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“How To Play a Didgeridoo in Three Easy Steps”

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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