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This article lists resources and guides to help you achieve voice feminization. Vocal feminization is difficult to master on your own and may take a great deal of practice and training to achieve optimal results. There are countless resources available on the web that will help you master your feminine voice, as well as communities of people that are willing to give feedback and help diagnose any problems you run into during your training. It's also recommended that you utilize a voice recording app whilst training. Listening back to your own voice is important when looking for problems to fix.
Check out r/TransVoice to find more resources, or you can upload a video/audio file and ask for feedback. You can use Vocaroo, a free online audio recorder, to share audio files with the community for such feedback.
The first step to voice training is to strengthen your larynx. The larynx, otherwise known as the "voice box", is an organ that houses the vocal cords. It's responsible for manipulating the pitch and volume of one's voice, but also helps control resonance in higher frequencies. Resonance is the most important part of vocal training, as a high pitch and low resonance is more often read as male, while a low pitch and high resonance can be read as female (see the video below for an example). It's important that you learn the difference between resonance and pitch, as this will help you diagnose future problems you may run into during your training.
This video gives very detailed information on how to tell the difference between pitch and resonance. It's recommended that you come back to this video multiple times during your training process in order to teach your ears how to differentiate between the two.
Most people know how to change their pitch with ease, but resonance control can be extremely difficult to grasp for newcomers not experienced with voice manipulation or training. How does one strengthen their larynx? The next section will touch on a few exercises one can utilize to help with this.
Larynx training exercises
While utilizing these exercises, it's recommended that you occasionally place your fingers lightly over your adam's apple to feel it's position. Don't push hard on it and don't use your fingers to hold it in place as this can be damaging.
Big Dog, Little Dog
This exercise is simple and very effective in helping one visualize the difference between their low and high resonance. The exercise goes as such:
- Step 1: Pant like a very big dog. This is done by lowering the larynx and creating a wide, open space in the back of your throat. Make a "haw" noise as you exhale, much like a dog would. Try to avoid making a "heh" or "hih" sound.
- Step 2: Pant like a very small dog by raising your larynx and closing the amount space in the back of your throat.
- Step 3: While panting like a small dog, try transitioning from a panting "haw" noise to an "aah" noise, while simultaneously adding tone and pitch in to make it sound like you're singing or speaking.
- Step 4: Go from the "aah" tone to speaking a phrase whilst maintaining the resonance and larynx position from the small dog exercise. You can read an excerpt from a book or webpage, find a random phrase generator online and speak them out loud, or use this video from TransVoiceLessons and her practice phrases.
- Step 5: Try working your way from the big dog to the little dog by starting from the big dog pant and working your way upwards into a small dog pant. This will help you gain more control of your larynx and moving it on command whilst making sounds.
- Step 6: Drink water! Staying hydrated is extremely important while vocal training.
- Step 7: PRACTICE! Keep utilizing this exercise until you've memorized where your larynx should be and what it feels like to hold it there. If you ever need to do a voice reset, it can help to quietly pant like a small dog and hold your larynx in that position while you transition back to talking.
This exercise is not entirely recommended, as it has a potential to train your voice incorrectly. The act of swallowing and holding your larynx in position doesn't accurately give you an idea of what it feels like to hold your larynx up whilst speaking naturally because swallowing inhibits your ability to vocalize or use your tongue properly. Nonetheless, this is still a viable exercise when used primarily as a way to strengthen these muscles, like lifting weights for your larynx.
- Step 1: Lightly place two fingers on your larynx, one above and one below the bump. Don't push hard and don't use your fingers to hold your larynx in place, they are only there as a guide.
- Step 2: Swallow. You should feel your larynx jump upwards in the middle of the swallow.
- Step 3: Take a breath and swallow again, but this time hold the swallow half way through, while your larynx is raised. You won't be able to speak or breathe during this, that's fine. It may also feel like you are pushing your tongue against your mouth in order to hold this position. Although not entirely possible while swallowing, try to relax and avoid doing so as much as possible as this is not a part of proper vocal feminization. You obviously use your tongue while you're speaking and it doesn't lock up like it does while you're holding a swallow.
- Step 4: Hold your swallow mid-way for 10-15 seconds and then release.
- Step 5: Rinse and repeat. This exercise can be done many times a day and is easy to do silently while you're working, reading, etc. You'll start to "feel the burn" as you practice it, much like you would when you're training any other muscle in your body. Avoid overdoing it, though, because there's a chance you can damage your voice by tiring the muscles out too much to the point where it hurts. Stop before it becomes painful.
Important reminders for fast, easy vocal feminization
- Drink water! It's critical that you stay hydrated during your vocal training. Drinking tea (we like the Throat Coat tea!) with honey can help your voice recover after long training sessions.
- Do regular voice resets. Some people experience mental blocks when it comes to utilizing their new voice in front of others, especially around those that have heard and know you by your old voice. Remember that your old voice is not your voice anymore and doesn't properly reflect who you are now. Remain conscious of any slips into your old voice and do regular voice resets to bring it back to where it should be.
- Find friends/a coach to help you when you slip. If you talk to friends on the regular, ask them if they will assist in your voice training by calling attention to when your voice starts to slip. It can be as simple as having them say "voice reset", messaging you privately or giving a silent signal.
- Avoid using your falsetto voice. Your falsetto voice is the vocal register above your modal voice register. You'll notice that when you sing with an ascending pitch, you eventually reach a point where your voice cracks as you switch to a higher register of your voice and you start to sound more like Mickey Mouse. This is your falsetto voice. Try your hardest to stay out of this vocal register while training your voice.
- DO NOT USE THIS AS YOUR ONLY GUIDE! There are so many other wonderful resources available to you out there, written or created by extremely talented and lovely people that know more than any other guide you might be seeing on the internet. We highly recommend you continue pursuing your knowledge of voice training even further. Continue watching TransVoiceLessons, seek actual in-person lessons if you must and most importantly KEEP PRACTICING AND LEARNING! Don't build a weak foundation for your voice by learning the bare minimum and trying to make it work from there.
Vocal training guides and references
The following links will take you to helpful guides to follow to help feminize your voice. Many of the tips listed on this website are present in these guides as well, as they are fundamental in building larynx control and mastering the art of vocal feminization.
There are mobile apps available to use for vocal training assistance. You can find some of them by searching "trans voice" in your respective app store. One of our favorites is called "Voice Tools: Pitch, Tone, & Volume" and is available on the Google Play store. Keep in mind, however, that many of these apps track pitch, tone, and/or volume, not your resonance. Many people who utilize these tool are initially confused when their voices are read in the female range by the app, but they are still struggling to sound female to other people. It does help to know where to place your pitch, but this can be saved for later on in your training after achieving the correct resonance.
One of the most helpful tools to utilize is a voice recording app. The Voice Tools app above has one built in, with an option to change the length of the recordings. It offers you sample phrases to say whilst you train and a playback button to replay the audio recorded from your phone while using the app. Listening back to your voice is a crucial step in voice training, otherwise you may not realize what you're doing wrong or what to work on.
Here is a list of more helpful apps:
- Christella VoiceUp - Feminize your voice (Google Play)
- Praat: doing phonetics by computer (Mac and Windows)
- Audacity - Voice recording (Windows, Mac, and Linux)
This sections lists some of the most helpful videos to watch when it comes to vocal training. Some feature their own unique exercises and/or explain the science behind voice feminization.