Androgynous voice training is voice coaching for those wishing to develop a voice that is neither traditionally masculine nor traditionally feminine. There are many types of students that seek a more androgynous voice, including:
- non binary people who want a voice unique to their identity
- trans men or women that want to change their voice, but only to an extent
- cisgender men or women that wish to have a voice that does not conform to traditional gender roles (e.g. a cis woman lowering her voice to sound more authoritative and less feminine)
- Voice actors that wish to play characters of multiple genders
Whatever your reason for wanting an androgynous voice, we are here to help!
Elements of androgynous voice
We can work with you on these elements for androgynous voice:
1) Pitch for androgynous voice training
Masculine and feminine voices actually don’t differ in pitch as much as many people think. In fact, there is actually overlap in the pitch range masculine and feminine voices will often be in. Because of this, you will work most often in the E3-F#3 pitch range for an androgynous sound. Here’s a keyboard for reference.
2) Pitch variation for an androgynous voice
Masculine voices are known for being more monotone, while feminine voices are known for having a lot of pitch variation. To develop a more androgynous voice, you will work on adding or minimizing the pitch variations in your voice until you find the happy medium you are looking for. Most commonly, an androgynous voice will have variations of about a whole step during speech.
3) A new kind of vocal resonance
Generally speaking, masculine voices will feel resonance in the chest while speaking, while feminine voices most often feel resonance in the face. A more ambiguous voice resonance is felt in the mouth and lip area, in the middle of the two extremes. Resonance can be shifted by tweaking how high or low the voice box sits in the throat, what pitch range is used for speaking, and by altering how you shape the space inside of your mouth.
4) Shifting individual sounds in androgynous voice training
As you begin to learn how to control the elements of your voice, it’s important to learn how to alter individual consonant and vowel sounds. This will assure that you are able to change details in your voice that may be interfering with your consistency. Vowels can be modified to sound very different, for example, even when pitch stays the same (e.g. smiling for a brighter “o” sound, or rounding the lips for a darker “ee” sound). Consonants can also be shifted – pronouncing them from further back in the mouth and with more force can add a more masculine flavor to your sound, while pronouncing consonants with less jaw movement and more air can convey a more feminine one.
Here at Your Lessons Now, we understand that not everyone’s goals for an androgynous voice are going to be the same. Working with a voice coach not only gives you the chance to learn healthy voice technique, but also helps to learn control that will allow you to tailor your sound to your unique goals. After all, no one is you-er than you!
Not quite ready to book your first lesson? You can also book a free consultation to discuss your individual goals with a member of our team!