Mix it up Monday: Simple yet effective tongue stretches
It is a busy time at Shenandoah Conservatory as we get ready welcome voice teachers from around the world to the 14th Annual CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute. Therefore, today’s post is going to be rather short and to the point. Here is a list of tongue stretches and exercises from James C. McKinney’s book “The Diagnosis and Correction of Vocal Faults,” page 163. They are short and sweet, but quite effective! Enjoy! ~Matt
Corrective exercises for hyperfunctional use of the tongue
- Alternate between extending the tongue out of the mouth as far as possible and retracting the tongue as far as possible. Begin slowly and increase the speed with repetition
- Trace circles around the inside of the lips both clockwise and counterclockwise
- Alternate between trying to touch your nose and chin with the tip of your tongue.
- Lay your tongue on the bottom lip and vocal on /a/, persist until you can do so without your tongue trying to pull back into your mouth, quivering, or constantly trying to change its shape.
- Select songs that require fast articulatory movements.