Three Bears Analogy

Mike Lawson • Playing Tips • July 21, 2014

“To get beginners to understand quantitative playing skills like breath control, tonguing, and embouchure, I use the three bears analogy. This accelerates learning and makes it interesting. Specific phrases might include ‘You’re blowing like Papa Bear, use less air and keep it moving,’ or ‘Your tongue is like Baby Bear’s and is too light, you need to articulate more clearly.’”

Michel Nadeau

Burr Intermediate School

Commack, NY

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