Got Mushmouth?

I didn’t plan to record this episode today, but I was struggling with this very problem this morning.

Sometimes, you just can’t get the words out of your mouth in a way that sounds convincing. Today, I was stumbling on simple phrases, sounded like I was reading, and just couldn’t get my brain to connect with the script.

Warm-ups to the rescue!

Honestly, I don’t warm up as much as I should. A narrator should warm up every day before they start into scripts.

It doesn’t hurt to knock off the rust from the night and get the muscles synced up. It might also have the added benefit of helping you smooth out those word combinations that you struggle with.

Here are a few warm-ups that I use when I’m stuck in a rut and need get my mouth in gear!

In this episode, I discuss:

  • How warm-ups can do more than just warm up your muscles.
  • Reading like a kindergartener
  • Elvis?
  • Emphasis exercises

References and stuff:

  • V-Oh!
  • Tongue Twisters and Vocal Warm-Ups
  • Tongue Twisters in this episode:
    • Six slippery snails, slid slowly seaward.
    • Pad kid poured curd pulled cod
    • The sixth sick sheikh’s sixth sheep’s sick
    • Oh what to-do to die today at a minute or two ’til two A thing distinctly hard to say yet harder still to do For they’ll beat a tattoo at twenty to two With a rattatta tattatta tattatta too And the dragon will come when he hears the drum At a minute or two ’til two today At a minute or two ’til two.

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Josh
Josh

Hi! I'm a voice over talent who is on a quest to help Instructional Designers make the most engaging eLearning possible. My part in this is ensuring that they have the knowledge and tools to produce a high quality and professional sounding narration for their projects.