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Tongue Twisters and Vocal Warm-Ups: Conversation with Rodney Saulsberry

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
posted by Geetesh on 9:30 AM IST





Rodney SaulsberryRodney Saulsberry is one of the top voice-over talents in the United States, and author of the new book, Rodney Saulsberry's Tongue Twisters and Vocal Warm-Ups. For more than a decade the Detroit native and University of Michigan graduate has given voice to many successful commercial campaigns, including Toyota Camry, Alpo, Verizon, and numerous movie trailers such as, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Finding Forrester, Tupac Resurrection, Friday and Dumb & Dumberer. Rodney resides in Agoura, California.

In this conversation, Rodney discusses his new book.

Geetesh: Your new book, Tongue Twisters and Vocal Warm-Ups is very different than other voice-over books in the sense that this provides practical suggestions and tips to improve voice results. How did you realize that a book of this sort was needed?

Rodney: I wrote my first book, You Can Bank on Your Voice in 2004. The response to that book was very positive and there became a demand for another book from me that resulted in me writing my second book Step Up to the Mic.

Tongue Twisters and Vocal Warm-UpsThese books started to make many people consider me, an expert in the field and so several request came for me to teach, so I did. Through the years I kept getting the same questions from my students over and over again. One day it dawned on me that the reason myself and other coaches continued to get asked the same questions over and over again, is because none of us were answering these questions in a simple and practical way. When that light went on in my head, I starting writing this new book, and the response has been phenomenal. The feedback has a main theme, customers write, that I made it simple, plain and clear.

Geetesh: Can you share some tongue twisters? Also how can professionals such as presenters, speakers, trainers, and instructors benefit from the tongue twisters and vocal warm-ups?

Rodney: Tongue twisters are a group of words that are designed for practicing pronunciation and to gain fluency in whatever you are about to do vocally. It should also be noted that my tongue twisters are neither grammatically correct nor necessarily meaningful. They are simply tools to get you warmed up before speaking or singing.

The tongue twisters and vocal warm-ups in this book are beneficial to anyone who uses there voice to make a living. That includes not only voice-over actors and singers, but presenters, speakers, trainers and instructors can benefit from this book too.

Experts agree that tongue twisters:

  1. Stimulate memory, focus and concentration;

  2. Improve your listening perception and comprehension;

  3. Increase your speech speed;

  4. Help you speak with precision and no mistakes; and

  5. Entertain both children and adults while learning.

Wouldn't you like to do something that promised to deliver those kind of results?

Remember, it's not just speed that you should strive to accomplish while reading a tongue twister. The challenge to read exactly what is on the page with the proper energy and vocal dexterity, gets you ready to do the same when you start reading your copy.

Here are a few sample excerpts from the book.

Tongue Twisters

Bipidy bumpidy ripidy rumpidy
Ripidy bumpidy boo
Bipidy bumpidy ripidy rumpidy
Let’s make it harder to do
Bumzidy rumzidy dumzely clumzely
Hopefully soon we’ll be through
With bipidy bumpidy ripidy rumpidy
Stop when your pink tongue turns blue

The beast in the east is trying to feast
On fresh fish from French Freddy’s buffet
Frowning freaking fretless weeping
For fresh salmon that fled far away
The beast in the east is trying to feast
On fried fish from San Frisco Bay
Fraught from failure to fetch from the barrel
Fresh fish from French Freddy’s buffet

Why in the world would a whale want water?
When a whale wants water will a well run dry?
Why in the world would a wet whale want wet water?
Will a wet whale want wet water when a wet well runs dry?

Properly press the purple and black pleated plaid pants you own
Prepare to put your purple and black pleated plaid pants on
Properly press the purple and black pleated plaid pants you own
Now properly dressed in your purple and black pleated plaid pants be gone

Thirty-three thumb throbbing thick throttle thinkers thought the thirsty throttle thumper threw the throw.

Copyright © 2015 Rodney Saulsberry. All rights reserved.

You can get your copy today. Click to purchase the book on Amazon. Click to purchase the Kindle Edition on Amazon.

Click to purchase an autographed copy From Rodney.

See Also: You Can Bank on Your Voice: Interview with Rodney Saulsberry

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