How to Talk With a Deeper Voice

Four Parts:Discovering How You Sound NowImproving Your Capacity to Change Voice ToneTraining Your Deeper VoiceChecking On and Maintaining Your Voice Progress

Have you ever wanted to speak with a well rounded, deeper voice? Many radio announcers, voice-over artists and public speakers use such voices professionally because they command attention while at the same time suggesting gentle authority (e.g.: the deep voice of God in movies and ads on TV). If you're male, you might be interested to learn that some women tend to subconsciously associate men who have deeper voices with as not only more authoritative but also with increased attractiveness, fitness and strength.[1] If you have a higher pitched voice, or if you'd simply like to extend the depth and range of your voice for an acting or voice-over role, it is possible within your voice range. Whatever the reason, speaking in a natural sounding, deeper voice is not as demanding as it might seem. Train your own voice by following the steps in this article.

Part 1
Discovering How You Sound Now

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    Listen to yourself to understand better how you sound now. Knowing your voice pitch well will help you to control its volume and to make a conscious effort to shift it to deeper pitches. You can listen to yourself attentively as you speak in front of a mirror, you can record your voice on the computer, a portable recording device such as a tape recorder, and play it back. Some devices will sound truer than others, so try to find good quality recording and playback gear. Tiny speakers do not reproduce deep/bass sound, not being intended to be a bass reference speaker... Be sure to choose somewhere quiet to record your voice, to avoid interference from other sounds or people talking.
    • Cup a hand behind your ear to help hear yourself when experimenting.
    • In private, try facing very closely, perhaps 4 inches (10 cm), into a corner for better acoustics, feedback, to hear yourself more clearly, in natural voice and practice your variations.
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    Have fun paying attention to your tone of voice. Is it too airy, shallow, high, shrill or whiny? Is it somewhat deep but not quite there yet? Of course, sounding like a sports announcer at an arena can seem odd; so keep it as natural as possible!
    • Are you male or female? Sopranos and high tenor voices will naturally be more challenging, but it's not impossible, just different. Think of the husky (alto or contralto) tones of actors like Lauren Bacall, Anne Bancroft, Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Beals as some of the deeper voiced female examples.[2]

Part 2
Improving Your Capacity to Change Voice Tone

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    Relax your throat. When you try to speak in different tones that are lower than your usual voice, your voice is less likely to crack. Aim to relax your throat as much as possible, so that you do not tighten or tense your voice (which can sound anxious or irritated).
    • Moisten your voice box (larynx) and keep it sounding clear by working up a little extra saliva occasionally and swallowing.
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    Drink warm water or warm weak tea before practicing. Warm tea or water will help relax the muscles of the throat and voice box (larynx). On the other hand, drinking cold water will cause tightening of the vocal cords (to practice your higher voice, if you like).


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    Breathe naturally. Breathe rather deeply to fill your lungs and improve breath control, taking your breath from the diaphragm. Avoid taking short, shallow breaths (and definitely avoid hyperventilating).
    • Your posture is important for achieving a good speaking voice. Standing with good posture opens up your diaphragm to allow the air more space to move freely and helps you speak more clearly. Check your posture in front of the mirror to see whether it's okay or needs improvement. Watch yourself speaking in both your usual and your desired deep voice change, to see whether you can improve the sound by improving your posture.

Part 3
Training Your Deeper Voice

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    Open your mouth quite naturally, in order to speak normally. Do not purse, cup or shape your lips or cheeks (unless you want to make odd sounds).
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    With your head tilted forwards, start humming your deepest and loudest. Now slowly tilt your head back and try to keep the same tone until you're looking straight up. Do this several times and make sure to drink water when your done.
    • Avoid speaking with a guttural (growl), rattle or raspy (rough) sound, as much as you can. Doing any of these sounds can damage your voice; however, if these sounds persist despite trying, you may be suffering some type of permanent complication, such as from strep-throat, too much screaming at sports, scars, or even precancerous polyps. It would be very prudent to see a doctor, if having a raspy voice is a continually present condition, as it could be a symptom of a serious underlying medical condition.
    • Avoid making totally or mostly nasal tones. For example, something like a buzzing in your nasal passages (the infamous Willie Nelson, country voice). Talking with either a more nasal tone (less chesty) or less nasal (more chesty) requires persistence, because you have to find and decide how you want to sound––and to make it a habit or your "new-usual" tone.
    • Avoid using an overly airy, soft, smooth, too hollow-resonance or echo-like sound that you can feel in your chest (called a chest voice). Only use these sounds, if you want a completely covered, no-nasal-at-all and a "woo-woo" voice (baritone (men)/contralto (women)).
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    Cultivate your lower voice and get more volume in the low registers.
    • Hum deeply from your throat, with your lips parted and your chin pointed down toward your chest, to warm up your voice.
    • Raise your chin slowly while humming and then begin speaking directly from that humming voice so that it sounds from that deeper tone.
    • Add a pleasant, small amount of nasal tone for a stronger sound.
    • Work on both lower and higher tones, plus more and less nasal, more and less chest-voice, as well as your usual tones to learn to control your voice modulations. This is very similar to practicing musical voice-tones but not a "sing-song" voicing; namely, you're not actually singing.
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    Practice projecting your speaking voice. Learn to talk so that you hear your voice out in front of yourself. Don't hold your stomach in while learning this. Breathe from your diaphragm; you should feel breathing not only in your chest, but also as if air is moving your upper abdomen, stomach area and pushing your lower chest upwards and away from your body.
    • Speak deliberately. Voice your syllables somewhat slowly, so as to purposely not fall back into your previous habit of using a higher speaking tone.

Part 4
Checking On and Maintaining Your Voice Progress

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    Record your new voice with a good mic. Play it back with good speakers or earphones (with good bass capability) to hear how you sound. Check recordings to know how you sound in conversation with other persons to compare your new voice to see whether the recording sounds natural or not when heard by other people.
    • Note: If others sound like themselves on the recording device, then expect that what you hear actually does sound like yourself, desired or not. Work on it!

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    Practice changing gradually. Avoid making harsh or hard, efforts to change your voice, so as to prevent any straining of the vocal cords. At the start, only work your voice out for short periods of time, and do so only a couple of semitones below your normal pitch. Over time, carefully lower your practice pitch, and allow yourself extra time.
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    Experiment with your deeper voice. Work on it. Do it over and over, that is, practice it many times, not only a couple tries. Have fun and experiment with friends and family to see how they react (they're more likely to be forgiving). Try funny voices and odd tones to learn better control. And keep aiming to ensure that your voice sounds as you prefer it.
    • Be as natural as possible. Don't be embarrassed, if you sound differently from what you would like, even after trying extensively.


  • Practice using a deeper voice on the phone to see whether your friends recognize you.
  • Maintain your sound: not too loud, airy, loose, tight or nasal. Extreme nasality should be controlled and used as you like for effect (such as character or cartoon voices for fun or profit).
  • Expect to be able to control your different tones to the needed extent, without sounding fake or put-on. For example, if you're an actor, you may find the need to squeal, speak with a high pitched voice or adopt a whining tone for cartoons, a particular role or for emphasis. The ability to change between pitches can be very useful in this case.
  • If can afford it, you might like to try a few speech or voice lessons. If so, talk to a speech or singing-voice teacher to see what one may suggest and the costs involved. If you decide to ask for voice training help, don't be too touchy or sensitive about their comments; simply allow the other person to explain honestly––without embarrassment––what they think that they can achieve with your voice.
  • Think about it.... Do you really need a deep voice, or are you trying to impress your friends? Hey, go for it!

    So, how long has it been since you spoke in a deeper, more mellow voice -- "well, that's probably too long"...


  • Do not use lemon juice or other strippers. Your voice cannot be replaced, if harmed and abused beyond repair; so don't strain to the point of pain or irritation.
  • Do not strain your voice by forcing sounds that are uncomfortable, such as rasping (grinding) your vocal cords. Always mind: better safe than sorry, in how you practice or perform.
  • Avoid speaking in hard, rough tones, or harshly clearing your throat. That can injure your voice, over time.
  • If you have a high voice such as tenor, do not strain or harshly try to change your natural voice. A tenor voice is great; keep it that way––healthy and strong.

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