Betty Botter - A Tongue Twister

Tongue Twisters are great for:

  • Strengthening the muscles we use to speak.
  • Learning to produce clearer pronunciation.
  • Warming up.

Use this one for:

  • Preparing and practising 'tika-tika' (semiquavers / sixteenth notes).
  • Teaching the melodic element 'fa'.
  • Tuning 2nds (steps) - ascending and descending.
  • Working with Tonic and Dominant harmonies.

The included choral version:

  • Modulates through 4 keys to enable warming up of a larger vocal range.
  • Links to each modulation with a suggested bar of piano accompaniment to transition to each new key.
  • With each modulation you can get faster to increase the challenge and the fun!
  • Can be used as a 'warm-up game'. Have your students work in pairs or teams facing each other. No-one is allowed to smile or laugh!
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Kodály Analysis:

Betty Botter - A Tongue Twister Theme: Games:
Partner: Form: Song Type:
Scale: Hexachord CSP: C Age: Middle Primary - Upper Secondary
Tones: d finalis r m f s l Rhythm: ; ; ;  
Melodic: d r ; r m ; m f ; f s ; l s f m ; f m r d finalis
Prep: , f
MC: f
Prac: , f


Origin: Lyrics: Traditional Arrangement: M. McLatchey

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