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  •  I once did a collection of very short pieces... (32+ / 0-)

    ...called Slices.  The following was part of that:

    Slices:

    The Voice Thing
    I normally try to stay out of voice discussions.  Those who have met me probably know why.  I started out with a bass...I could do a reasonable impression of Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers doing "Old Man River."  

    I did some work on my voice via singing along with a woman vocalist.  But one has to be reasonable.  I could not try to sing along with Kate Bush.  There is no way I could possibly do that. I tried Grace Slick.  I tried Janis Joplin.  Finally I settled on Ferron (a lesbian folk singer, for those who haven't heard of her).  I matched my pitch with hers.  I tried to sing without feeling any vibration from my chest.  She has a deep voice, as do many women.  I'm a teacher...if I tried to make my voice any higher than that, I lost too much volume.  A teacher needs a certain volume.

    The second part of changing one's voice usually involves changing inflection, modulation, etc (as is talked about in the "Speaking as a Woman" tape that someone gave me once...I eventually donated it to the Ingersoll Center in Seattle).  I watched the tape.  I thought to myself, "What a bunch of stereotypes!"  Women say it this way.  Women do this.  Women do that.  I thought it was a bunch of crap, really.

    Why not try the following?  "It is my voice.  I am a woman.  So it is a woman's voice."

    •  I love Ferron. Need to find some of her music (2+ / 0-)
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      rserven, The Marti

      on CD or mp3 - I only have tapes and no tape player...

      I love to sing also, and am having some vocal issues.  I'm not by any means a professional, but I sing in a very good choir at my UU church.  Losing my voice for singing would be huge - so I can apprciate to some extent what Griffin went through to find the "right" voice.

      BTW, we have a couple of women - not trans - who sing tenor in the choir.  No-one seems to care that they aren't "men".

      Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts. -Leo Rosten, author (1908-1997)

      by Spirit of Life on Wed May 22, 2013 at 09:37:52 AM PDT

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