The Original Tongue Twister Teacher

Lisa Rice wrote this.

As a voiceover talent, warming up my instrument before standing behind my microphone is important. It’s similar to an athlete stretching and moving before an event. How is this done?

I run through a list of tongue twisters and make a lot of irritating noises. Both methods prepare my vocal cords for the various projects that come my way; conversational explainer videos, serious technical narrations, high-energy radio spots, soothing television ads and much, much more.

In primary school, I learned how to read with the wacky, nonsensical books of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. In honor of his birthday this month, I’ve uploaded the text for Fox in Socks. It’s a terrific tale for twisting tongues.

In addition, I’ve added these wonderful warm-ups:

1. Hummmm. Hum up. Hum down. Hum carefully all around.

2. Brrrr. Close your mouth: Put your fingers on your cheeks so the inside of your cheeks touch your teeth. Make a brrr sound going high and low at least ten times.

3. Ha-ha-ha. Use short, quick breaths using your diaphragm. Try ha-ha-ha-ing the national anthem.

4. Shrill. Make siren noises starting low, going up really high and then come back down again.

5. Sing. Try your favorite song in a low register and then attempt it in a higher one.

Lastly, I’ll close with some savvy, smashing, splendid, stupendous, solid, sensible, sage, significant and stirring Dr. Seuss advise:

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