I was happy that Robert diNero and Arnold Schwarzenegger were at the top. I had to laugh though as Jude Law wasn’t far behind. A few months ago an American colleague saw one of my videos and she had thought that Jude Law had done the narration.

  29. Ryan Koula

    Ahh everyone here is saying they started at 90-80 Hz but here I am starting at 170Hz as a guy. It sucks but I suppose I have a lot of work to do to even just sound like a guy in general. Also I am 21 so puberty has come and gone.

    Although I should note a few things. I had a deviated septum my whole life up until two years ago. This meant I could only breathe out of one nostril up until then. Also I have had incredibly bad posture all my life up until recently. I started to work out and it got slightly better but I still have some work to do. Overall, breathing has always been difficult (to do properly) up until recently so I am still trying to harness the power of my voice.

    I will do anything to deepen my voice as it is the least attractive quality of me by far. I think I will try singing classes and/or a voice coach and see how it goes for a while. But if I don’t see results I’m tempted to move towards surgery. Now I know surgery has risks and thats why I will and would only go to the best of the best to get it done.

    Also I have been training my neck for a few months now. I have only worked the front of my neck thusfar and have gotten to about 25 lbs for 12 reps. I havent noticed voice difference because I didn’t know neck work affected that. I plan to get a neck harness soon to really maximize my neck growth.

    1. Vocular

      Hi Ryan, have you been doing the neck exercises I recommend here? It sounds like you weren’t previously doing them to lower you voice. How do you do yours?

      1. Ryan Koula

        Actually what you described is exactly the exercise I do but with weight. I will do the movement but with a weighted plate on my forehead, doing curls and slowly nodding as you described. Originally I started working the neck for size purposes but yesterday found out on your blog that it can help train for your voice as well.

        Honestly the first times I did the exercise with weight is one of the best feelings Ive ever gotten. My neck loosened up and I could really feel the muscle fibers in my neck activating for the first time in my life. Whoever sees this comment and hasn’t tried neck training with weight (safely of course) I highly recommend it.

        1. Vocular

          Yeah, I felt that too, especially when I started using the neck harness too. I need to get back to that. I’m surprised it didn’t noticeably affect your voice though. Do you think it could be that you weren’t measuring before and after?

          1. Ryan Koula

            It might have affected it but you’re right, I didn’t measure a before and after.

            What would you say I should work on first in my voice journey? Im starting at a high 170Hz so I can only go deeper from here. Now I know that I will never sound like Morgan Freemon but I do want to improve. So many people when they talk to me I can tell my voice is like nails on a chalkboard to them, which spurs my social anxiety most times.

          2. Vocular

            Hey Ryan, I’m not sure completely. To be honest, I’m a bit flummoxed by the fact that the neck exercises aren’t having much impact. Do you have the app yet? I’d definitely try playing around with the pitch tracker to see what frequencies you’re capable of. I’d also start saving recordings everyday at 2pm so you can see if the neck exercises are having a good effect. Also, do you ever feel like you have a lot of upper body tension? Tight pecs maybe? That can cause problems if it pulls on your neck muscles (in my experience anyway).

            By the way, I’ve actually recently started a PhD in voice research, mainly looking at what makes a voice sound male or female and why some voices are more attractive than others. You might be surprised to hear that pitch isn’t as big a deal as most people think when it comes to having an attractive voice. John McEnroe’s voice is really high for a man, but he’s always seemed like a really manly guy to me. I don’t really like the word, but he’s always seemed so ‘alpha’. I was amazed to see his voice wasn’t deep, never mind high. So there’s other stuff going on. Same with Bill Clinton. Feel free to email me if you want to talk more about this.

  30. GGk gg

    Can you specify easy neck exercises?

    1. Vocular

      The ones I specify are easy. They only take five minutes.

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