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!
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:
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.
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!
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.