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Anyone play didgeridoo?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by BboogieXVII, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. BboogieXVII


    Feb 4, 2013
    I'm looking at getting a didgeridoo for fun, relaxation, meditation and maybe even for use at some acoustic jam situations or for recording. If anyone has experience with the different brands or materials or playing tutorials feel free to recommend something.

    Probably not going to get a bamboo one because of the possibility of splitting, and would probably like to get an inexpensive instrument, so I imagine I will probably either get a quality used one or a new fiberglass or plastic type.

    I did find this place, The Didgeridoo Store seems they have some reasonably priced instruments.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2015
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  2. My son made one out of PVC pipe and used it for a college presentation. The crowd loved it.
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  3. AlexanderB


    Feb 25, 2007
    If I played didgeridoo (which I don't do) I would definitely not let anyone know, especially online! ;)
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  4. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    As a start, I got a nice plastic (PVC? ABS?) unit from LA OutBack.
    Came with some 'starter stuff' including an instructional DVD which I found incredibly helpful.
    Although I've always liked the sound, I got into it originally since it's sometimes suggested as an aid for snoring.
    I think getting my allergy meds calibrated helped that more than anything, but it's still a fun thing...
  5. I tried to learn the circular breathing / sputtering thing with a vacuum cleaner hose. No dice. Suggest investing in PVC first.
  6. BboogieXVII


    Feb 4, 2013
    Found this didgeridoo duet on the tube, it's pretty cool really but yeah I can understand if it's not for everyone. They start playing at around 50 seconds in. Enjoy the clip.
  7. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Is that the like the same ability needed to play the bagpipes?
  8. Nah, the bag provides a reservoir, must have a non return valve for the filler.
  9. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    But you have to keep the bag full with pressure at the same time you play, no?
  10. I think not. Bagpipes were popular in my home town and I never heard of circular breathing to keep them going. It is all big mouth breathing afaik.
  11. jasmangan


    Jul 13, 2008
    I play a little bit. You have to get a handle on the circular breathing or it's just a series of exhales. Use the air in your cheeks as a reservoir and blow out while you breath in with your nose.
  12. the harp unstrung

    the harp unstrung They’s only two things that money can’t buy... Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2014
    On The Bus
    We're going to New Zealand!!! We're going to New Zealand!!! January 2016!!! The North Island... It's ROADTRIP time!!!
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  13. Manichga


    Aug 13, 2013
    That made me laugh.
  14. BazzTard

    BazzTard Banned

    Don't forget to pop into Adelaide on your way home for a frothy with Bazzy !

    My best didgeridoo experience was when I was managing a band that played at a country town's Easter weekend fair. As the sun was setting I noticed a brother in the crowd with a didg. I asked him if he would like to play with the band. Picture this, the sun setting behind the stage and mountain range as a lone didgeridoo starts pulsing as the band quietly joins in. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up at that moment. I get goosebumps just remembering it.
    I dunno, but something doesn't feel right about a non-aboriginal playing a didg. . I feel like we are imposing on their culture kinda. Though in another way,maybe it's also promoting their culture. Argh I can't even agree with myself hehe
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  15. the harp unstrung

    the harp unstrung They’s only two things that money can’t buy... Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2014
    On The Bus
    The western suburbs of Sydney...2005. I walk into a music store looking for a pair clicking sticks, and play about for a few minutes. I picked out the pair I wanted to buy and then wander over toward the didgeridoos...all looking very 'native'...and the guy says ...and this is burned into my memory... "Jesus, mate, every white boy with a hundred dollars thinks he can play the didg. You don't wanna be one of those wankers, mate. enjoy the sticks." AND I DO! :) You are right...something doesn't feel right about a white boy playing a didg. I'm so glad I didn't try to wedge myself into that cultural space. I played those sticks just this week! They are a joy...
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  16. BazzTard

    BazzTard Banned

    HEHE that is the most authentic aussie quote I've read in ages,that's exactly how we would say it rotfl :roflmao:
  17. White fulla playing drum'n'bass is to Aboriginal ears like punk rock would be to a Renaissance man, doesn't negate it as musical expression.

    I think the main issue for the northern Aboriginals is the pillaging of the resource of termite hollowed gum trees by whities.
  18. Google didgeribone by Charlie McMahon
  19. drumsnbass

    drumsnbass Bassic User

    Dec 13, 2004
    Phoenix AZ area
    They made it work...


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  20. To an Aboriginal of the northern regions the instrument has lyrical and melodic expression which an outsider has no hope of replicating. To them it sounds like a kid banging on a ukulele when a foreigner makes sounds with one.

    But so what? The horse long bolted and the instrument is being played all around the world now. Just don't pretend to be authentic.
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