Are you Using your Tongue to your Advantage?

Something New

Spinner (A-154)
Kimmy (L-95)

We talk about the need to not move our lips almost to the point of exhaustion.  We judge ourselves and others solely on whether or not they move their lips when Venting.  There is no question that lip movement is important since that is one of the biggest things that people in the audience (who mostly know nothing about Ventriloquism) are able to judge your skills on.

However, the ability to not move our lips when Venting is also one of the biggest things that make it difficult to understand our words as we speak.  There is something that we can continue to use to help enunciate our words and make what we are saying understandable.  That is our tongue.  We have known from childhood how to use our tongue at that age.  At that point we use it to stick out at someone we are trying to annoy or get the attention of.  Now as slightly more mature people we can learn to use it for something a bit different and more productive.

When Venting, you can gain great advantage by using your tongue to help with the pronunciation of words.  I don’t know how to explain it exactly but if you will concentrate on the position of your tongue you will shortly figure it out.  Put your tongue on the roof of your mouth and then on the back of your front teeth.  Experiment with different positions of your tongue and you will see how it helps your words become more clearly understood.  Practice this process for a while and you will find that you understand  how it helps your performance.

That’s all for now.  We will talk again next week.

Steve and JET

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