The Didgeridoo (eBook + Online Audio)
The didgeridoo is an ancient instrument of the Aborigines of Australia, but the discovery of its rhythmic and harmonic richness has only been in the West for a few years. This work gives all the essential advice needed to test, appreciate and buy a didgeridoo. The many exercises and sound samples given on the audio lets you appreciate the acoustic qualities and playing potential of the didgeridoo. Includes access to online audio.
Product Number:
20194BCDEB
Format:
eBook + Online Audio
Skill Level:
Beginning
Pages:
64
Binding:
eBook
ISBN:
1-6106-5135-9
ISBN13:
978-16106-5135-6
Publisher:
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Date Published:
1/24/2011
The didgeridoo is an ancient instrument of the Aborigines of Australia, but the discovery of its rhythmic and harmonic richness has only been in the West for a few years. This work gives all the essential advice needed to test, appreciate and buy a didgeridoo. The many exercises and sound samples given on the audio lets you appreciate the acoustic qualities and playing potential of the didgeridoo. Includes access to online audio.

The Origin of the Didgeridoo

Testing, Appreciating, and Buying a Didgeridoo 

If You Are Looking For Your First Didgeridoo

If You Already Have a Didgeridoo 

Maintaining Your Didgeridoo

Transporting Your Didgeridoo

Repairing Your Didgeridoo

The Musical Qualities of a Didgeridoo  

Its Musical Quality

The Root Note 

The Basic Harmonic or “2nd Note”  

The Overall Harmonic Richness: A Polyphonic Impression 

The Timbre  

The Sound of a Tube 

The Nasal Sound 

Heavy Sound vs. Bright Sound 

Clear Sound vs. Resonant Sound 

The Acoustic Qualities of the Didgeridoo  

Volume and Power 

The Spaciousness of the Sound 

The Playing Potential  

Air Column Resistance (ACR) 

Playing Speed  

The Ability to Use Effects  

Ease of Playing  

The Types of Didgeridoos  

Summary: Criteria for Choosing a Didgeridoo 

PLAYING THE DIDGERIDOO  

The Basics 

Playing Position 

Play from the Front or from the Side?  

The Root Note 

The Mouthpiece 

What Type of Wax Do We Use?  

How Do We Apply It?  

What Shape Do We Give the Mouthpiece? 

Some Forms of Mouthpieces 

The Returning Sound 

The First Tones 

The “OO-EE” 

Positions Between “OO” and “EE” 

The Basic Rhythm Sounds

The “WOOAH” 

The Jump of the Kangaroo  

Playing 

Circular Breathing  

Abdominal Breathing 

Rhythm and the Rhythms 

The Main Effects  

Singing  

Shouts  

High and Low Pressure  

Overtones 

The “Oof!”  

Further Development  

Some Advice for Advancing  

Building a Piece (Composing) 

Starting  

Continuing  

And Finishing  

Playing with Others  

Accompaniment with Clap Sticks  

APPENDICES 

Didgeridoo Rhythms: Transcriptions of Didgeridoo Music 

Didgeridoo Discography  

 
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