David Gordon's Favorite Vocal Warmup Tongue Twisters
These exercises are more than just fun.
Always warm up all aspects of your vocal instrument
including "the lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue."
These first two are my favorites.They are particularly good for achieving a crisp, frontal placement of consonants.
The lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue,
A box of biscuits,
S and SH
Should saucy sharks seek shelter soon?
The sixth sick shiek's sixth sheep's sick.
She sits and shines shoes,
A skunk sat on a stump.
Sister Suzy's sewing shirts for soldiers.
Sister Susie went to sea
Crisp B and BL
Barren Beacon Beckons Bacon Baron
A big black bug bit a big black bear
This black bug bled blue-black blood
Better Botter bought some butter
When tweedle beetles battle
Consonants and Vowel Shadings
I carried the married character over the barrier.
The foreign authorities
The Leith police dismisseth us,
Yes, she is pure, but so is Mrs. Muir.
Tip-of-the-Tongue R and TH
Round the rugged rocks the ragged rascals ran.
Rosco the rum runner rubbed out Rudy the rat
Thistle sticks, sixty six thousand
Theophulous Thistle, the thistle sifter,
M and N
Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager
She stood upon the balcony, inimically mimicking him hiccupping while amicicably welcoming him in.
Any noise annoys an oyster,
You know New York, you need New York,
Subtle Difference Between W and WH
Which witch whined when the wine
"I don't care a whit for your wit or whims,"
Whether the weather be cold,
My dame hath a lame tame crane.
What a to-do to die today, at a minute or two to two;
David Gordon spent many years as a tenor soloist on the opera and concert stages of the world. The Chicago Tribune called him "one of the world's great Bach tenors."
David is the author of The Little Bach Book, a unique look at Bach and daily life around him. There is no other book like this in English or in German!
In the 1720s, Leipzig was a thriving city with a population of 30,000. What did the residents eat, drink, and wear? How did they bathe and cook? What fuels heated and illuminated their homes?
Until now no book has described the details of daily life in Germany during Bach's lifetime.
Updated July 2020. Additions are welcome! Please send me your favorites!
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