The Combinations Exercises
The combinations help to establish; habitual use of the voiced and unvoiced consonants, word ending consonants and consonant combinations. Given enough mindful practice, these exercises will radically enhance your clarity.
When starting work on the exercises, go slow, keeping the following in mind;
- Where / how the consonants are made.
- Whether they are voiced or unvoiced.
- Feeling as much as hearing your way to target sound.
Once you know them by heart, mimic speech patterns as you practice;
- Go up and down in pitch.
- Go fast and slow.
- Go loud and soft.
- Recite them as you perform an ordinary task – like the washing up.
As you work - be careful to breathe from the belly and not poke the chin forward.