Can We Normalize Voice Cracking??Aug 28, 2023
Hey there, it's Renée, your friendly neighbourhood gender-affirming voice teacher, coming at you with a message that might just change the way you think about your voice. Whether you're trans, exploring new vocal horizons, or just curious about your vocal anatomy, I've got something important to share: voice cracking is not the enemy. It's a totally normal part of the journey.
You see, I've had the privilege of working with incredible individuals who are navigating the path of vocal transition. And one thing I've noticed time and time again is the association between voice cracking and the early stages of voice exploration. Let me set the record straight – this connection isn't entirely off-base, but it's led to a misconception that needs a little debunking.
Imagine this: you're learning to play a musical instrument, let's say a guitar. At the beginning, your fingers fumble over the strings, and the chords sound a bit... off. But you don't see those early missteps as failures, do you? You understand that it's part of the learning process, a stepping stone to mastery. Why should your voice be any different? And just like playing an instrument, even when you're a master, you still have rough days.
Voice cracking is to vocal training what those initial guitar chord fumbles are to learning an instrument. It's a sign that you're venturing into new territory, experimenting with your vocal range, and pushing the boundaries of what you once thought was possible. It's not a failure, my friend – it's a badge of courage, a symbol of growth.
Let's talk about the elephant in the room: that fear of voice cracking. I get it, really, I do. It's not just about the sound itself; it's about the fear of being judged, of sounding 'imperfect.' But let me ask you this: who defines perfection when it comes to voices? Have you ever noticed how perfectly polished voices dominate the media we consume? Ever wondered why voice cracks seem to vanish from the airwaves? That's because voice imperfections are edited out completely unless they're left in to illustrate the naivety of youth.
Think about that moment when a teenager's voice squeaks in an adorable, yet slightly awkward, way. It's endearing, right? It's a reminder that youth and growth go hand in hand. But what if I told you that even as adults, voice cracks are completely okay? Yep, even us "masters" of our voices still experience the occasional crack, creak, or squawk.
In one of my videos on mixed voice exercises for voice feminization, you'll notice that my own voice cracks as I'm demonstrating the technique. Did I consider a re-take? Of course, I did. But then it hit me – this was the perfect opportunity to put the spotlight on normalizing voice cracking. After all, why shouldn't we celebrate the imperfections that make us human?
So, here's a challenge for you: next time you're practicing, let go of the fear of your voice cracking. Embrace it as a companion on your journey, a sign that you're evolving, just like that guitarist learning to strum the perfect chords. Imagine a practice session where you intentionally explore the edges of your vocal range, knowing that every squeak and crack is a stepping stone toward a stronger, more confident voice.
I want to hear from you – yes, you! Have you ever felt held back by the fear of your voice cracking? How might your practice change if you could release that fear, even just for a little while? Drop your thoughts in the comments on Instagram or TikTok. Let's start a conversation about reshaping our perspectives on voice cracking.
As you navigate the exciting terrain of your vocal journey, remember this: your voice is unique, it's a work in progress, and it deserves to be celebrated, cracks and all. So, let's banish the stigma around voice cracking together. It's time to embrace the beauty of imperfection and let our voices shine in all their authentic glory.
Until next time, keep experimenting, keep practicing, and keep embracing every twist and turn of your vocal adventure. Remember, it's not just about where you're going – it's about enjoying the ride along the way.