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How To Develop a Female Voice
(Part Two)

by Melanie Anne Philips

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How to Develop a Female Voice
(Part Two)

When I originally wrote the article How To Develop a Female Voice  some years ago, it was at the request of friends in the gender community who kept asking me how I achieved my own results. The article led to a video tape that has become the standard training tape for this subject around the world. It is even used by speech therapists at major universities, and not just for gender folk either! In fact, the tape has become something of bible on male/female speech differences. Well, all this quite surprised me, as I was simply trying to answer questions people had asked me so that they might use the same techniques to arrive at the voice they were trying to achieve.

Since that time, many people have written me with success stories, but a number have also written to say they are having a bit more difficulty using the method. I hate to hear that, especially considering the importance of voice to the image these people want to project. So, I've gone back and tried to offer some different perspectives on the same technique in the hope of making it more accessible to everyone. With that purpose in mind, here is a follow-up article to the original with a new approach:


When trying to develop a female voice, it's not so much a matter of pitch as one of resonance. The trick is that the male voice box is about twice as large in size as the average female voice box. So, deeper harmonics are created around the same pitch. That is why if a woman and a man sing the same note it sounds different. The pitch is the same, but women don't have the low harmonics.

When you speak in falsetto, you tighten all the muscles around your voice box, killing ALL the harmonics. When you speak normally, you relax them all and get all the harmonics, even the low ones. But the muscles that tighten on the voice box are not one set, but can be trained to tighten on the top and stay loose on the bottom. When this is done, the muscles clamp down on half of the voice box, effectively cutting the resonance chamber to half size and deadening the low-end harmonics. This produces an authentic female resonance voice at any pitch.

The hard part is training yourself to clamp down on only one set while keeping the other loose, since all your experience either clamps both or neither. It is a bit like trying to pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time, or perhaps more like learning to walk again after an accident. The brain doesn't know how to do this thing and must stumble around it for some time before the neuro pathways open up and the way to control those muscles "clicks" at a subconscious level. This can take a lot of time!

Those who do cartoon character voices or impressions for fun or have done vocal exercises singing higher harmonies will have an easier time finding the "feel" of what the body has to do. You can guage if you are doing it right by touching the top of your Adam's apple with one hand and the bottom with the other as you speak. Speak normally, both will vibrate. Speak in falsetto, neither will vibrate. If you can get the bottom to vibrate while the top does not, you'll have the voice.

I don't know if it is possible to get the top to vibrate while the bottom doesn't, but I suspect the sound would not be as pleasing as if the portion that vibrates is closer to the chest cavity which produces a pleasing acoustic sound.

Words of warning are that these kinds of vocal exercises can easily strain your voice, especially at first. Don't practice any longer than a minute or two to start. Work your way up slowly to longer periods of time, but never even approach the point at which you might get hoarse. It would be a shame to permanently damage your voice when a little patience could reward you with the voice you've always wanted.

Everyone has the capacity to find this new voice. When the voice breaks at puberty, it is a sign that the voice is not merely lowering as the voice box gets bigger. If that were the case, the resonance would get deeper smoothly. Rather, muscle use around the voice box changes to take advantage of the larger voice box. Until the muscles learn to relax at both the top and the bottom, the voice jumps back and forth between the fully relaxed voice and the half tight/half relaxed voice you are now trying to relearn. The capability is still there and the brain can be taught to remember, but it happened so long ago that it currently has forgotten.

As a visual aid, imagine the voice of a child as having the shape of a capital letter "I" representing the range of pitch in a voice, with high notes toward the top and lower notes toward the bottom. As a female child grows into a woman, the "I" gets longer at the bottom, indicating that in addition to the high notes, even lower ones have now been added to the vocal range.

In contrast, when a male child grows up, it is not just pitch that lowers, but in addition, new low-end harmonics are added. In our visualization, this would appear as if the letter "I" grew an extra arm and became an upside down letter "Y". At the high end, the voices between male and female are almost identical. But as the male voice matures, it jumps back and forth over the hump of the upside down "Y" from one side to the other as that extra arm of low harmonics grows deeper. This is what we hear when the voice breaks at puberty.

Eventually, the male voice settles into the new arm of the "Y" and no longer falls into the old arm at all. So, it still shares the high ground, but is now quite different in normal speaking range. The good news is that the old arm of the original "I" in which grown women still speak is still there. It is just rusty and lost due to years of neglect. The trick, then, is to help the brain find that old arm of the "Y" again and to exercise those forgotten muscle pathways until that voice is once more accessible.

For those who want to switch back and forth, a little practice now and again in the female voice will keep the gears oiled. For those who want to use the new voice all the time, the male-resonance side of the upside down "Y" will eventually be forgotten by the brain, just as the female side was once lost. Under those circumstances, you wake up with the new voice and use it even when startled. In fact, it would take a long period of time to retrain the old voice to come back again - the reverse problem!

Well, that's it in a nutshell - the path to a female voice. But even a female voice is not necessarily FEMININE! To sound like a woman requires the proper resonance, but to sound like a lady require training in Enunciation, Grammar, Vocabulary, Use of Pitch, Dynamic Range, and even Body English to complement vocal patterns. To explore these refinements review my first article on voice on the Web at http://heartcorps.com/journeys/voice.htm. And if you feel a little more help would be useful, you can always order my video or audio class.

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Melanie has created two complete programs for developing
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I hope this helps, and wish you the very best in all you hope to do and be.

Melanie

 

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