I certain situations where your live performance/recording is in need of human performers instead of electronic or artificial instruments – you must keep in mind the limitations of a human, especially a wind player.
Unless they know how to do “circular breathing” chances of you having a wind section hold long notes for extended periods of time is slim to none.
So, what are some options that you can do for creating a wind instrument pad while being mindful the lung limitations of the performers.
One thing you can do, if there are multiple people in a section, is to write staggered points of breathing marks or rests. That helps create a smooth continuous line without the players taking a breath at the same time.
In the case you only have one person per instrument section, look as to wear you can add breath marks or rests that best complement the melody. Meaning, structure it around the phrasing of the main melody or harmonic rhythm. This will make the pad seem connect to another part of the music, even if it has to take a breath and break the pad.
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