Quick Fix Friday: Breathe Like Kirby

I love video games, especially when I can combine them with clarinet pedagogy.

This week’s Quick Fix Friday is an analogy to help younger students (especially gamers) visualize proper breathing. I’ve taught dozens of beginner clarinetists over the years, and one of the most important fundamentals they must learn is air and breath support. Many younger students aren’t using enough air, and I can only say “More air!” so many times before we both get frustrated.

Enter Kirby.

He (or she??) is cute, cotton-candy pink…and a breathing machine! Anyone that’s ever underestimated Kirby in SSB (that’s Super Smash Bros., for any of my non-gamer readers) knows that his gale-force wind is a force to be reckoned with.

So next time you or your student are struggling to conceptualize using enough air, watch a few videos (or play a few games) to see Kirby in action! Channel your inner Kirby to support your sound while playing clarinet!

Happy Friday, and happy practicing!


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