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The Chicken Neck Exercise for Reducing Vocal Weight

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The Chicken Neck Exercise

Hey there! Are you ready to discover a fantastic technique for achieving lightness in your feminine voice? Voice feminization is an essential part of many transgender individuals' journeys, and voice lightening exercises can play a significant role in this process. In this blog post, we'll dive into one particular exercise that's sure to bring a smile to your face: The Chicken Neck Exercise. Let's get into it and see if this exercise brings you some gender euphoria!

Understanding Voice Lightening

Okay, let's start with the basics. During an exogenous, testosterone-dominant puberty, testosterone exposure can lead to thicker vocal folds, resulting in a thicker (or heavier or buzzier) and more masculine voice. But fear not! Voice lightening exercises are here to save the day! These exercises aim to reduce that thickness and help you achieve a lighter and more feminine sound. Pretty cool, right?

The Chicken Neck Exercise

Alright, let's cluck our way into The Chicken Neck exercise. Don't worry; no actual chickens are involved! Here's how it goes:

1. Picture this: you're pulling your chin back. This action naturally compresses your vocal folds, and you might notice your voice sounding a bit thicker or buzzier. But don't worry, we're just getting started!

2. Now, keep your chest still and push your head forward gently. Imagine yourself doing a chicken-like neck movement. You got it? Good! This motion elongates your vocal folds, resulting in a lighter and more feminine sound. Can you hear the difference?

3. Now comes the fun part: Once you hear the desired lightness in your voice when you're in that stretched position, try and return to neutral but maintain the feeling in your voice when speaking. See if you're able to say a few words or short phrases lighter than you were before.

Benefits and Application

Now, let's talk about why The Chicken Neck exercise is so egg-cellent for trans voice feminization:

1. Effortlessly Achieving Results: Unlike some other exercises that demand a lot of effort, The Chicken Neck exercise offers fantastic results with minimal physical exertion. It's perfect for those at any stage of their voice feminization journey.

2. Sensation and Muscle Memory: The exercise helps you become more aware of the sensations involved in producing a lighter voice. It's like training your vocal muscles to remember this new, fabulous way of sounding. Pretty nifty, huh?


You've just cracked the surface of voice lightening exercises, with The Chicken Neck exercise leading the way! Remember, this exercise won't magically transform your voice overnight, but it's a fantastic tool for building awareness and understanding the qualities you're aiming for.

If you found The Chicken Neck exercise egg-ceptional, I'd love for you to explore the vocal weight toolbox in my course, Mindful Voice Feminization. And hey, I'd also appreciate your input! Should I release smaller, more affordable modules? Let me know your thoughts in the comments on TikTok, Instagram, or YouTube.

So, let's spread our wings and embrace the power of voice lightening exercises together. Your authentic voice deserves to be heard, appreciated, and respected. Get clucking, my friend, and let your true voice shine bright!

Hi, I'm Renée! (they/them)

I'm a queer, nonbinary, and disabled singer, songwriter and gender-affirming voice teacher. 

I've been a voice teacher for over twelve years, I have four full-length albums out, and I have degrees in physics, jazz, and songwriting.

I love creating, I love figuring things out, but most of all, I love helping people.

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