longest note

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Jack, May 10, 2009.

  1. Jack

    Jack Member

    wats the longest note people have held on without circular breathing?
  2. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Can't say I've ever got the stopwatch out. I suppose it depends what instrument you're on doesn't it?

    After all, who'll win on a long-note-contest out of a Sop player and a BBb Bass?

    Eb Bass part for "Send in the clowns" starts with about 35 bars of tied-over middle Gs, but I doubt anyone ever got through them all without breathing!
  3. x.Gemma.x

    x.Gemma.x New Member

    28 seconds that I've actually timed! (Yes I used to time myself.. I have no life!)
    I know of people who can do a fair bit longer than that though.
  4. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    I give up. Was it a C#?
  5. six pints

    six pints Active Member

    this reminds me of band camp...
  6. Tubabrian1

    Tubabrian1 New Member

    ...don't know what the exact tuning note was, but I believe Kenny G, world renowned saxophonist, holds the world record on a soprano saxophone at 45 minutes!

    Was at his concert the other week in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall when he held a single note whilst walking around the audience for at least 7 minutes.

    ..as for me, I can't circular breathe....easier on BBb Bass with bellows fitted to your bottom!
  7. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    Kenny G playing one note for 45 minutes on a soprano saxophone....

    ....and we say some of the stuff bands play is unlistenable...
  8. scotchgirl

    scotchgirl Active Member

    I didn't time it, but the end of the first movement in Lowry Sketchbook has a long note for the baris (with perc tinkling away underneath), and we had to practise for weeks to be able to do nine repeats of the perc part (our MDs idea)...got to have been around 20 seconds I reckon.

    Another long one is the beginning of Isiah 40....you really have to play it at the marked dynamic to last until the end of that note...scary.
  9. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Just remembered... West Ridings by, Paul Lovatt-Cooper.

    Played this at the NABBC meeting a couple of weeks ago - and despite sounding like a reprise of Dark Side of the Moon, it also contained (if I remember correctly) 36 solid bars of tied over Pedal Cs for the 2nd BBb Bass.

    Gee.... thanks....

    Anyone got any bellows?
  10. Jack

    Jack Member

    hahaha i managed a minute... but i went really dizzy wen i did...
  11. jockinafrock

    jockinafrock Active Member

    'Ripper...!' :clap:
  12. MrsDoyle

    MrsDoyle Supporting Member

    33 seconds on an F# below the stave.
  13. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    I did a whole breve once. Proper mental.
  14. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    A breve isn't necessarily a long note.

    A Breve at crotchet = 120 only lasts 8 seconds.
  15. themusicalrentboy

    themusicalrentboy Active Member

    mind that sarcasm that's flying over your head :biggrin:
  16. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    Proper trombonist there. Not only did you miss the sarcasm, you got the time wrong as well. It's no wonder they don't trust us with those piston things.
  17. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    One of our tromboffonists (Who is incidentally also a conductor) did recently text us from a rehearsal of a band he was helping out, with the query "What does it mean when a semibreve has little lines at the side of it?"

    Having suggested he ask the conductor - or alternatively actually read the time signature - we didn't hear any more.

    And they say us bass players are thick!! ;)
  18. scotchgirl

    scotchgirl Active Member

    That made me giggle...
  19. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    I'm tempted to move to baritone in the hope it'll make me appear more intelligent.
  20. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    Whoops, silly me, if the crotchet was at 60 it would be 8 seconds!

    I got the sarcasm. I just chose to ignore it, I do that a lot, really annoys people ;)