Tips on Training your Female Voice Range
Transgender MTF Voice Training
Created February 09, 2009
There is a course or two out there for voice training, but its not cheap to buy those. As such I thought I'd share a few things about voice training and speaking as a female even after testosterone has made your voices natural range deep and masculine sounding.
My 1st suggestion involves first asking you if you sing ever? if you sing at all, try singing in a falsetto a little. Then place a sauce pan near your face as you sing to bounce your voice back at you. The echo in the pan is how your voice sounds to others. After a while, when your voice sounds feminine in the echo, adapt that to a talking voice.
If you have a hand mirror, get it and a glass of water. I'm going to show you in your mirror a trick to learning about your feminie voice by first learning about your present voice. Put the mirror at an angle so that as you swallow you can watch the bump in your throat known as the voice box. Watch it move as you swallow ... and pay close attention to the feel in your throat of how the muscles move when you swallow. This is the first step to understanding the voice box. Did you see the bump move up in throat as you swallowed? If done properly you should see it raise upward slightly in your throat as you swallow the water.
This all may sound silly, but those same throat muscles that moved the bump as you swallowed are what help you speak in the higher pitch as a genetic female would have. They control the vocal folds in the voice box. A male's voicebox drops due to their testosterone, to appear as a bump in the throat. But, those same vocal folds can be made to make higher resonances in a feminine pitch by exercising those muscles. When you achieve control over those muscles your bump raises temporarily in your throat to almost disappear as you talk in your feminine voice range.
I'm teaching you a method most dont know how to do, till, or unless taught by someone like a voice coach or voice teacher. I had a voice coach who taught me to do this for singing in a mezzo soprano range near the end of my singing lessons during a 4 year schooling at a professional singers training school. I am a tenor normally .. and this worked to make it also possible for me to speak in a proper female voice when I choose to do so.
Now that you have learned of those muscles around the voice box, lets go more in depth to understanding the voice box itself. In a female's voice the voice boxes vocal flaps are thinner and tighter so the voice resonates at a higher pitch naturally. In the male voice box the vocal flaps are longer and thicker and resonate at a deeper pitch in the male voice range. However, this can be controlled. It might surprise you to learn that those same muscles you felt in your throat as you drank water in front of a mirror can lift the voice box at your contol up to that higher position temporarily. When this occurs, the vocal flaps thin out and tighten temporarily to resonate at a higher pitch naturally when you speak. This is your female voice range, which even a male voice has. Surprise! Surprise! You never truly lost that childhood higher pitched almost female sounding voice you once had. Testosterone may have at puberty moved the vocal folds to make your voice resonate deeper as a male, but you still have the childhood voice in your voicebox. It just takes re-learning where your voice was as a child to get it back as a usable female voice range.
Another thing is, female's talk in a way that uses the tounge differently and the pallate (upper part of mouth) as well. The male resonance vibrates more on the tounge than the female voice does when talking and the pallate is hardly given and vibratory resonance. The female voice being at a higer pitch will use the pallate and it will tend to vibrate due to the higher pitch and resonance as you talk. The palatte is the part of the upper mouth area that just touches the back of the upper mouth area where it is soft and you can feel it with your finger. It is just between the hard part of upper mouth and the top of throat. One good way to feel that resonance in the two voice ranges is saying the two words "UH HUH" as you touch that area with a finger. Very little vibration is felt there in the male voice range, but an easily discernable vibratory difference is felt in the female voice range.