Digeridoo - New Zealand


Purchased in New Zealand, 1999

From Graciela's Notes

This is one of mankind’s oldest instruments and is still played today by Australia’s aborigines. It is best known as a native instrument in Australia where one of its native names is Yidaki and it is a sacred instrument used for music and meditation. But it is also found in Papua, New Guinea, in Brazil, Africa and more recently in Ireland. The infinite possibilities for self-expression on the "didge" is a major reason why this ancient instrument is enjoying newfound popularity with professional musicians. Eucalyptus is a popular wood for making this instrument but this one is made of kilm-dried bamboo. The length is usually 48" -54" but it can be longer. It is a difficult instrument to play and does require quite of bit of training. The following will give you an idea of how to play it. To play you must flap your lips very loosely while pressing the into the didjeridoo. This can produce a resonant buzzing sound that is the basic tone. Once you’ve accomplished that, you can go to other sounds. One way to change the sound is by contracting your cheeks in and out while continuing to flap your lips. Or you may also push your tongue back and forth within your mouth, but not so far forward that you stop the flow of air out of your mouth. Sounds hard, doesn’t it? The mysterious, unmistakable tremors of the didgeridoo produce an echo of the human spirit. Traditional legend has it that the didgeridoo was used to sound the world into form. Instrument purchased at a festival of Maori and Australian Aboriginal dances in Wellington, New Zealand in March 1994.

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