Episode Six – Warm-Ups part Five

Episode Six -Warm-Ups Part Five

Warming Up Part Five – Articulation, Tongue Twisters & Prizes!!

In this episode we’re digging into articulation and everybody’s favorite, tongue twisters.

might be improvising an ‘articulation song’ to a Dean Martin tune and I’m definitely offering a prize of a pack of Tongue Twister Cards, made by the lovely Leo Wiggins as a prize for the best tongue twister shared on social media with me tagged and #yourfreevoice!

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A Messy Transcript

Hello, and welcome to episode six, which is warm ups, part five, uh, articulation and tongue twisters. When the sound hits your mouth for your consonant sounds that articulare that’s aticulare, when your teeth and your tongue and your lips make crisp sounds that’s aticulare that’s aticulare. I’m not quite sure I’ve got the science right, but just about got the science, right. Um, aticulare is the Latin root of articulation. That’s the forming of consonant sounds with your teeth, your lips, the tip of your tongue, the teeth, the lips tip of the tongue roof of the mouth. Uh, or your articulators that make that happen. So we’re gonna look at that today by exploring articulators , and adding breath to sound with semi-occluded vocal track exercises, and, uh, it’s gonna be fun. Woo. I want to start off by bringing your attention to, uh, voiced and unvoiced consonants. Uh, there’s a little selection here that we’re gonna do an exercise. Put your fingers gently on the front of your larynx and go P P P P P P P. And then go B. Do you feel the difference between P and BA bababa P P it’s much more vibration with the BBA, right?

Because BBA actually creates vibration of the vocal folds, whereas PPA doesn’t. So we have this little set of consonant, uh, waker- uppers, and the first is P so if you imagine the word P U H. You say that three times P P P P. And you can just have your fingers on the, on your voice box, if you like P P P right.

And then try the same sound, but with KA at the beginning. So like K U H kuh, kuh, kuh. And then tuh tuh tuh, tuh. Right? So what’s happening Puh Kuh Tuh, I’m waking up the articulators in the different places in my mouth, puh the lips kuh the back of their teeth and tuh the front of the teeth. Right. And the tongue is getting involved as well ofcourse…

Just waking those up with an unvoiced sound so you can put them together and go Papa, Kaka, Tata, Papa, KA Tata, kata, Papa, Kaka, Tata. Very good. Okay. So the next one is buh buh buh G so BA B U H. Is that three times BA BA. BA BA BA BA, BA, BA, and then BA Baba G Gaga is the next one. I had to remember G Gaga. So G U H Gaga Gaga.

Gah. And then da, da D U H duh, duh. So you’ll notice these are the same placement in your mouth, but just one is voiced and one is UN voiced, right? So between P and B. And KA and, and TA and duh, they’re all the same place as each other, but one’s voiced and one’s UN voiced. So if we put the second set all together, bababa let’s do that.

Bababa guh, guh, guh, duh, duh. One more time. buh buh buh very good. So, uh, a lovely little exercise that, uh, gets that all going as well. Once you’ve done the papapa Kaka TA does is “the lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue”. Right. The lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue, I think soft palette just doesn’t fit into a rhyme very nicely or hard palette.

Right? So we’re just gonna say the lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue, try that “the lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue, the lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue, the lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue, the lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue”. And then we kind of flip it, “the tip of the tongue, the lips, the teeth”, the tip of tongue, the lips, the teeth.

Right. So “the tip” “the lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue, the lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue, the lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue, the tip of the tongue, the lips, the teeth”. Very good.

Okay. Are you ready for some tongue twisters? All right. So here’s the deal with tongue twisters. Everybody loves tongue twisters and we all have our party pieces that we do.

And, and it’s actually a great sobriety test in some ways. Don’t actually, that’s a terrible thing for me to say, cuz it probably isn’t. But, um, Here’s the thing. Once they get really easy, they’re not working anymore. You need to pick ones that are still challenging. So if you find that you are tripping over particular word sounds in a script or a song, find those word sounds in a tongue twister, this Google has a gazillion or write one for yourself. I’m always writing them. Um, But some of my favorites and some classics are things like, uh, toy boat and for the non Brits listening, try and put the T on the boat, “toy boat, toy boat, toy boat”. Right. That’s a nice one. Um, “11 benevolent elephants”, make sure that it’s nevolent and not nelevant “11 benevolent elephants, 11 benevolent elephants, 11 benevolent elephants”.

They are so benevolent, um, a classic. Gorgeous one. Is, “is that a Swiss wrist watch or an Irish wrist watch? Is that a Swiss wrist watch or an Irish wrist watch?” Uh, another lovely one. Um, is “she sat up on the balcony, inexplicably mimicking him hiccuping and amicably, welcoming him in” that one is a bit of a doozy still, actually “she sat up on the balcony, inexplicably mimicking him hiccuping and amicably, welcoming him in. Okay, good. Uh, and what else is there another one I can give you here? How about this one? I took the pheasant plucker one and I combined it with the thistle sifter one. So that you say, uh, “I’m not a thistle sifter I’m a thistle sifter’s son and I’m only sifting thistles till the thistle siftings done.” I’m not a thistle sifter I’m a thistle sifter’s son, and I’m only sifting thistles till the thistle sifter comes. I’m not a thistle sifter, I’m a thistle sifter’s son , and I’m only sifting thistles till the thistle sifter comes” right? Now. If you want to be really adventurous, you could sing it and go. Um, I’m not a fle ser or I’m a fle SIF sister’s son, and I’m only sifting thistles till the fle sift sister comes.

I’m not a, this stor I’m AEL, SIF sister’s son, and I’m only sifting thistles till the thistle SIF sister comes et C. Going up in scales. Oh, so much fun. Um, yes, that’s a good one. I like that one. My old voice teacher when I was a kid used to teach me, um, ” , the big brown bear bites buns”, but I realized that that didn’t translate quite so well in America.

And, um, “Lenny, the lion loves licking lollipops’, which is fine. There’s nothing wrong with that. But anyway, do you have favorites?

I’m a bit of a tongue twister gatherer. So if you have a favorite tongue twister, um, that obviously you’re not gonna be doing anymore because you’ve already perfected it and you’re gonna find a new one that’s hard. But if you, before you give up that favorite tongue twister, share it on social media, tag me at @voxchops and hashtag #yourfreevoice . And I’m gonna pick somebody at random to, and I will mail this in the post. This is like, you are actually gonna get physical mail in the post. Um, this little pack of tongue twisty cards from a chap called Leo Wiggins.

They are just gorgeous. I think he and his dad created them. It’s like, I think it’s. I don’t know, 15 little cards. They’re all about business cards, size, and each one has different, um, tongue twister on it with different, uh, phonetic signs. This I’m holding an unopened package in my hand right here. I’m gonna send a little deck of these to somebody who tags me in their social media post with an excellent tongue twister.

The most excellent tongue twister wins. Okay. So tag me at Vox chops with the hashtag your free voice, and then I’ll message you. And you can give me your mailing address and I will mail it to you anywhere in the world. How about that? All right. Okay. That’s it for today. Um, I hope you have a fantastic week.

Don’t forget to grab the free five minute warmup video@yourfreevoice.com slash resources. Um, and tag me in those tongue twister posts, please, to be in with the chance of winning these little pack of cards, I will see you next week for something fabulous and exciting. And I haven’t quite decided what it is yet.

Okay. Take care. Loads of love. Bye.

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