Can you in­hale and ex­hale at the same time?

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Cir­cu­lar breath­ing is a spe­cial tech­nique that mu­si­cians must mas­ter to play some wind in­stru­ments – such as the Aus­tralian didgeri­doo or the ori­en­tal zurna. The method in­volves that the mu­si­cian, to­wards the end of his ex­ha­la­tion, fills his cheeks with air and saves it as a re­serve. Sub­se­quently, he takes a new breath through his nose, as he con­tin­ues to blow the stored re­serve out through his mouth. In this way, the mu­si­cian can hold a note for a very long time. The ex­ist­ing record was set in 2017 by a sax­o­phon­ist from Nige­ria, who con­tin­u­ously held the tone E for 51 min­utes and 38 sec­onds. Mu­sic for mod­ern wind in­stru­ments is usu­ally com­posed in such a way that cir­cu­lar breath­ing is not ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary.

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