still doing circular breathing demo at concert?

Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 2:13 AM By: almostplayer

Kenny is coming to Anchorage Alaska again. I almost completely enjoyed his last concert here and would like to attend again, the only thing is while his circular breathing demonstration is very impressive, it's not entertaining enough to sit through twice. Does anyone know if this is still part of the show? He plays one note for a long long time and I'd rather hear his music, I will stipulate to the fact that he can do it "forever"
Anybody know? Is he still doing it?

  1. jorolok8765 avatar

    On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 6:24 AM, jorolok8765 said:

    He is awesome, simple as that. I like this guy.

  2. Ian avatar

    On Sat, Sep 18, 2010 at 2:47 PM, Ian said:

    I have seen Kenny G probably eight times over twenty years. Most recently, I was at a concert in Chicago last spring. He does still make an obvious demonstration that he can hold a note for a long time as well as employ it in every song. I think that having seen him over such a long period of time you would agree that a few minutes of something we can do, and may be boring to us, is well worth the rest of the show that is performed by Kenny. There are worse things than sitting for a few minutes while he does this. I try to imagine how the other people must see this technique...they clearly think it is super human and that always makes me smile because he is putting on a show to impress people...and he is succeeding.


  3. NeilSite avatar

    On Sat, Aug 14, 2010 at 3:43 AM, NeilSite said:

    Kenny uses circular breathing all the time--when you see him on TV at an awards show or late show, YouTube videos, his own Live videos...I have seen him in concert 3 times and can conclude that at some point, he uses circular breathing in almost every song.

    Sometime in early high school, I purchased a book called "Circular Breathing For The Wind Performer" by Trent Kynaston. It was really more of a short manual, and even still, is very repetitive. First, practice breathing while lying down to observe chest and stomach movements (inhale/exhale process), do crunches to strengthen the abdomen & diaphragm, and practice spitting out water in a sink while taking in a quick breath through the nose...the last process builds cheek muscles.

    I finally was able to perform circular breathing sometime late in college, and to date, I don't use it as a gimmick like Kenny G to occupy huge portions of what his audience pays for in a 3 hour concert--Kenny also does a demonstration with just a mic to his nose for those that have a slow learning curve.

    I can usually sustain the technique for about 2 minutes or so before my lips need rejuvenation. Circular breathing is most practical for sight-reading scenarios when the music is so new that you don't necessary have time to figure out where you will take all your breaths--therefore, in any piece of music, it allows you to play through a whole phrase that has little or no rests without breaking the continuity of sound; therefore I now employ it in almost every song I play.

    I won't lie to you...when alone with my sax (alto or Kenny G E-Series II soprano) I like to hold notes out to see how long I can sustain the technique, often adding runs like Kenny G does--performing runs like he does took many years to understand the natural physics of instruments and a solid understanding of music theory to know which combo of notes to circle around...I have also been able to do circular breathing on both clarinet and yes...the oboe, I have seen it done on trumpet but not any other instrument.

  4. Greg Dow avatar

    On Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 11:46 PM, Greg Dow said:

    I've been to countless concerts of Kenny's and it seems like the audience appreciates the technical explanation of circular breathing later on in the show after he holds the note during "Silhouette." I guess it gives the band a little bit of a break too. Then again, I haven't seen him live in a couple of years.

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