How to Play a Didgeridoo

Didgeridoo is a wind instrument and was developed by original inhabitants of the Australian continent more than 15 centuries ago. Even after such a long time, didgeridoo is still used in most parts of the world as a musical instrument. In modern times, the average length of a didgeridoo can vary from 1 to 3 metres. Playing this unique musical instrument can be fun, especially after you have mastered the basics. Of course it will require some practice. Here is how you can master the drone which is the basic note in didgeridoo.

Instructions

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    Sit down in a comfortable and relaxed position. This way you will be able to drone more easily for an extended period of time than the time duration for which you could have droned while standing.

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    Before you attempt to play the didgeridoo, relax your facial muscles, loosen up your lips and drink some water to wet your mouth. Take a few deep breaths and focus on your mind on the task at hand.

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    Place the didgeridoo that you want to play directly in front of you and hold it nice and steady. You might want to hold the farther end of the didgeridoo in between your feet if you feel comfortable that way.

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    Determine the style in which you would like to play the didgeridoo. You may want to place the playing end of the didgeridoo directly in the middle of your lips or off to one of the sides. Both styles have their own benefits so choose the style which makes you feel more comfortable.

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    Further relax your lips and blow through the didgeridoo’s playing end by vibrating your lips in the same way a horse does soon after drinking a large amount of water in one go.

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    Seal the mouth piece of the didgeridoo with your lips. Avoid putting too much pressure so that your lips may room enough to move just a little bit.

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    Start blowing through the mouthpiece. At the beginning, you may make some ugly noises. If that is the case, adjust the tightness of your lips around the mouthpiece until you find the right note.

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    If the notes being produced sound similar to that of a trumpet, further loosen your lips and blow into the mouthpiece less hard. In order to get the drone started, it would be better not to hum into the didgeridoo’s tube.

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    Once you have found the right vibration, the didgeridoo would produce a low, rumbled note. Try to maintain this note as long as your breath allows you. This note is called the drone.

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