Learn all the technics you need to have fun with your didgeridoo!


I wrote this ebook for all the beginners (and intermediate) didgeridoo players who feel lost and doesn’t know where to begin or to go…

If you are in this situation, you should have a look to this ebook (and its mp3)! 🙂

I want to know more!

Whether you are just beginning to play the didgeridoo or are an intermediate player, you are surely faced with many common pitfalls. It seems you’ve ended up with an instrument in your hands and you do not really know what to do with it. You can quickly feel isolated in your practice. Indeed, even with the internet, information on the didgeridoo remains very restrictive. It’s hard to get access to tips from experienced didgeridoo players. And we find ourselves stuck, without knowing how to advance in our learning.

So you blow and you run out of breath without understanding how to do it properly. You do not really know if you are developing good or bad habits or if your sound is right. It goes without saying that mastering continuous breath – or circular breathing – remains a great mystery to all beginners. And just playing continuously isn’t the whole thing; it is still necessary to know what to do with that! 🙂

Finally, if you are an intermediate player, you might feel that despite a few months or a few years of practice you may lack a solid foundation. So you go around in circles with your habits. You watch videos on Youtube and you truly cannot understand how these players can play all these rhythms!

This guide is here to help you unlock all these traps.

I organized it in eleven separate and progressive lessons. You can, for example, discover or improve the basics of your drone in the first lesson or go directly to the next lesson depending on your level. I have tried to explain how to play the didgeridoo in simple and understandable terms.

The guide I am selling here is not a book of simple tips and tricks. It’s not that at all. Of course, you will find a few and they are always good to take. What I mean to say is that this book is a complete methodology for learning or improving your didgeridoo playing.

My goal is that the complete novice and the intermediate player alike can find all they need in the 117 pages that make up the guide.

And you will do that step by step, at your own pace and without any prior musical knowledge!

With these eleven lessons, you will be able to master all the basics of didgeridoo. Most notably, they will allow you to:

  • go beyond the limits that blocks your playing
  • discover specific techniques such as tongue attacks or master the harmonics
  • master your breathing so that it becomes an asset in the composition of your songs and not a hinderance!

In short, you will finally progress quickly with the help of this book!

When I started the didgeridoo, it was not easy for me either! It was the beginning of the 2000s, the internet was still in its infancy and information circulated much less quickly than it does today.

Yet, I had the desire to learn more and more. So I went to meet the players, I asked a thousand and one questions about the operation of the instrument, and I played over and over.

Impassioned, I quickly progressed. I then started to get noticed in the sphere of French and European didgeridoo playing. And since 2008, the didgeridoo has become my job. I regularly give masterclasses and concerts in France and all over Europe: Paris, Barcelona, ​​Milan, Lisbon, Budapest, Berlin, London, Moscow … .

All these experiences allowed me to enrich my teaching. Indeed, I had to adapt to each scenario in order to remain innovative in my pedagogical approach. A real challenge!

In 2011, I released my first didgeridoo guide which quickly became the go-to reference in France. Since 2013, I have really developed my private lessons. I have given lessons to hundreds of players. I noted all the remarks, pitfalls and other tips I observed in each lesson.

In 2017, it was time to completely review the first version of my method. In addition to rewriting everything (I only kept about 10% of the first guide), I naturally enriched it with all my observations from recent years.

My goal for this book is to share what I have learned about the didgeridoo since the early 2000s with as many players as possible.

Guide contents


The guide is split into two main parts.

Part 1 | The essential basics (18 pages)


Many players stop playing the didgeridoo because they simply did not get off on the right foot. As you will have understood, I consider the didgeridoo a musical instrument in its own right. And as a musical instrument, one needs to have a solid technical base to play it. This 1st part is here for that. You will develop a good foundation so you can get off to a good start. In this part you will find:

Chapitre A | The didgeridoo’s place in history

From the traditional didgeridoo of the Australian Aborigines to the contemporary didgeridoo.

Chapitre B | How to choose your didgeridoo

When we start we do not even know which way to look! This chapter will give you concrete advice to make the right choice and avoid the classic traps that snare beginners!

Chapitre C | Essential theoretical foundations

Above all, music is rhythm! You will need a bit of structure to anchor your practice. Here you will discover my advice and tricks in regard to:

  • the metronome – essential to develop rhythm.
  • your posture – often forgotten, it is nevertheless the basic foundation of any self-respecting didgeridoo player!
  • the 4 musical terms to know in order to begin!

All of these tips will give you a solid foundation that will support your playing. At this point, you can calmly start learning the didgeridoo without the fear of having to start all over again from the beginning in a few months … .



Part 2 | It’s your turn! (79 pages)


And voila… We made it! You now get to practice!
As I told you, my experience led me to think about learning didgeridoo around a specific methodology. What interests me first and foremost is to help you concretely with your playing. So I have grouped together the main techniques necessary to progress in the didgeridoo.
Thus, you will discover the 11 following lessons in this second part:

Lesson 1 | How to play your first didgeridoo sound

Learn and master the drone, a basic too often neglected by players, and yet so important!

Lesson 2 | How to refine your drone with your harmonics

Learn why it is essential to know and master the harmonics. You will find exercises adapted to your level in order to optimize your results.

Lesson 3 | Circular breath – or how to play without ever stopping!

Circular breath will no longer remain a secret. After this lesson, you will understand everything about circular breathing: from theory to practice!

Lesson 4 | Lighten your breathing with your belly!

Abdominal breathing is essential to be able to practice the didgeridoo in a relaxed way. You will integrate it easily thanks to the practical exercises in this 4th lesson…

Lesson 5 | Develop your intuitive playing

Keen senses are essential to creativity. Learn to let yourself be carried away in your playing. You will be surprised what you will discover!

Lesson 6 | Attacks: give rhythm to your sequences!

Lesson 6 is devoted to “attacks”. Here I dissect all the indispensable basics on the attacks: their differences, their specificities, when to play them. In short, I offer you all the advice I can so that your rhythms get richer!

Lesson 7 | Play your first rhythms!

With all the knowledge and techniques you’ve accumulated, the quality of your compositions will be evident. This chapter will give you a little more direction towards your autonomy.

Lesson 8 | Discover percussion with overtones

The overtones will bring an unprecedented depth to your playing … but you still need to master them! With this lesson, all you have to do is follow the exercises step by step!

Lesson 9 | Multi-drone or slow motion

Multi-drones are too often forgotten. But they are an element that can really make a difference in the way you play!

Lesson 10 | How to sing in your didgeridoo

What if you learned to sing in your didgeridoo? Find out how in this lesson.

Lesson 11 | Compose your own rhythms

It’s now up to you to compose! One last lesson before you take the leap! These last exercises and tips will allow you to stand firmly in your didgeridoo practice!

As you can see, this guide is a practical summary of my 15 years of didgeridoo experience. You simply have to follow the lessons step by step to benefit from this experience.

What users say


“I started Gauthier’s new guide in an effort to re-start my learning from scratch. The flow is very progressive, precise and detailed. The “tips and mistakes” help to re-frame (the lessons) and the drawings help to demonstrate precise positioning. In comparison to guides I have already read, the guide is clearer and infinitely more precise and complete.”
Dominique G. — playing for 1 and a half years —
“Gauthier’s guide is very methodical and pleasant to read. I really enjoy it, so much so that I do some exercises every day! You can also refer to sounds recorded in MP3 to understand the exercises and the expected results. The tips for choosing a didgeridoo are also great. This guide is very comprehensive for beginners. Approaching it methodically, I am on lesson 5 at the end of a month. But all in due course. It’s a real pleasure to learn and discover the exercises step by step. ”
Jacques L. – Player for 1 month
“An incomparable pedagogy; a complete, innovative, playful and very wise teaching. I recommend this book to all didgeridoo players.
I have immense gratitude for this unparalleled and generous work.”
Lauren B. — player for 10 months —

“Gauthier’s guide is great. The harmonics, the drone, the position of the body, etc., etc., are top-notch. I made progress in just a few days! I started from scratch and I already have a good sensation with the circular breath. It’s motivating! The audio tracks are a real plus, they allow me to compare my results and to adjust accordingly. I read the first four chapters and it’s already done quite a lot. Just with that I have a good deal to work on for several months!”
Lionel S. — player for 1 month —
“Gauthier’s new method is great. Since getting it I have leapt ahead. It had been months since I stagnated and circled and did not know what to do to overcome an obstacle.
His advice allowed me to be released from this cycle. There is still much to discover, but it gives me great satisfaction to have been able to cross this stage and to get on the road again.”
Elizabeth B. — player for 2 years —


Easy Reading


Illustrative diagrams

A drawing often says more than thousands of words! In this guide you will find more than 60 diagrams and photos. I even added the pictures of the MRI I had done with my didgeridoo. These will show you the position of the tongue for the principle harmonics. This should help you better visualize the hidden world of the didgeridoo!

It gets even better with sound!

Above all, music is sound! Naturally, this method is accompanied by 95 audio tracks. You will be able to listen to the exercises and reproduce them thereafter. You can also play the rhythms at the same time as the recording. This should help you nail down the beat! 🙂

Wakatoo gives you the rhythm

In 2012, I created the Wakatoo card game to help players develop their own rhythms on the didgeridoo. All the rhythms of the method are written in this language. Thus, if you are more of a visual than an auditory learner, Wakatoo will help you better understand the rhythms.

Reading music for those who know how!

Do you know how to read music already? Do not panic ! There is more than Wakatoo in life. 🙂 You will find the 60 rhythms written the traditional way in the back of the guide!

Let’s summarize!


3 Chapters

to introduce you to the world of didgeridoo

11 Lessons

with a progressive difficulty

95 Audio Tracks

demonstrating the rhythms and the exercises

60 Rhythms

to play, listen to, and to read

50 Exercises based

on a progressive and didactic approach



Ebook only + audio tracks

49 €

  • Ebook (PDF 117 pages)
  • 95 audio tracks (mp3)
  • Album Terre inconnue (mp3)
  • Album Renaissance (mp3)
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Acknowledgements

I would like to thank the Australian Aborigines from the bottom of my heart. Without them none of this could be possible.
The fact that we can play the didgeridoo today is all thanks to them. Thank you.