Singing in a binder

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  • Whalerex

    I’ve just started wearing my binder around the time that we have multiple rehearsals for two choir concerts, so yeah. I also have multiple breathing problems and I’m sick, so you might not have the same experience as me, but I’m finding it a little difficult to breathe with my binder on while singing. Especially because I’m trying to have good posture and keep my chest up, but it’s uncomfortable in a binder to do that. I’ve just sat down or taken a break when I’m out of breath, and also I try to take a break from my binder for a sec in the bathroom to take a deep breath and feel better. Good luck!!

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  • Abby Rogers

    I too am a classically trained singer and before testosterone I was a coloratura soprano. I still have the range I did before and now 7 months on t I have an extra octave below middle C. I do find the binders restrict my ability to breathe though particularly the longer I sing. I’m quite busty and was a G cup or GG when I wore a bra but only 34 around. With the right support I didn’t have neck and shoulder pain but binding causes extreme pain as the support is gone and it’s just compression. Singing then becomes more difficult at times. I’m hoping once I have chest surgery in the new year this will no longer be a problem. I am glad I’m not the only one who’s dealing with this though as it is reassuring to me that it’s not something I’m doing wrong that has caused the issue.

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  • Aspen

    I’ve been in choir while binding for ~2 years now, and I’ve never had any problems. However, I was barely a size A in bras, and I’ve never had any pain or problems binding at all, when I was binding safely, so I’m not sure how closely my situation parallels yours. I have choir every day, though, and I’ve experienced no breathing issues. I would suggest trying it and finding what works for you - obviously, if you have bad pain, you should stop, but hopefully it works out well. I wish you the best!

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  • Mylo Fisherman

    I personally only binded once during my binder class which is two and a half hours long i thought i would be fine because the one thing singing and binding have in common is needing to breathe from your diaphragm however i had like no oxygen and i lost my ablity to properly control my breathing while singing which is obviously important hope that is of useful info to you i just wouldnt recommend unless you are feeling extremely dysphoric cause singing without a binder is way easier and more comfortable

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  • Robin

    Thank you all so much for your kind replies! If any of you are taking T, did you continue singing (both in lessons and in ensembles) throughout your voice change? Will continous training impact the sound quality and / or your vocal health?

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  • Mark Darby

    Voice teacher with no binding experience here. I'm getting ready to purchase my first binder, and I had not thought about the impact on singing until now. I would recommend a short binder for singing so that your diaphragm is not restricted. As long as you breathe into your belly rather than shallow breaths into your rib cage, the interruption to singing support should be minimal.

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  • Aspen

    I’ve been on T for over a year whilst in choir, and the vocal changes have been very interesting. Pre-T my range was about F3-A5, and now, it’s about G2-F5, though my high notes are unpredictable and rather unreliable and not nearly as pretty as they once were. Daily warm-ups in my classes helped maintain my falsetto, I think, but for the last two months they’ve been cancelled and I’ve noticed the difference. My range hasn’t continued to deepen, though, so I’m starting to think I’ll just be stuck a tenor my whole life. Hope this gives you some perspective as to what will happen for you.

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