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This article explores techniques to achieve vocal masculinization for transgender men who are not utilizing testosterone hormone therapy. While Testosterone significantly impacts vocal physiology, behavioral modifications can effectively promote a significant masculine vocal presentation as well. 

The Components of Voice Masculinization for Trans Men

  • Pitch: While pitch is a factor, individuals with slightly higher pitches can still sound masculine by employing other techniques. A trans man might have a naturally higher-pitched speaking voice, however, by focusing on resonance, inflection, and articulation, his voice can still be perceived as very masculine. Think of actors like Michael Cera or Jesse Eisenberg — they don’t possess particularly deep voices, yet their delivery reads as masculine.

  • Resonance: Masculine voices demonstrate deeper chest resonance compared to head resonance, which is brighter and often perceived as more feminine. Imagine listening to two voices with the same pitch. One sounds “buzzy” or focused in the front of the face, the other sounds deeper, with vibrations felt more in the chest. The latter will likely be perceived as more masculine, illustrating the power of resonance.

  • Inflection: Men’s speech patterns generally exhibit less pitch variation within sentences, employing a flatter intonation pattern. Think of the stereotypical “valley girl” accent with its exaggerated rises in pitch at the end of statements (“It was, like, totally amazing?”). A flatter, more monotone delivery is typically associated with masculinity (“That was pretty cool.”).

  • Articulation: Clear enunciation and slightly forward placement of speech sounds can contribute to a masculine vocal quality. Two people can say the same phrase with a notable difference in perceived gender. One might enunciate clearly while forming sounds slightly forward (“This coffee is excellent”), while the other has a softer, less distinct way of speaking (“This coffee is really good”). The former will likely sound more masculine.

Trans Masc Voice Exercises and Techniques

  • Diaphragmatic Breathing: Deep breathing powered by the diaphragm provides enhanced vocal control and support. Practices focusing on deep inhalation that expands the belly, not the chest. Eg. Place your hand on your belly. On your next inhale, try to make your hand rise while your chest stays relatively still. On the exhale, your belly should fall as you push the air out. This ensures you’re engaging the diaphragm for powerful, controlled breaths.

  • Relaxing the Throat: Tension in the larynx can elevate pitch, techniques such as gentle massage and exaggerated yawning encourage a lower laryngeal position for deeper resonance. Eg. With your fingertips, very gently massage the sides of your throat in a downward motion. Follow this up by letting out a big, exaggerated yawn while making a sighing sound — this helps drop the larynx into a relaxed, lower position.

  • Tongue Placement: Experimenting with a flat, slightly forward tongue position influences resonance and can promote a deeper, more masculine sound. Eg. Say the word “key.” Notice how your tongue rises towards the roof of your mouth. Now, say “calm” and feel how your tongue stays lower and flatter. Experimenting with this slight forward position in your everyday speech can add depth to your voice.

  • “Humming Down” Exercise: Humming from a comfortable pitch, gradually sliding as low as possible without strain, and then returning to the starting pitch, expands vocal range and flexibility. 

  • Speech Inflection Modification: Consciously practicing reduced pitch variation and flatter intonation patterns can contribute significantly to a masculine speech delivery. Eg. Pick a short sentence like, “I’m going to the store.” Try saying it with emphasis on different words (“I’m going…” then “I’m going”… ). Now, say it with minimal changes in pitch, keeping it very steady and monotone. This flatter delivery sounds more typically masculine.

Ready to elevate your voice? Master advanced resonance techniques for a truly authentic and expressive feminine/ masculine voice. Book a session using the link below and embark on your personalized voice training journey today!

Kylie, your dedicated Trans Voice Coach


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