Tips On How To Sing Bass Better?

Hello everyone,

I would just like to start off by saying hi my name is Tre and I am a new member to this forum. I am also very glad that I was able to find a forum actually dedicated to singing. Now to get down to the question Wink. Although I am 14 years of age right now in the 5th grade my voice went through a big change. I seemed to be off pitch most of the time and my teacher said that was because I was singing lower then anyone else. So although she didn’t have a baritone line she made one for each and every piece we sung. Then when going up to middle school my voice was constantly changing getting lower and lower, and soon enough singing lead bass in 6th grade all the way up to now were I will be a freshman in High school. Now I know singing "low" isn’t what being a bass means. Although my voice has been improving and become more resonate each and every day. To help better my instrument I've had the chance to work with a bass singer once who taught me a great deal and my music teacher and I always have lessons with each other. Sometimes I will even sing along with some of my favorite basses... (Although I heard that is bad for your voice???) So I was just wondering since I am real serious about singing bass and would like to make something of it when I’m older I was wondering if there are any other fellow bass singers willing to give a young student some tips and help. I would appreciate it very much and it would be and honor talking with fellow bass brothers Wink. We'll now since you know a little about me let the posting begin Razz. Take care, and I really appreciate it.



P.S. Sorry for the long novel of a first time Red Face
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Hello Tre,

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Hey Tre,

Well, I'm not a abass, I sing lead. My son though, sings bass. I raised him and I schooled him some, so I feel qualified to write this. Wink

What style music are you interested in, for one. This will give me a little insight.

First and most important, become a good singer. Singing low comes later. 14 is pretty young to expect too much for depth. You DONT want to push your range either. If you work your upper range, your lower range will improve dramatically. Work on the upper end more so than lower.

If you are going to sing low, just sing what is comfortable for you, no pushing the limits.

A good vocal coach would be nice. Then again, most people wouldnt know a good vocal coach from a bad one.

Fill me in on what you can. Here's our website, There should be a few clips there to listen too. This will give you an idea of what we do.
Howdy Tre, This is Ernie terTelgte. I'm a bass singer myself. My voice began to change at about 14 as well and by 17 I was holding the bass section by myself. At 25 I was doing Richard Sturbin, ( Oakridge Boys )El Vira. Never had a lick of training. At 46 I can barely read music. So I would say your best bet would be to study, study, study. And sing, sing, sing! The ability to sing at all, is a huge gift, do it with all your heart! The group "Accounted For" is a quartet I have yet to have the honor to meet, even tho' they live here in Montana,too. I have spoken to them on the phone, and I am sure that any advice they give to you will be wonderful! If you wuold care to know more about me, please check out "Extreme Bass singer" in the Bose chat room. Then, if you'd like, post any comments or questions, & I'll do my best to answer you. I do not consider myself to be an accomplished singer of any kind, as my life has been purely spent as a common laborer, with virtually no training of any kind. Indeed, you are probably far beyond me already! Just remember that along your way, you may meet nay-sayers; LET NONE STOP YOU! You are your only limit. So, Welcome, jr. Bass bro., you are not alone! Sincerely your's, E.W.ter Telgte

A good voice teacher will help you. When you want to sing low, think high. Don't push anything; let your voice use its natural strength. If you feel it is not strong enough, then exercise it by singing for 30 minutes a day. Believe it or not, working on your high notes will also help your lower register.

As for the connection to the Bose L1, you will find that amplification with the L1 will give you a big boost. With the advent of the microphone singer in the early 1900s (Bing Crosby, for example), singers found that they could back off and sing lightly and not be concerned about making enough volume for the entire room.

I find this helpful when I am sing very low notes (like on a Johnny Cash song). I get very close to the mic and let the system give me the help I need. Classical singer might consider this cheating, but it is the reality of today. Bose L1 will help you make the crisp, clear tones.

One more note: if you want to sing bass, get used to singing bass intervals.


I grew-up thinking that the only talent I have was the ability to recognize the talent I didn’t have. Or so I thought. Somewhere around the age of fourteen I became musically aware. This was the time in my life when music was suddenly important to me. Lyrics of a song were now on a personal level of true meaning. Something in music had caught my attention. As with most kids that age I attempted to sing along to the radio…I sounded awful as can be imagined. No matter how hard I tried, it just wasn’t there! Jumping ahead a few years I found myself with a greater interest in music as myself and a few other guys formed a garage band. In the talent department we were all pretty much the same as we fumbled through the songs. Needless to say we didn’t get too far. Years went by and my musical interest was still there. It took me a long time to realize that what I was singing in each song was the lead voice. I also realized that no matter what I did, I could not stay on key or replicate the lead voice. My biggest mistake was realized… I never was nor will I ever be a “lead singer”. But my desire was still there to sing “something”. I started listening to other “speaking “voices. I noticed that each was uniquely different. I listened to mine as I spoke and experimented with changing the voice. What it boiled down to is that I had a “natural” Bass sound each time I spoke. In all, this was the voice I was given. Somewhere along the line I started listening to “Doo-Wop songs. These songs were most popular in the late 1950s and early 60s. They consisted of many unique harmonies all of which includes a Bass part. As I listened, I pretty much ignored the lead and focused only on the Bass. It was at this time that something clicked in my brain. As the song played I sang. I was for the first time right were I wanted to be. With the help of a lyric sheet I would mark in red where the Bass was to be according to the song. Most of the songs used the Bass line in the choirs and also the “ooos and ahhs.” of the song. There are also Doo-Wop songs that display a Bass lead. A good example of Bass chorus and lead Bass Is “Blue Moon “by The Macels. In this song you hear it all and it’s one of the best examples of Bass singing you will ever hear. If you can sing this song, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a true Bassman. Another great Bass line is in “Elvira” by The Oakridge Boys. Give it a listen also.

Cutting to the chase…In order to sing anything your voice must be relaxed… You must be comfortable. And you must stay within your vocal range. In the beginning and as I look back, my throat would tighten to the point where I could barely speak let alone sing. Most would call this “stage fright”. Many potential artists never get over this, but with vocal practice there comes confidence. The key point in learning Bass singing is how you approach what you’re trying to accomplish. As for me…Well I couldn’t tell you if a song was in the key of C or any other. I am not musically inclined at all except for what little I can do. In learning Bass I looked at it this way. I pictured the song to be a river. I then pictured myself as a boat wishing to on that river. I allowed the river to take me where it wanted to go. Thus my ear and mind became one allowing me to navigate that boat from up and down and side to side. In your boat you will also have other shipmates (singers). Know your crew well and let them know you. Each singer has the ability to pull the other along with a little practice. This helped me along and maybe it will work for you?
hello Tre.
I am 17 as a bass singer. I sing for high school chamber chior and for my adult church chior. I am decently experienced for a teen, but I can tell you that my range for a bass exceeds the range of many teenagers. I can sing up to an G above treble cleff and at least a C two octaves below the bass staff. I can usually go much lower than that. you just really have to stretch your range not just high and not just low but both. go as high and as low as you can one day and try to do half a step better on both ends the next day. its like doing push-ups for exercising. do one more each day to get stronger. do the same with singing to get a better range. i was able to sing very low notes probably just out of elementary school. i kno for a fact that i am the lowest singer out of my entire school. just keep practicing and you will get to it.

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