|Having spent thousands of dollars on other voice therapists I can attest to Kathe’s approach, methodology and results. While other voice therapists might at most give you a photocopied handout and various exercises to do between sessions, you are not provided any metrics to gauge progress and measure success. Kathe impressed me with the use of tuners and providing an audio recording of each training session. I was able to use these recordings of our sessions in the car to practice as I drove to and from work every day, immensely helping me get to the voice I always wanted. I never had to wonder if I was close to the right pitch or if my resonance was off – I had the recordings right at my finger tips to replay over and over until the “homework” became second nature – or in technical terms, I became aware of my voice both metacognitively and proprioceptively.While there are so many issues with presenting a presentable female persona in public, the biggest giveaway is your voice. Kathe’s methods and techniques have moved my transition to places I never thought I could achieve! I HIGHLY recommend Kathe to anyone serious about improving her voice! Kathe changes lives!
Rebekah, Atlanta, Georgia (USA)
Voice Feminization for MtF Transgender Women
Our voices—the primary means of expression in our fast-paced verbally ubiquitous lives. The voices on the radio. The voices on TV. The voices in our heads.
In order for there to be sound, the vocal folds vibrate and phonation (voicing) occurs. To achieve this sound air must travel upward from the lungs through the opening of the larynx called the glottis. Once the vocal folds have been set into motion by this air stream, the sound is modified by chambers of the throat and mouth, creating resonance frequencies. The size of the chambers directly affects these frequencies. The bigger the size, the deeper (or lower) the formant frequencies. We call these deep resonant overtones. The genetic female has a smaller mouth and throat and therefore does not have that deep rumble that you hear in most genetic male voices. These chambers place a very important role in the perception of the timbre of the voice—whether it’s perceived as a rich, or nasal or thin voice. The articulators (tongue, lips, jaw, and soft palate) shape the sound into recognizable speech. Then it’s the prosodic features (speaking rate, inflection, pauses) which make your speaking style uniquely your own. In training your feminine voice, all five components must be included.
We’ll focus on pitch level and breathing. The warm-up is divided into four sections.
It’s important to learn to feel the movement of your belly when you speak. It is your skill and control of airflow that will eventually give you an exceptional feminine voice. Begin by placing a hand on your chest and a hand on your belly. Imagine a candle about six inches out in front of you—about the length of the tip of your thumb (placed on your chin) to end of your stretched index finger. As you pull your belly in, blow out. Imagine that the flame of the candle flickers a bit.
Anchoring Breath Exercise
Finding your correct pitch
This might seem difficult at first, but it’s absolutely achievable! It requires that you develop your sense perceptions so that you can both hear and feel the correct pitch. I encourage TS and CD women to purchase an electronic chromatic tuner (like someone who would tune their guitar would use). It is a simple and inexpensive tuner (I suggest the BOSS TU 80). With it, you can determine your pitch accuracy for isolated vocal sounds, words, phrases and conversation. It’s important that you set the tuner for the key of C. Then vocalize or speak so the note reads somewhere around A3, which is about 220 Hz.
These excercises (and more) are provided for you in our 30 Day Crash Course Program
Habits are Thoughtless Repetitive Actions
What are you going to do today–right now–to discover your true voice!
Your action plan
How will you get from where you are today to where you want to be?
“Here in Spain transsexual women have few avaliable resources for voice therapy, and what is available is with speech pathologists who have with very little experience with voice feminization. Their programs are not as complete as the one offered by Kathe Perez and any single consultation costs around 60 euros to the patient two times per week for a period of normally one year and a half to two years to achieve some positive results. Fundamental factors such as Resonance or Transfer are not addressed in these programs, with many people disappointed by them. So by my own experience, I highly recommend Kathe Perez’s Voice Feminization Program, there is not another like it.”Charlotte, from Spain.