FTM Voice Training
Will testosterone lower my voice? That is a question many of our clients ask. The answer is most likely yes, but voice change results from testosterone alone may not be everything you were hoping for. For that reason, some trans masculine clients choose to take lessons for FTM voice training, or voice masculinization therapy. There’s a few reasons this may be the case:
- While the voice may change quality and deepen, some trans masculine people will want even greater changes. These can be brought out with FTM voice training by learning greater control and technique for the changing voice.
- 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.
- 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.
For those that want more results, working with a trans vocal coach on FTM voice training 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:
1. Lower pitch in the masculine range
For adult masculine voices, that is pitch in the A2-E3 range (you can check these pitches on a virtual keyboard like this one).
2. Lowering the voice box and opening the throat
A masculine vocal tract creates a stronger, darker sound. Over time, you can sustain this stronger, darker sound as your new norm.
3. Less pitch fluctuation in FTM Voice Training
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.
4. Darker, rounder vowels for FTM Voice Training
Speaking your vowels with more internal space will produce resonance in the chest and less in the head.
5. Stronger consonants
Stronger consonants to create better distinction between words and sentences. This sound will help you be understood when your voice no longer has brightness, after an FTM voice transition.
6. Projection with your new masculine voice
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. With the right voice masculinization exercises, this can be done!
7. Laughing, sneezing, coughing, etc.
The finishing touches on FTM 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!