Let’s face it – achieving a passable feminine voice isn’t easy.
But it’s a critical part of your overall image.
Even if you rarely go out in public as a woman, there’s bound to come a time when you have to open your mouth and speak to someone.
Don’t you want to be the whole pretty package? Having a voice that’s congruent with your image is a big part of that.
The first step towards achieving a feminine voice is avoiding these 5 common mistakes:
1. Speaking too deeply
No surprise here, but if your voice is too deep you’re going to be read as male.
How do you know if your voice is too deep? Your best bet is to use a frequency tuner to measure the pitch of your voice:
- Male voices typically range from 100-150 Hz
- Female voices typically range from 175-250 Hz
Here are some free frequency tuner apps you can use on your phone:
2. Speaking in falsetto
Trying to mask a deep voice by speaking in an unnaturally high voice – otherwise known as falsetto – isn’t good, either.
Speaking this way doesn’t make you sound like a woman – it makes you sound like Minnie Mouse.
While you do want to raise the pitch of your voice, you never want to go too high.
If you are self conscious about your voice, then you might try to compensate by speaking more softly.
However, lowering the volume of your voice doesn’t make you sound more feminine – it just makes it impossible to hear you.
4. Upswinging your sentences
Women naturally have more “melodic intonation” to their voices. In other words, they are more animated when they speak.
Some crossdressers and transgender women make the mistake of trying to imitate this by “upswinging” their voices at the end of every sentence.
“Upswinging” can make each sentence sound like a question. All this does is make you sound like a stereotypical Valley Girl – probably not the type of woman you want to emulate.
5. Pinching your voice
One of the reasons that men have deeper, richer voices than women is because they have a larger “throat space.”
If you try to compensate for your deeper voice by constricting your throat, the result will sound pinched. Think Pee Wee Herman or Kermit the Frog – again, not who you want to emulate!
Avoiding these mistakes is the first step towards achieving a passable feminine voice
It’s easy to go wrong in your attempts to feminize your voice.
The good news is that you CAN achieve a passable feminine if you use the right techniques.
I’ll be talking more about voice feminization in future posts. Before I do that, I’d love to understand how important this issue is for you.
Please take my poll below. And as always, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
P.S. Do you want to get the tools and training you need to feminize your voice – starting now? I highly recommend my friend Kathe Perez’s Fundamentals of Your Feminine Voice. This is the classic program that has helped thousands.