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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 overall favorites.
They are particularly good for achieving
a crisp, frontal placement of consonants

The lips, the teeth, the tip of the tongue,
the tip of the tongue, the teeth, the lips.

A box of biscuits
A box of mixed biscuits
And a biscuit mixer


S and SH

Should saucy sharks seek shelter soon?

The sixth sick shiek's sixth sheep's sick.

She sits and shines shoes
And when she sits she shines all day

A skunk sat on a stump.
The skunk thought the stump stunk.
The stump thought the skunk stunk.

Sister Suzy's sewing shirts for soldiers
Such skill at sewing shirts
my shy young sister Suzy shows
Some soldiers send epistles
Saying they'd sooner sleep on thistles
Than the short serge shirts for soldiers
shy young sister Suzy sews.

Sister Susie went to sea
To see the sea, you see.
The sea she saw was a saucy sea,
A sort of saucy sea saw she.

Crisp B and BL

Barren Beacon Beckons Bacon Baron

Good Blood, Bad Blood, Good Blood, Bad Blood, etc.
Red Blood, Blue Blood, Red Blood, Blue Blood, etc.

A big black bug bit a big black bear
and the big black bear bled blood.

This black bug bled blue-black blood
while the other black bug bled blue.

Better Botter bought some butter
But she said this butter's bitter
If I put it in my batter
It will make my batter bitter
So she bought some better butter
Put it in her bitter batter
And it made her bitter batter better

When tweedle beetles battle
With paddles in a puddle
They call it a tweedle beetle puddle paddle battle.
Dr. Seuss

Consonants with Vowel Shadings

I carried the married character over the barrier.

The foreign authorities put Dorothy in an orange forest.

Yes, she is pure, but so is Mrs. Muir. You're just unsure.
Please do not lure me with your unsure cure.

The leath police dissmissith us, and that sufficeth us.

Subtle Difference Between W and WH

Which witch whined when the wine
was spilled on the wailing whale?

"I don't care a whit for your wit or whims,"
said Warren Wharton.

Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot
Whatever the weather we'll weather the weather
Whether we like it or not.

M and N

Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager
imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.

She stood upon the balcony, inimically mimicking him
hiccupping while amicicably welcoming him in.

Any noise annoys an oyster,
but an noisy noise annoys an oyster most.

you know New York
you need New York
you know you need unique New York

Bobby Bibby bought a bat
Bobby Bibby bought a ball
With his bat Bob banged the ball
Banged it bump against the wall
But so boldy Bobby banged it
That he burst his rubber ball
Boo! cried Bobby, Bad luck, ball!
Bad luck, Bobby, Bad Luck ball.
Now to drown his many troubles
Bobby Bibby's blowing bubbles.

Black Bart was a smart marksman.

Tip-of-the-Tongue R  and TH

Round the rugged rocks the ragged rascals ran

Rosco the rum runner rubbed out Rudy the rat
for ruining his rum running receipts.

Thistle sticks sixty six thousand and six thistle sticks

Theophulous Thistle, the thistle sifter

thrust a thousand thistles through the thick of his thumb.

Just Plain Fun

My dame hath a lame tame crane.
My dame hath a crane that is lame.
Oh gentle Jane, doth my dame's lame tame crane
leave and come home again?

What a to-do to die today, at a minute or two to two;
A thing distinctly hard to say, but harder still to do.
For they'll beat a tattoo, at twenty to two
A rat-tat-tat- tat-tat-tat- tat-tat-tattoo
And a dragon will come when he hears the drum,
At a minute or two to two today, at a minute or two to two.

About Socks
Give me the gift of a grip-top sock,
A clip drape shipshape tip top sock.
Not your spinslick slapstick slipshod stock,
But a plastic, elastic grip-top sock.
None of your fantastic slack swap slop
From a slap dash flash cash haberdash shop.
Not a knick knack knitlock knockneed knickerbocker sock
With a mock-shot blob-mottled trick-ticker top clock.
Not a supersheet seersucker ruck sack sock,
Not a spot-speckled frog-freckled cheap sheik's sock
Off a hodge-podge moss-blotched scotch-botched block.
Nothing slipshod drip drop flip flop or glip glop
Tip me to a tip top grip top sock.
Dr. Seuss

"Will you walk a little faster," said the whiting to the snail.
"There's a porpoise close behind us
    and he's treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance.
They are waiting on a shingle;
    will you come and join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you
Will you join the dance?
Won't you, will you, won't you, will you,
Won't you join the dance?"    
Lewis Caroll

Additions to this list are welcome! Please email me your favorites!

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