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The History of the Didjeridoo


APPLICATIONS OF TECHNIQUES

Place your top lip to the inner top of the mouth piece section ensuring that the mouth piece is fully sealed.

With lips relaxed and pursed together blow a slow continuous breath allowing them to vibrate. This is the foundation sound. Continual practise of this sound is essential before moving on.

For variations in tone with tongue and vocals can now be introduced.

TONGUE: Basic variations are produced by the flicking of the tongue from the roof of the mouth to the back of the top lip. An exercise for obtaining this sound is by vocally repeating the phrase: dit-moor, dit-moor, dit-moor. Observe the movement of the tongue within this exercise. Now practise this phrase whilst playing the didjeridoo. This phrase can then be expanded by adding a variation of tongue flicking movements.

VOCALS: To produce the mimicking animal and bird calls practise making the sounds first, for example a dog howling, a bird calling and many others. Now to apply this to the didjeridoo again practise these sounds without moving the lips. When making these sounds through the didjeridoo it is important to note the sounds are made by the vocal chords only. This is then combined with the foundation sound as made by blowing to form a composition.