Hello Karen, thank you for your email regarding your voice. I feel others will benefit from your question.
What can I do to avoid getting hoarse, on the days I practice the vocal sessions you gave me?
Karen, Warm up your voice before your practice session each day so that you begin with your best voice pitch. Use easy humming to glide up and down. Try, starting low to high going until you hear your voice break, and then back down one note, for finding your feminine pitch (down one, maybe two notes while humming from where your voice breaks) — Me Me Me– Mum Mum Mum moving up one note when you complete the series and try a higher note for the next series, and repeat as you move gently taking a breath whenever you need to. This way, you will gradually and gently stretch your vocal folds. The more your vocal cords are stretched, the more feminine your voice will sound.. Karen, it sounds as if you’re trying to hard. Remember, we discussed only doing 10 minutes at a time, so you’re throat does not begin to hurt. Try this easy tip.
As you hum, put your hands over your face and notice vibrations in the front of your face, and keep your throat relaxed for your warm up exercises. Next, repeat the same sequence using “mum” or “num” or “me.” Notice the vibrations in the front of your face. Next, try gently speaking sentences that have lots of “m” words (Meet me on Monday). Me Me Me is my favorite exercise for the beginning new Transgendered Woman. Again, feel the vibrations of the front of your face. Finally, say some everyday phrases using the same easy sentences or phrases. Your goal is to use this easy vocal exercise for a few minutes throughout the day.
Watch my website, FemImage, as I will have my new Voice CD out soon. It is ideal for the beginner TG or for anyone who just has not been able to speak in a feminine voice. Denae