An Introduction to Didgeridoo — What It Is and How to Play It

Beatboxing is a type of art in the form of music, but before there was even beatboxing, there was a musical instrument called the didgeridoo — a wind instrument that originated in Australia. It is a long tube-like structure made of hardwood and it has a wax mouthpiece to keep the air sealed when being played. Traditional didgeridoos are made using eucalyptus barks but contemporary ones are now made of various materials, such as PVC. It also differs in sizes and shapes, each emitting a certain pitch, treble, or sound.

A didgeridoo is played by placing and fitting the lips into the mouthpiece before releasing air from the diaphragm. The vibration of the lips also helps change the sound produced by the instrument, creating a melody as one fuses the different tones together. The sound made as a person plays the digeridoo is called “drone,” while the special way of releasing and gathering air inside the lungs is called “circular breathing.” Circular breathing is the process of effectively circulating air inside the body to create an uninterrupted flow while playing the instrument. There are several classes, and not just in Australia, that offer lessons on how to play the didgeridoo, as well as how to help preserve the ancient Australian tradition and make it flourish.

Although it is well recognized today locally, the digeridoo still has a long way to go when it comes to making itself known to many people around the world, especially artists. There are still quite a lot of misconceptions about it, hindering people from trying it out on their own. One common misconception is that a person cannot play the instrument without learning circular breathing. While such a technique enhances one’s ability to produce more creative and symphonic sounds, one ordinary breath is enough to play different drones. Contrary to what most people believe, playing the instrument is not very complex, considering that breathing is an activity a person performs all the time.

Another common mistake people make about the didgeridoo is that one requires formal lessons in order to play it with utmost efficiency. It is a fact that a person can unleash his or her full potential in playing the instrument faster and with more accuracy by enrolling in didgeridoo classes, but one can also help their education progress by browsing through online videos and reading articles to learn the ways of playing the didgeridoo. No one is ever too old to learn how to play the instrument. Not only is it entertaining and beneficial to a person’s emotional health, but it also contributes to the promotion of art in today’s society.

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