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To Play Didgeridoo
technique of how to play the didgeridoo is unique among wood
instruments, though similar to some brass (and other) horns. You blow
down the tube with loose lips creating a vibration that echoes down the
tube coming out amplified as a drone. Similar to a tuba but even looser
and more relaxed. It is important to stay relaxed, trying too hard will
tighten your muscles which contradicts the need to create loose lips
and face. Buzz your lips while gently pushing air down the tube.
lip vibration is similar to giving someone a "raspberry". It can help
to stick your bottom lip out a little more than the top lip. To improve
the tonal quality of the drone it is important to try to tighten your
lips a little after the drone is started, this will increase the pitch
and really get the didgeridoo going! If you tighten up too much the
drone will abruptly stop and you get a sound we call the "Blow Out".
People often ask how to get a didge to
play so loud and have such an eerie quality to the drone. The secret to
a good drone is starting loose and tightening up the lips until you
almost Blow Out. If you ride the fine line of playing tightly with
almost doing a "Blow Out" you can achieve a loud and intense drone.
a good drone is critical because the other noises you make while
playing a didgeridoo happen while the drone is going. You can find more
details on this in our other instructional materials. It takes most
people a bit of practice to be able to drone so don't get frustrated
and practice, practice, practice. But, you shouldn't really think of it
as practice because this instrument is fun to learn!
try to drone as long as possible with one breath. While learning you
will waste a lot of air discovering how to make the noise. As soon as
possible start limiting the amount of air you use up. You only need
enough air to vibrate the lips, this is what creates the noise. The
toughest part of didgeridoo playing is learning to circular breathe.
Circular breathing allows a player to be able to continually blow air
down the didgeridoo without ever stopping for breath.
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