Definition of circular breathing in English:

circular breathing


mass noun
  • A technique of inhaling through the nose while blowing air through the lips from the cheeks, used to maintain constant exhalation especially by players of certain wind instruments.

    • ‘He uses his trademark circular breathing method to produce sustained passages of fluent playing.’
    • ‘Notable live highlights were show-stopping performances from the likes of Courtney Pine, who amazed with his virtuoso display of circular breathing.’
    • ‘He uses extended techniques for the saxophone, such as multiphonics, slaptongue and circular breathing.’
    • ‘He was a master of the circular breathing technique and he could play flute with his nose.’
    • ‘He displays an impressive circular breathing technique on bass clarinet.’