Hey, everyone! It’s Jeff.
I hope you’re doing well. So three years ago I posted this video showing the evolution of my
singing voice from pre testosterone to almost two years on T. And since then, by far,
my most asked question has been: “How do I keep my singing voice on
testosterone?” So today, I’m going to cover my tips and
tricks for singing on T. [ Tops by Lincoln Jesser ] Before we even get started here’s
a little disclaimer: Everybody is different, so every body is going
to react to testosterone differently. I can’t guarantee what’s going to happen to you. I can’t see the future. I mean, it would be pretty cool if I could.
But then again, that would be a lot of pressure. So never mind on that. *laughs* So number 1, I operated under
the “use it or lose it” mentality. Like honestly just keep singing. You know, like Finding Nemo with
just keep swimming just keep.. *coughs* But like instead of swimming
switch it with singing. Right. *laughs* But number 1 leads really well into number 2 which is: Work with what you’ve got.
Work with where you’re at. So your range is going
to be changing obviously. Testosterone is literally changing
your vocal chords. Your vocal chords are lengthening and also
increasing in size and that’s how it’s lowering your voice. So you might need to transpose things to
work with the range that you have at that moment. You might try singing something and it’s not in
your range anymore and you could really do damage if you keep pushing it. If something hurts, don’t do it.
Don’t push it. Just take things day by day. Three: Stay mindful of your breathing. And this is especially important if
you’re using a binder. Your breath support is really important. That is what sets kind of the
foundation of your singing. So if you’re using a binder, I
would recommend another option of you know compression tops or sports bras.
Layering clothing. Anything so that you’re not fully constructed. You need to be able to have the expansion
of your diaphragm to support what you’re doing. Number four: Stop the comparisons. And I’m guilty of this, too.
So this is really for me as well. Stop comparing yourself to other
people with their transitional journeys. Again, testosterone affects
people differently. So someone who has been
on testosterone for two months might have a lower voice than someone
who’s been on testosterone for a year. But comparing yourself to that person
might make you feel jealous. Might make you feel upset
that it’s not working for you. You need to do your best to accept
where you’re at personally. To accept what your body
is doing. I know for me personally, when I was thinking of starting testosterone,
there weren’t a lot of musicians who were actually on testosterone and showing
how that affected them. And that’s why I made all these videos.
That’s why I continue to make these videos because it was a really scary
experience for me to be like my identity as a musician and as
someone who sings, What’s going to happen with that? Full disclosure, I started
as a second soprano and right now I’m probably at a baritone 1 or baritone 2. I’m not a tenor. I’m not a bass. I’m still kind of in that
middle ground. Something that was scary for me
for me was my vibrato changed. And I was like, “What is this?” But I’ve grown to love it
and that’s really what I can tell you. Love where you’re at. Love that there’s still things that you
might want to work on or that you might want to change in some way, shape, or form. But it is a process. I think probably around two years on T is
when my voice really started to settle and I’m close to five years now and honestly my range is still getting larger. Like, now I’m feeling more comfortable
with expanding my falsetto and trying to go for those higher notes. Because for a while I was
like I’m just gonna crack. Like the puberty cracks, those are real. Enjoy them. *laughs I think it’s fun. I don’t know. But your voice is going to
continue to change and it still is changing for me and I think
that’s pretty cool. So if you’re thinking of starting
testosterone or even if you’ve been on testosterone for a little bit
or a while, I hope that these tricks and tips
helped you out. I hope that they eased a little bit of
anxiety for you. Because, again, that’s why
I make these videos. For the people who, like me, were searching for other singers who were going
on testosterone and seeing how that affected them. I love my singing voice. I love sharing music.
I love sharing that passion. And I love helping out other people. So if you have more questions,
I would be more than happy to answer them. Leave a comment down below
if I didn’t cover something. And as always, you are valid. You are loved. I hope you have a wonderful week and
I’ll see you again next Monday! Bye! Hey, everyone. It’s me again. Look at this brand new endscreen!
I’m actually really really excited about it. So over there you can see
what I did last week. I did a cover of Goner by twenty one pilots.
You can check it out if you want to. But really I wanted to take this time to say that this
Thursday, August 18th, 2016 I will be having surgery. I’m having my total
hysterectomy/oopherectomy, So I’m not going to be super active on Youtube.
I have some videos that are scheduled to publish each week. So if you want to send me well wishes or
just check in and see how I’m doing, you can look at any of these social media links.
I’ll be more active on those. I hope you have a wonderful
week, month, whatever. I don’t know how long I’m going to be I guess off of Youtube. *laughs* But I’ll see you when I see you. Bye.