I never actually practiced an instrument but recently I had the urge to do so. Mostly because my friends all started playing the guitar recently. After listening to Xavier Rudd (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouVDCogggKI) live in Amsterdam a week ago, I was so impressed with the sound and simplicity of the didgeridoo, that I decided that is going to be my instrument of choice. (it actually has a very nice meditation effect aswell since you have to be very conscious of your breathing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circular_breathing)
Are there any other didgeridoo players out here?
@martijn, I’ve got a didg, I’m not that good at playing it but I know how to rythmic breath. It is a very unique sound, I’ve seen some really good performances in my time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCIA8LE9X9A&feature=fvwrel
I settled on the same instrument for the same reasons, too behind my guitar friends to follow sheet music and learn a bunch of notes. I figure a good droning didge would be the perfect intro instrument to rhythm and music. I’ve read about the breathing techniques too and the challenge sounds fun, I’ve been looking to exercise my throat and vocal muscles anyway. A friend of mine said it really is more difficult than it seems, that it’s more than just the breathing, you have to be able to make specific shapes with your mouth and all that.
Still seems perfect for me :) I’ve been waiting to pickup a legit didge from Australia; I hear they can get super dirty and smelly so I’ll wanna keep mine clean. Let me know how your first experiences go.
@trek79, You practice alot? I was suspecting you might have one, mister aboriginal feet ;)
@masonx7, I use these instruction to learn how to, I find it quite difficult now (I am still at step 1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thStjYf14cU&feature=related
@hlalhabattu, That sound therapy looks amazing indeed. I love the ‘earthy’ deep sound and the resonating of the whole body when done right.
@versai, For the time being I borrowed a bamboo didg from my neighbour, which has actually quite a decent sound. However, I will be travelling through Asia for 6 months in oktober so I have to find a way to bring one with me, so I might get a slide one made from carbon or so.
I can hold a constant drone and do some (bad) animal sounds. I am working on my circular breath, but that’s quite hard for now.
You’re going to Australia just for a didg? or are you ordering one? In that case, how do you know it suits you? (It’s like picking out a magical wand, so I’ve heard).
And how do you clean it?
Didgeriydoo is by far the best instrument to feel the resonance to the earth:) I haven’t tried one in a while and I was actually taught how too as a kid but I was too busy playing in the bush to really appreciate it. It’s very good for your breathing:) It’s like amplified throat singing:)
@beyond, I am not playing it to compose, I am playing it to feel connected with the spirit of the land. I want my whole being to resonate with it. Only then music has meaning to me. And I haven’t had that feeling with any other instrument (so far).
@beyond, Ah, I see, that’s awesome though. A lot of people don’t even know what a mandolin is. Interesting little tid bit, mandolin run deep in my family history. I’m of italian-austrian heritage and the austrian side of my family used to ALL play mandolin. No joke, the whole family. There’s a picture somewhere of about 30 of my ancestors, of all ages, all posing outside with their mandolins. If I’m able to find it I will upload it. It’s cool to see something like that, you know?
How much are you into classic rock – Led Zeppelin? Jimmy Page played a meaaaan mandolin.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUiy_6hI-xU The battle of evermore.
@martijn, Wow, 6 months in Asia sounds amazing. I have a friend traveling there now (through India) and another friend in Australia. They’ve both offered to have souvenir’s brought back, and I’m so tempted to have one of them either bring back a sitar or a didg.
It would be nice to choose it out myself, but at this point I know so little I’d be happy just to get the opportunity to practice, even if it were on a neighbor’s. Not sure how to clean them, but I’m sure they’ve got something. When I played sax they had a little rag-bob that you could plumb through the tube, absorb some of that saliva.
How does a slide-didg compare to a normal one?
@versai, Just make one yourself, a simple one from PVC, so you can practice your breathing etc. Most of this you need to do without instrument anyway.
I only just heard something like it exists, have to do some research first, but you can slide it and probably change the tone, and you can also bring it with travelling.
@martijn, My cousin plays all sorts of unique instruments and the didgeridoo is one of them. Another cool sounding instrument he plays is this drum-thingy:
The description calls it a HandPan but I can’t remember if that’s what my cousins called it or not, lol.
Anyway, both instruments are super cool and chill sounding. I think the didgeridoo is my favorite, so have fun with it!
@beyond, You’re welcome for the video! But yeah man it is rather epic. When I first saw it I couldn’t help but to continue looking at it hahaha I’ll have to get it from my uncles house, he lives in a town over. I’ll scan or take a picture of it. I will do that within the coming two weeks, actually!
@beyond, Simplicity, Sasho, simplicity. You’re overlooking it.
@martijn, A PVC pipe? Technically, that isn’t a dijeridoo, now is it?
But it would be dissonant of me to diss the simplicity of that pipe. You can make music with just about anything, it’s fun. If you want a makeshift dijeridoo I’m 99% certain you have it at home already, the tube for your hoover.