Yesterday, April 24th was my second voice therapy session here in London with the awesome voice coach, we’re kinda a perfect match. He’s a former actor and I love to singing 😉
The session started with the usual meet ‘n’ greet followed by some updates about what’s been happening since we last met, he made some notes to update my file then without much else to do my session started almost instantly. Firstly with some simple exercises to warm up my voice. Start with straight humming for about five seconds, using the “mmmmm” sound, at approximately 190hz, We choice the later to concentrate on cause his is the frequency I’m most comfortable for my me and my voice.
Followed by intoning voice exercises.
First time was for warning up, second time it’s monitored.. and recorded
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Mmmmmm, ma-, ma-, ma-, ma-, ma-
then add a vowel…
Mmmmmm, me-, me-, me-, me-, me-
Mmmmmm, mu-, mu-, mu-, mu-, mu-
Mmmmmm, mai-, mai-, mai-, mai-, mai-
Mmmmmm, ma-, ma-, ma-, ma-, ma-
The monitoring sensor was attached to my neck allowing their software to record whatever I’m saying and measures it’s frequencies, creates a fancy waveform detailing the pitch and frequencies at any given time-frame, it essentially informs me that my voice peaks at 219 hz with space to go higher, which is apparently very, very good!! We later tried intoning at 175hz (which is a typical pitch for someone in their 30’s). For the most part this was achievable but I did struggled with the lower pitches, my voice simply crackles, sounding rough and feels rather comfortable, almost like I have a sore throat… So we raised it back to 190 hz, here I’m much more comfortable, allowing for a broader, more varied tones when pronouncing certain syllables
Intoned: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 pause
Speaking: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 pause 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 etc..
I have noticed that I’m actually over thinking whenever I switch between from intoning to speaking…
I don’t sound relaxed enough.. I sound ever so slight tense!! 🙁
Intoned: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, pause
Speaking: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
Nope, still not getting uses to hearing my voice, regardless of what tone or pitch I’m using.
I got given homework!!
Practice everything we learnt in session at least 3 times per week, intone & speak upto 50
…best to do a little than alot.
About Matthew Mills
Lead Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at the Gender Identity Clinic, London
Matthew Mills BA (Hons) MSc AGSM LTCL Mus Ed cert. MRCSLT Reg.HCPC
Matthew is Lead Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (Transgender Voice and Communication) at the Gender Identity Clinic, London where he has worked since 2009. He is also a voice coach and musician and teaches actors at voice coaches at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, London. He teaches speech and language therapy students at the University of Greenwich. He originally trained as an actor and singer at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and worked in theatre film and television for 15 years.