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Optimal speaking pitch

January 25 2008 at 1:07 AM

Voix Claire  (Login voix_claire)
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Response to High speaking is no less harmful


I've found it to be around A (220 Hz) or A-flat for women, using the prescribed methods of discovering it (Umm-hmmm, Cooper voice press, humming down through a sigh, Happy Birthday, calling to a friend ...) Did a presentation on this a couple of years ago. Most sources put it between A-flat and B-flat or B. Interestingly, Daniel Boone put it at G and lower (too low, if you ask me). Men are roughly the octave below all of the above.

This is the speaking pitch information I compiled at the time. I'm sure there is some habitual speaking pitch information included in the mix.

1) Male speaking voice averages about 125 Hz, Female voice averages about 210 Hz
Georgia State Univ., Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
2) Male age 51 = 110 Hz, age 21 = 130 Hz; Female age 51 = 174 Hz, age 21 = 196 Hz
Greater Baltimore Medical Center Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck Rehab. Ctr.
3) Male 110-130 Hz, Female 200-230 Hz
Wake Forest University Center for Voice Disorders 2001 Online Opinion Poll
4) Male 110 Hz, Female 220 Hz

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