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πŸ¦‡ Antumbra πŸͺ

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Socdem. Atheist. PCA stroke survivor. Pro-GMOs, vaccines, nuclear power, cats. In grad school studying speech-language pathology.

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I think that's all I have for now! I'll come back once I've taken my full voice class. I hope this was helpful for a few people out there. Remember: if you love your voice, don't wanna change, that's awesome. Stay awesome. End!

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Deep, calm breathing and stretches that help to relax your body will also relax your larynx. A relaxed larynx can do so much more than a strained, sore one. Be kind to it! 20/x

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HOWEVER! If you wear a chest binder, keep in mind how that affects your respiration, especially if you want to have a big, deep, and dark resonance in your chest. Binders can constrict your chest. So, just make sure to rest often if you wear a binder. 19/x

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Remember your breath: breathe in, the stomach goes out. Breathe out, the stomach goes in. SO important for maintaining a good, strong voice. However! 18/x

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Not to mention how we can change our intonation by stressing parts of words, using a staccato delivery, or even glottal fry (which is more about respiratory support). Now, onto that... 17/x

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Other things we do that we associate with more 'fem' and 'masc' voices:
Fem: retracted/smiling lips, a 'smaller' mouth, 'high' tongue.
Masc: round lips, 'bigger' mouth, 'low' tongue.
We change our voices by changing the amount/shape of space voice resonates. 16/x

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But there's more to it than pitch and resonance. Remember, how we speak is just a learned behavior. Changing your voice to better reflect who you are takes time and lots and LOTS of practice! Like lots. 15/x

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Many people who are on testosterone will find that their voices will deepen to a pitch that is more comfortable for them within 6 months, if not longer. But if they choose, there's always the choice to practice a deeper, darker resonance lower in the chest. 14/x

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The exercise for a deep/dark voice is just like the one for a high/bright voice. Humm at a constant, comfortable note, then count to three, moving the pitch down as you go. One, two, three. 13/x

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I'll get to breath control/laryngeal 'hygiene' in a bit. Let's finish with voice 'deepening.' Again, it's less about pitch and more about resonance. For a more 'masculine'-perceived voice, you need to practice deep resonance/vibration in the chest and back. 12/x

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You need to take care of that beautiful larynx. Don't strain/overwork it. If it's too harsh on your vocal cords, take a rest, start over from a lower pitch. It takes time! 11/x

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For higher/brighter voice: hum at a comfortable note, making sure to focus the vibration of your voice upper and more foward in your head. Hum and with each breath, increase the note's pitch. 1, 2, 3. Keep practicing and make it higher. STOP if there's strain/it hurts. 10/x

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Let's practice! You need to practice OFTEN. EVERY DAY and where/whenever safe for you. Here are some exercises for adjusting your voice to high/bright or to low/dark: 9/x

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Vocal resonance means where in the body your voice 'vibrates' the most. A brighter, more 'feminine' voice resonates higher in the mouth and nose, whereas a darker, more 'masc' voice resonates in the back and chest. Try it out. 8/x

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