The Hamilton Parkinson's Chorus 


Practicing a combination of speech exercises and rehearsal tracks at home is the best way to improve your speech production and breathing. Here, you will find a plethora of resources to guide your at-home rehearsals. If you can't make it to a rehearsal for any reason, you are more than welcome to rehearse using these resources.


Tracks to Practice at Home

These tracks come with piano accompaniment, and vocal notes are played as well. If listening to the piano play from a CD would be easier for you, please do not hesitate to let Zachary know - we have CD's available with our rehearsal tracks.

Please note that if you are on a mobile device (such as a mobile phone or iPad), to listen to the tracks, press "Listen in Browser," rather than the orange "Play on SoundCloud" button.



Voice and Facial Exercises

1. Move your lower jaw forward and backward, it helps to place a finger on your chin (5 times)

2. Do the following five exercises in a cycle, repeating five times:

  1. Make an exaggerated smile showing your teeth
  2. Pretend to breathe in from a straw
  3. Blow out the cheeks, simultaneously, then alternate each side
  4. Frown
  5. Stretch your tongue up and down from side to side
  6. Stick tongue straight out and bring it back in

3. Stick tongue out and leave it out as you recite the alphabet from A to Z, paying special attention to your enunciation of each letter

4. Push your tongue against the roof of your mouth and against your bottom teeth


Tongue- Twisters

Practice enunciating every consonant while reciting any of the following tongue twisters. Practicing tongue twisters at home is a wonderful way to improve the articulation of your speech, making it easier for others to understand your speech.


Tongue Twisters for this week:


1. If you notice this notice, you will notice that this notice is not worth noticing.

2. Dimensional analysis

3. The Lieth Police dismisseth dimensional analysis

4. A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk

5. How many snacks could a snack stacker stack, if a stacked snacker snacked stacked snacks

6. No need to light a night-light, on a night like tonight

7. Purple paper people (Try saying this one quickly,  5 to 10 times in a row)

8. The coffee song



Past tongue twisters:

1. Rubber baby buggy bumpers

2. Sascha sews slightly slashed sheets shut

3. Stick strictly six sticks stumps

4. She sold shabby sheared sheep on ship

5. A bragging baker baked black bread

6. Shave a single shingle thin

7. Cinnamon aluminum linoleum

8. Cooks cook cupcakes quickly

9. Mix a box of mixed biscuits with a boxed biscuit mixer.

10. Swiss wristwatches, but not Irish wristwatches, are unanimously universally unique

11. Black background, brown background

12. Comical economists

13. These thousand tricky tongue twisters trip thrillingly off the tongue

14. A shapeless sash sags slowly

15. Bed spreaders spread spreads on beds and bread spreaders spread butter on breads

16.  The Leith police dismesseth us

17. Pad kid poured curd pulled cod

18. Five frantic frogs fled from fifty fierce fish

19. A synonym for cinnamon is a cinnamon synonym 

20. The cat catchers cannot catch caught cats

21.  This is the sixth zebra snoozing thoroughly

22.  A pessimist pest exists amidst us

23.  A big black bear sat on a big black bug

24. Seventy seven benevolent elephants

25. You know New York, you need New York, you know you need unique New York

26. I wish to wash my Irish wristwatch

27.  A cat snaps a rat's paxwax

28.  East Fife Four, Forfar Five

29. A gazillion gigantic grapes gushed gradually giving gophers gooey guts

30.  Truly rural

31.  This is a zither

32. Gargantuan ganglions

33.  She sees cheese

34.  A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk

35.  Fred fed Ted bread, and Ted fed Fred bread

36.  Thin sticks, thick bricks

37. Real weird rear wheels

38. Chick and blocks, bricks and blocks

39. Fresh French fried fly fritters

40. I shot the city Sheriff

41. I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen


The Coffee Song (a tongue twister set to music)

1. All I want is a proper cup of coffee

2. Made in a proper copper coffee pot

3. I maybe off my dot, but I want a proper coffee in a proper copper pot

4. Iron coffee pots and tin coffee pots they are no use to me

5. If I can't have a proper cup of coffee in a proper copper coffee pot I'll have a cup of tea


Virtual Lyric Binder

Here you will find an online lyric binder, containing the words to all of our songs. Feel free to use these lyrics in conjunction with the rehearsal tracks above.