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How do you play a didgeridoo?

Asked by toomuchcoffee911 (6928points) February 5th, 2009
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wundayatta's avatar

It’s like a trombone or tuba. You put your lips to the mouth of the didg and buzz them to make a sound.

If you’re asking about circular breathing, there are any number of websites that can teach you that. I’ll look for one later.

rooeytoo's avatar

Yep they say circular breathing. The best didge player I ever heard is a white guy who plays at the Mindil Markets in Darwin, he has 3 amplified didges on a stand and he and a drummer go wild. All the aboriginal people dance, it is great. Name is Emdee. If you do a search on youtube for emdee or mindil markets, there are a bunch of clips of him. Also many other didge players, aboriginal guys.

Bioplasmic's avatar

Hi there,

A friend of mine Matt Willems makes and plays them, his website will give you all you need to know.

Good luck



wundayatta's avatar

The best advice I ever heard about circular breathing was to practice using a straw in a glass of water. Your goal is to keep a continuous stream of bubbles coming out of the straw. To do this, you need to be able to store some air in your mouth, close off your mouth from your nasal passage, and then carefully and controlledly push the reserve air out, while you are simultaneously breathing in to your lungs.

If you can get that, you can do it on an instrument, such as the didg. Good luck!

dylzaree's avatar

i honestly don’t know how to lay it.

gondwanalon's avatar

I’m learning how to play the didgeridoo. The three things that you must master in order to play the didge are: Buzz your lips, circular breathing, and using your vocal cords.

Buzzing the lips and circular breathing is easy to master. The hard part is buzzing your vocal cords.

Buzzing the lips and buzzing the vocal cords at the same time is how you get the weird and infinitely varied distinctly didgeridoo sounds.

Good luck!

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