UncategorizedDidgeridoo and circular breathing demystified

The didgeridoo is a beautiful indigenous Australian instrument that the aborigines play in their sound ceremonies to tell their dreamtime. They make nature sounds to replicate dingos, kangaroos, kookaburras, etc. I love it because it’s one of the oldest wind instruments in the world (over 5000 years) and doesn’t require complicated fingering. It’s all about the breath, baby. I want to honor this aboriginal instrument and where it comes from.

Didgeridoos are hollow and are made of eucalyptus (original), bamboo, agave, yucca, oak, glass, and even PVC pipe. You can make a huge variety of sounds through the didge through using your tongue, cheeks, jaw, diaphragm, voiced sounds, and more.

What makes the didgeridoo so special is circular breathing. This process isn’t as hard as you might think. It requires strong cheek back pressure, an engaged diaphragm, and the right timing. Basically, as you take a quick inhale of air through the nose, you squeeze air with strong cheek muscles out your mouth. I learned how to circular breathe playing with a straw in water, and it took me 3 weeks. I’ve had some students learn in a couple lessons, and some take months. The best advice is not to think too much but build up your muscles and work on timing as you practice in a regular rhythm.

Hit me up if you would like a lesson. Happy blowing!

Photos by Alison Christiana, Stani Photography, Gaby Esensten, Graham Holoch, Rucha Chitnis, Jamil Hellu, Awake Storytelling, Caitlin Hannan, Kai Lai

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