The goals to achieve, working with the speech bone are: an
effectively improved space in and movability of oral space
and pharynx (vocal tract). Also to improve supple, yet powerful
muscle use in order to get precise, agile, vivid and highly
variable positions of the lips, tongue, jaw and soft palate
and hence a warming up of the speech musculature.
Thanks to the minimal dimensions and modest ribbon measure,
lip closure is possible.
Practising with the speech bone lays the foundation for and
makes part of the work to:
- Optimize, precise and put into practise
- Correct pronunciation mistakes on
vowel - and consonant level.
- Become aware of and modify speech
- Eliminate or learn accents
- Limber up and excel in diction,
- Combine the small mechanism with
high volume and complete
pitch range (major mechanism).
- Maintain and train vocal and speaking
skills during the
training of speech tasks
(acting, presenting, teaching,
performing, declaiming etc.).
- Maintain a correct and relaxed position
of the larynx during
- Use a free and open voice whilst
- Grow awareness and improvement of
lip -, jaw-, palate-
and tongue position.
- Limber up, stimulate and strengthen
- Prevent or let go of ineffective
tensions around the mouth.
bone is made from a Class 2a (long term) biocompatible (non-toxic,
flavourless) material and is shaped as a concave rod of 11/13
mm (height) and 4/6 mm (diameter). There is a 2 mm hole drilled
through the centre, through which a (natural) silk ribbon
The speech bone goes with an accessory booklet:
"Speech bone - for a moving voice and
a running speech".
Herein the basic principles for use are described. The booklet
contains the specific practice mode for voice and articulation:
as well for the English as for the German, Italian, French
and Spanish language.
The speech bone comes in two versions:
The synthetic version consists
of class 1 biocompatible material (CE certified) and is somewhat
lighter in weight than the bone version. Finished smoothly
(no casting - or die-cut welt) it gives no distracting sensation
when held between the teeth.
bone version is hand carved from
All materials are tasteless
The neck strap consists of a
2mm narrow (natural) silk ribbon. Narrow, to don't disturb
the subtle speech motor. Silk, because silk is strong enough
and safe at the same time; silk snaps at a brisk tug. With
a neck strap, necklace, shoelace, cord or thread around the
neck there's always a risk of getting stuck behind something
of someone (especially during acting class). Nylon ribbon
would leave marks, lashes or cuts (or even: giving a strangle
effect) at such occasion. Always wear your speech bone on
this silk ribbon - do not use it independently (choking hazard)!
Replacement ribbon can be ordered at Artofmini
The accessory pouch with drawstring
is made of satin woven nylon.