Monday, June 28, 2010

tongue twisters

In order to be proficient at tongue twisters you must make a conscious effort to pronounce each word properly. This forces you to make mental notes of your problem areas, and correct them with practice.
Using tongue twisters to warm up for singing can help, by preparing your mind to control the starts and stops of good enunciation. It forces you to pay attention to what is coming out of your mouth, and to correct it when it is wrong.
This is a tried and true technique, and many vocal students have benefited from selling sea shells by the shores. 

A big black bug bit a big black bear, made the big black bear bleed blood
A big black bug bit a big black dog on his big black nose!
A big box of biscuits, a batch of mixed biscuits.

A cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.
A fat-free fruit float.
A foolish fellow finds fault freely.
A growing gleam glowing green.
A quick-witted cricket critic.
A tidy tiger tied a tie tighter to tidy her tiny tail.
An Ape hates grape cakes.
Any noise annoys an oyster but a noisy noise annoys an oyster more.
Bad money mad bunny.
Betty and Bob brought back blue balloons from the big bazaar.
Betty bought a bit of butter, But the butter was so bitter, So she bought 
some better butter,to make the bitter butter better.
Big Billy, who had a big belly was also a big bully.
Brad's big black bath brush broke.
Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?
Cat cry Cat cry Cat cry.
Chilly chipper children cheerfully chant.
Crisp crusts crackle crunchily.
Does he know that we know that he knows.
Does this shop stock socks with spots?
Don't pamper damp scamp tramps that camp under ramp lamps.
Double bubble gum bubbles double.
Draw drowsy ducks and drakes.
Eleven Elves licked eleven little licorice lollipops.
Faithful friends freely forgive.
Flip Flop, Clip Clop, Slick Slop.
Fred fed Ted bread, and Ted fed Fred bread.
Fresh fried fish, fish fresh fried, fried fish fresh, fish fried fresh.
Freshly fried fresh flesh.
Give papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.
Good blood, bad blood.
Green glass globes glow greenly.
He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool.
Hi says Hilda Hippo Happily Hi says Hilda Hippo Happily.
How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?
How many cans can a cannibal nibble, if a cannibal can nibble cans? A 
cannibal can nibble all the cans he can nibble, if a cannibal can nibble cans.
How many cuckoos could a good cook cook, if a cook could cook cuckoos.
How many tales will a tall teller tell, when a tall teller tells a tall tale? 
A tall teller will tell all the tales he tells whenever he tells tall tales.
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
I saw Susie sitting in a shoe shine shop. Where she sits she shines, and 
where she shines she sits.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream!
I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit.
I thought a thought. But the thought I thought wasn't the thought I thought 
I thought.
If one doctor doctors another doctor, does the doctor who doctors the 
doctor doctor the doctor the way the doctor he is doctoring doctors? Or 
does he doctor the doctor the way the doctor who doctors doctors?
I'm not the fig plucker, but the fig plucker's son. But I'll pluck figs, 
till the fig plucker comes.
Is there a pleasant peasant present?
Is there a pleasant peasant present?
Jim am Jam, Jimmy Jam I am, Jimmy Jam I am.
Mix, Miss Mix!
Nine nice night nurses nursing nicely.
Of all the felt I ever felt, I never felt a piece of felt which felt as 
fine as that felt felt, when first I felt that felt hat's felt.
Old oily Olly oils old oily autos.
Once upon a barren moor There dwelt a bear, also a boar. The bear could 
not bear the boar. The boar thought the bear a bore. At last the bear 
could bear no more Of that boar that bored him on the moor, And so one 
morn he bored the boar-- That boar will bore the bear no more.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Did Peter Piper pick a 
peck of pickled peppers? If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled 
peppers, where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
Pickled plump plum.
Picky people pick Peter pan peanut butter, tis the peanut butter picky 
people pick.
Red bulb blue bulb red bulb blue bulb.
Red lorry, yellow lorry, red lorry, yellow lorry.
Running reindeer romp round red wreaths.
Sarah saw a shot-silk sash shop full of shot-silk sashes as the sunshine 
shone on the side of the shot-silk sash shop
Selfish shellfish.
She saw six sick sheep.
She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore. The shells she sells are sea-shells 
I'm sure. So if she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore, Then I am sure she 
sells sea-shore shells.
Shelter for six sick scenic sightseers.
Shoes and socks shock my shy sister.
Silver snails slipped silently southwards.
Six sharp smart sharks.
Six short slow shepherds.
Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.
Six, long, slim, slick, slender saplings.
Sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick.
Sometimes what children wonder can make us wonder how they wonder 
such interesting wonders
Swan swam over the sea, Swim, swan, swim! Swan swam back again Well swum,swan!
Take papa a cup of proper coffee in a copper coffee cup.
Ten toothsome tarts tempted Ted's tranquility.
The blue bluebird blinks.
The crow flew over the river, with a lump of raw liver.
The sun should shine soon.
The thirty three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne 
throughout Thursday.
The two twenty two train tore through the tunnel.
There those thousand thinkers were thinking how did the other three thieves 
go through.
This shoe is ship shape.
Three free throws.
Three gray geese in the green grass grazing Gray were the geese and green 
was the grass.
Tie twine to three tree twigs.
Tingi Tim taught Tim to tie twig thin.
Tiny Orangutan Tongues.
Tiny Timmy trims the tall tree with tinsel.
Twelve twins twirled twelve twigs.
Two trains travel together to Toy land.
Which witch wished which wicked wish.
Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?
While we were walking, we were watching window washers wash Washington's 
windows with warm washing water. 

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