A couple of days ago, I received a phone call from an 18 years old man who was asking if I could completely change his voice, (surgically, or non surgically LOL), so he could sound like a certain rapper?
I wasn't quite sure whether I should laugh or cry. The question was funny, to say the least, but the issue was sad, as at 18 years of age, he was still very naive and simply foolish, to put it mildly.
In our, so to speak, at least technologically advanced age, he sounded like he had no slightest idea about this world and how it operates, let alone about the human voice and what triggers it to work in a certain way. I always said previously that the voice, like fingerprints, does identify the person, as each human being has their own unique voice, which, in turn, also reflects the state of their particular being.
Could that be completely changed or modified, you my reader, may ask?
The answer for the former is: No, like fingerprints, it cannot be changed.
But the answer for the latter: Yes, it could be somewhat modified and enhanced.
For example, somebody speaks very nasally.
Could it be corrected?
The answer is: Yes.
I usually treat the nose congestion with the herbal and homeopathic remedies and then restructure the voice to the facial muscles and away from the nose. It then sounds wider, rounder and fully bodied and definitely not nasally anymore.
Somebody speaks too high or too low.
Could that be addressed?
When I work on a wholesome mechanism, which allows not only for the voice to work in the fullest capacity possible, but also puts that voice in a complete balance, i.e., for those who sounded too high (primarily males who never really came out of puberty), begin to speak with some base underneath of their high toned voice. Those who speak very basie, (men and women), beginning to sound much more balanced to the size of their physical bodies.
In my practice, I had petite women who spoke with the low baritone voices, and quite short and, not necessarily masculine looking men, who also spoke with a low baritone or base voice. That type of thing could be modified and mainly balanced to the gender and the size of their bodies.
As for singers, in majority of cases, singing voice could be exponentially enhanced with respect of the tone, color and fullness of one's voice. Once the voice is properly supported, structured, placed and projected, it begins to sound much more clear, much more articulated and much more full in its entirety.
Of course, there are better quality and not-so-good quality singing voices I had been working with. If the person's inner energy is quite heavy, the voice also sounds less flexible and yes, sometimes, heavy duty.
In this case, I definitely have to work on the person as a whole to lighten up his/her energy and, sometimes, release the grip that they could be carrying since their childhood. Some voices are sounding too light and, in this case, I have to build a solid foundation underneath of the person's voice. Usually, these types of people lack the overall confidence, which, quite amazingly, grows along with their voice development.
Needless to say, without the needed confidence and the strong thriving voice, they cannot realize their dream to become a professional performer.
The conclusion of it is:
Please take care of your speaking and your singing voice to the best of your ability. And, if you're not satisfied with the way how your speaking or singing voice sounds, look for professional help, as the satisfaction with your voice, will give you satisfaction overall.