A Proper Cup of Coffee
December 10th, 2001
Ok, so youve learned your guddah-buddahs,
youve done them in twos and threes, forward and back.
You can do them full speed, full voice, and use up all your
breath in three repetitions. Good. You are making progress.
As we escalate the complexity of the articulation exercises
we are doing as part of our daily practice, its time
to move from the sound molecules of GUDDAH-BUDDAH
and FEH-SMAH, to bigger sound compounds. These
longer fragments are different than the previous articulation
exercises in a number of ways.
First, in the little articulation exercises, each part of
the sound gets exactly the same amount of emphasis, the same
amount of loudness. Each little molecule has the
same weight, the same volume and the same force to fill the
With these next phrases, there are a number of difficult sound
combinations. Now for the first time, however, the phrases
will have differing volumes, differing loudness combinations,
and breath patterns. As you practice these phrases, exagerate
the highs and lows, speak them in a variety of voices, stretch
the sounds and try to find all the dimensions of the phrases;
hit all the sounds!
1. A proper cup of coffee in a copper coffee pot.
2. You need unique New York.
3. A big black bug bit a big black bear and the big black
bear bled blood.
4. The sixth sick sheiks sixth sheeps sick.
5. A box of bisquits, a box of mixed bisquits, and a bisquit
Dont do these slow! Do them full speed, full voice,
full volume, and slowly but surely, get smoother and better
at doing them.