We’ve all got a “Dad Talent”. What’s yours? Here is how to play a didgeridoo in three easy steps.
The didgeridoo is a wind instrument created by Indigenous Australians of North Australia around 1,500 years ago and still in use today all around the world. Also know as a a “drone pipe, it is sometimes described as a natural wooden trumpet , though scholarly musicologists classify it as a brass aerophone.
1. Find a didgeridoo. It takes some practice, but playing a didgeridoo can be a really fun, relaxing and unique form of music. The journey starts first in finding a didgeridoo. Search eclectic music stores locally, drum shops, or online. Pick one that has artwork you enjoy, most are decorated uniquely, and come in a variety of materials, though wood is the most common.
2. “Sigh” like you are a horse. Get your mouth wet, your lips loose, and be ready to breathe. Hold the didgeridoo in front of you and place the mouthpiece at a slight angle, though firmly to the corner of your mouth. Loosen your lips and blow through making them vibrate, just like a horse.
3. Play your didgeridoo. Practice makes perfect. Note how changing the speed of your breath, the placement of your tongue and how humming can effect the sound. Find a tone you like and try to keep it going. Breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth is a technique called circular breathing, and is used by talented didgeridoo players. I have never mastered that myself, but I still enjoy to play the “didge”.
Have fun with this unique instrument, and enjoy your new “Dad-Talent.”
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