Have you ever considered vocal masculinization training? Wondering if you can masculinize your voice? You can! We are dedicated to spreading the word, and we hope this information will help clear up any questions or concerns.
Will testosterone lower my voice?
That is a question many of our clients ask. The answer is most likely yes, but the changes from testosterone alone may not be everything you were hoping for. Some trans masculine people choose to supplement hormone replacement therapy with voice training lessons, or voice masculinization therapy. There are a few reasons this may be the case:
- Depth – While the voice may deepen and change in quality, some trans masculine people will want even greater changes. These can be brought out with masculinization voice training by learning greater control and technique for the changing voice.
- Control – Some trans masculine people struggle to control the volume or pitch of their voice, especially when voice changes from testosterone are rapid. Masculine voice training can help figure out new ways to control the voice healthily.
- Musicality – Singing can be especially difficult for the changing trans masculine voice, as singing will feel much different in a lower range. Control of muscles and breath support will also feel different, since the air from the lungs is now flowing through a different size voice box and vocal folds.
Elements of a Masculine Voice
For those that want more results, working with a trans voice coach on vocal masculinization can take you even further. Learning the right voice lowering exercises can help make the most out of your changing voice. Our instructors will work with you on these elements:
(Masculinization) 1st Step – Lower Pitch:
For adult masculine voices, that is pitch in the A2-E3 range (you can check these pitches on a virtual keyboard).
(Masculinization) 2nd Step – Low Voice Box, Open Throat:
Secondly, a masculine vocal tract creates a stronger, darker sound. The objective, therefore, is to lower your voice box and keep your throat opOver time, you can sustain this stronger, darker sound as your new norm.
(Masculinization) 3rd Step – Less Pitch Fluctuation:
This flatter quality of the voice is often thought of as being monotone. Masculine voices tend to have less pitch variation, and with the right voice masculinization exercises it’s possible to master this quality.
(Masculinization) 4th Step – Darker, Rounded Vowels:
Speaking your vowels with more internal space will produce resonance in the chest and less in the head.
(Masculinization) 5th Step – Stronger Consonants:
Stronger consonants to create better distinction between words and sentences. This will help you be understood when your voice no longer has brightness, after masculinization voice training.
(Masculinization) 6th Step – Projection:
Projection means yelling, singing, speaking over other sounds or background noise. With the resonance now being more in your chest and less in your head, it’s important to know how to properly manage the volume of your voice.
(Masculinization) 7th Step – Laughing, Sneezing, and Coughing:
Lastly, we have the finishing touches on masculinization voice training. Relearning how to laugh, sneeze, cough, or cry while maintaining your new resonance can be a daunting task. With the proper masculine voice exercises, it is possible to retrain these sounds more masculine – and we are happy to help!