Tongue Twisters for Singing

Tongue twisters are a fantastic tool that you can use to establish good articulation (so the audience can clearly hear your lyrics) and to help warm up your tongue, lips and mouth before you sing.  They also assist with the development of tongue muscle memory for particular vowel sounds.  For example, if you speak English as a second language and some English consonants are left out of your native vocabulary then tongue twisters can help you.  Here are five super effective tongue twisters that you can add to your singing practice:

(1) To assist with R and L sounds: Red letter, yellow letter, red letter, yellow letter, red letter, yellow letter

(2) To assist the tongue moving from the front of the lips to the soft palate and back again: A proper cup of coffee from a proper copper coffee pot

(3) To move your lips from an “O” shape to a flatter “A” shape: Wayde went to Wales to watch wrens riot.

(4) To assist with forward tongue placement: I am not a pheasant plucker. I’m a pheasant plucker’s son, but I’ll be plucking pheasants when the pheasant plucker’s gone.

(5) To exercise the soft palate and back of the mouth: Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks

Make sure you can pronounce each tongue twister properly first, then repeat it over and over and speed up as you improve.

Consider including tongue twisters into your vocal practice as frequently as possible to ensure that your articulation is super clear.

Thank you, for this resource: Milan, N. (2014). Five effective tongue twisters for singers. Singers’ Secret. Retrieved from http://singerssecret.com/tongue-twisters-for-singers/

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