Vocal Warm-Ups - Exercise 3 - (Articulation) - "Tongue Twisters"

Vocal Warm-Ups

Understand how to control your voice and take care of this vital acting tool.

Although there are literally hundreds of different vocal exercises, we are going to focus on a few that we use in the department.

Perform these exercises before you begin your work as an actor. 

(Definition: the formation of clear and distinct sounds in speech.

Learning Goal - for the student to be able to find a clarity in their speech and to begin building better pronunciation skills.

FOCUS - Tongue-Twisters

NOTE: This is a warm-up and you should say these lightly, but in a good tempo. Never go faster than you are able to go physically. 

GOAL: Keep the clarity of each word in the phrase!


Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
That's a peck of pickled peppers that Peter Piper picked.
However, if Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers that Peter Piper picked?

A tutor who tooted the flute,
Tried to tutor two tooters to toot.
Said the two to the tutor,
"Is it easier to toot,
Or to tutor two tooters to toot?"*

Bobby Bibbit bought a bat.
Bobby Bibbit bought a ball with the bat.
Bob banged the ball with the bat and  banged the bat against a wall.

Amidst the mists and fiercest frosts,
With barest wrists and stoutest boasts,
He thrusts his fists against the post,
And still insists he sees the ghosts.