In this weeks session, taking place on 26th June at London GIC. It’s basically a revision or recap, an opportunity to backtrack on skills I’ve previously acquired/learnt or in my case did but forgotten….
Then try to refine them. Iron-out troubled areas etc.
Do a little test and check what I’m doing is right for me and that I’m comfortable.
Quick refresher with some intoning and speaking exercise..
Mmmmmm, ma-, ma-, ma-, ma-, ma-
then add a vowel…
Mmmmmm, mu-, mu-, mu-, mu-, mu-
Later I’m asked to take a little test. Strap on the monitors and record some waves, just to confirm my voice is stable.
Mon-nn-day, TuuUes-day, Wed-nes-day…..
One, Tow, Three, Four, Five…
A few minutes later, he’s confirmed my home pitch is bang on 198 hz, highs rising above 241 hz.
For the first time, we spent a little time talking what will happen when these sessions end.. and what’s expected of me. Here I was thinking there be many more opportunities to learn more. An appointment is created for the following month.
Listen to all the recordings we’ve made and practice, practice, practice…
Initially when I started I only practiced around thirty minutes each day, now I’m practicing more and I’ve been reading aloud from whatever book/journal or magazine I happen to have at hand. Just to great uses to my voice..
On my way home…
It seems I’ve become a regular visitor to London and every-time I go, the travelling experience is about the same, the exception are the occasional hiccup as I encounter the uncouth people on the way back. Usually it’s someone who’s decided to steal my seat. Yes, it’s my seat, I’ve reserved it, therefore I’m gonna fight you for it. I don’t care if you think I’m rude, my ticket says that’s mine.. FUCK OFF!
Other times I get to meet super hyper active kids who’s parents have dossed them with excessive amounts of sugars either from tons of sweets, unhealthy sodas or bad diets or just additives. OMFG. Shut up and stop kicking me!! I’m tired and wanna sleep – I feel like I wanna kick them back with my boots but they’re only sprogs…
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.