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Voice Training for MTF Individuals: How to Feminize Your Voice with Mixed Voice Technique

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MTF: Feminize Your Voice with Mixed Voice Technique

Are you seeking to feminize your voice and tired of experiencing strain when attempting to raise its pitch? As a gender-affirming voice teacher, I understand the challenges you may face during voice feminization training. In this blog post, we will explore an effective technique called "Mixed Voice" to help you achieve a more feminine-sounding voice in a more relaxed way. By blending the qualities of your head and chest voice, you can access a smoother and more comfortable vocal range. So, let's dive into the world of vocal feminization training!

Understanding the Struggle: Head Voice and Chest Voice

As you embark on your voice training journey, you might have encountered a phenomenon known as "pulled chest voice." This occurs when you forcefully raise your speaking pitch into an uncomfortable range before transitioning into your head voice (the higher part of your range, over the "break"). This strained sensation can hinder your progress in achieving a feminine voice.

Enter the Mixed Voice Technique

The Mixed Voice Technique is an excellent approach for individuals looking to feminize their voices. By blending the qualities of your head and chest voice, you can develop a smooth and seamless vocal range, which is really important for expression, especially excitement and joy. This technique is particularly beneficial for MTF (Male to Female) individuals seeking to elevate their pitch without experiencing discomfort.

Exercise: Discovering Your Mixed Voice

Let's get started with an exercise to help you access your mixed voice. Follow along with the video above to hear demonstrations of each of these steps:

  1. Begin by making the "ng" sound, as in the end of the word "sing." - While doing this, try pinching your nose gently; you should notice the sound stopping completely. This indicates that you are on the right track.
  2. Next, let's incorporate some vocal slides. Don't worry about achieving the exact pitches in the video; just do your best to follow along.
  3. Now, add an open-vowel sound at the top. It should sound like "sing-ah"

Congratulations! You have successfully accessed your mixed voice. Save this video and blog post and practice this exercise daily for a week to experience significant improvements in your vocal feminization journey.

MTF Voice Tips and Tricks

While the mixed voice technique is a helpful tool in feminizing your voice, here are some additional tips to help you along the way:

  1. Practice Regularly: Consistency is key when it comes to voice training. Make time for daily exercises to reinforce the progress you've made. Keeping a practice log can help with this. I have created a bunch of free practice log templates that you can access here.
  2. Record Yourself: Use your phone or a recording device to track your progress. Listen to your recordings to identify areas for improvement and celebrate your successes. Celebration is as important as being critical! Maybe more important!
  3. Seek Professional Guidance: Consider working with a gender-affirming voice teacher who can provide personalized feedback and tailored exercises. I have a whole directory of teachers that I have trained to teach trans voice alteration. You might also like my course, Mindful Voice Feminization.
  4. Be Patient and Kind to Yourself: Voice feminization is a journey that takes time and dedication. Embrace the process and celebrate every milestone, no matter how small.

Conclusion

Feminizing your voice is an empowering journey that can lead to increased confidence and gender euphoria. By utilizing the Mixed Voice Technique and incorporating regular practice, you can achieve a smoother, more feminine-sounding voice, that allows you to express yourself freely. Remember to be patient with yourself and celebrate each step forward.

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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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