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How to get a good didgeridoo sound?

Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 in Articles, News

(Question)

Hey Didge Breath

I was wondering what is the best platform to play on? I know hard surfaces are the best to project the sound. Is there anything in particular that can be used so you can really hear the didge. The rug in my room really dulls things down haha.

Mike

(Answer)

Mike, you have to lose the rug!

Rugs, carpets, sand, grass and air all steal you Didgeridoo sound, you may as well be playing into a pillow or underwater! Read the rest of this entry »

Australian Aboriginal Art, Facts, History & Information

Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 in Articles, Info & Education

Australian Aboriginal Art PaintingsIndigenous Australian art today is recognized throughout Australia and the world for its strength and vitality. Australian Aboriginal Art has come from traditions that emphasizes the continuous links between Indigenous art, place and “The Dreaming” – the central core of Indigenous Law and religion.

ACRYLIC PAINTINGS

Acrylic paintings are a relatively new form incorporating the classic elements of Aboriginal Life. They represent a person’s relationship to those around them, to the land and to the Dreaming. They also represent a new context of interaction between indigenous and western societies. Through modern art the Aboriginal people introduce and express their culture to the world.

CONTEMPORARY ART

Acrylic paintings by Central Australian Aboriginal people is one of the most exciting developments in modern Australian Art. Read the rest of this entry »

No more Sleep Apnoea and Snoring by playing the didgeridoo!

Posted: Friday, March 12, 2010 in Articles, News

Learning to play the Didgeridoo can significantly improve your quality of life!

“In one person, the apnoea-hypopnoea index decreased from 17 to 2.” (BMJ – British Medical Journal, 23 December 2005)

Fun, simple and proven relief by learning to play the didgeridoo, is now available for everybody!

Its BIG and wonderful news… learning to play the Didgeridoo is medically proven to relieve snoring and sleep apnoea with startling results!
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Didgeridoo, digerido, dijeridoo, didgeredoo, digeridu… how do you spell it anyway??

Posted: Friday, February 19, 2010 in Articles, Info & Education, News

What I am about to tell you may come as a surprise! The word didgeridoo is not an aboriginal word for the instrument. That is why you can find it spelled so many different ways, such as digerido, dijeridoo, didgeredoo, didgeredoo, didgiridoo, didjerido, digereedoo, didjeridou, diggery doo, dijerido and even more!

If we take a look back in time it is evident that the word didgeridoo is only around 100 years old, where as the instrument itself is reportedly 40,000 years old.
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Mark Atkins Didgeridoo Workshop

Posted: Friday, October 30, 2009 in Articles, Didge Workshops, News

A huge thanks to Mark Atkins who dropped into Didgeridoo Breath recently and ran a didgeridoo workshop for the lucky locals!

It was a fantastic workshop, featuring the almighty strengthening technique of playing didgeridoo, submersed in a bucket of water, continuously. I was sweating just watching!

For those of you who are not familiar with Mark, he is an incredibly powerful didgeridoo player. He visits Europe every summer to perform and also run didgeridoo workshops. Mark has some music available also.

Check out Mark’s MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/markyidakiatkins

Thanks again Mark, and catch you soon!

The Didge Breath Crew

Mark Atkins Didgeridoo Workshop

Mark Atkins Didgeridoo Workshop

And the Stix winner is…

Posted: Monday, June 15, 2009 in Articles, News

The time has come… the sleepless nights are over… are you ready to find out who the winner of the superb quality Stix Didgeridoo is?…

The hugest congratulations go to Chris from Washington State, USA!

Chris is now the proudest owner of a superb Stix Didgeridoo!

“I’m sending out a very special HowdeeDoodleeDoo to all my fellow didgeheads… why you might ask??? Because I’m the PROUD WINNER OF THE STIX DIDGE DRAWING…. I’m here to tell ya I about crapped my pants when I heard I won this little gem… I’M SOOOOO STOKED!!!!!
Man this baby practically plays itself… it’s sooooo responsive and effortless to play… it’s like being with an intimate lover, you just kinda become one with it… there are NO words that can do this bad boy justice… you have to play it yourself to Really Truly Appreciate This Work Of Art… simply put… it’s “FRICKIN AWESOME”!!!

Thanks DidgeBreath Crew… from the VERY Proud Winner Of The STIX Drawing

Chris Williamson – Washington State, USA”

Sanshi’s Diary – Rripangu Yirdaki Masterclass 2009

Posted: Monday, June 15, 2009 in Articles, News

Hi, it’s Sanshi from Didge Breath here!

This year I attended the 2009 Rripangu Yirdaki Masterclass!

Click here to check out my photos and diary.

John Butler Plays Happy Drum at Didgeridoo Breath

Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 in Articles, New Products, News, Videos

A friendly face returned to visit us today, a regular Fremantle visitor and friend of Didgeridoo Breath for a long time. John Butler dropped through to say hi and check out the latest offerings of Didgeridoo Breath.
It didn’t take long for John and Niki to discover the newest and most amazing instrument in town, the Happy Drum.
I was upstairs in the store and I heard two “Happy Drums” being played like I had never heard them before! Cool, fast, in tune, in time, with pulsing rhythmic percussive dynamics. I almost floated out of my chair down the stairs to check out who was responsible for these sweet, happening melodies.
It was a huge pleasure and surprise to see John laughing and grooving as he pumped out some awesome “Happy Drum” improv. Within seconds Niki (drummer) and Byron (bass) joined in and that was it, game on for the next half an hour. It was happy drum heaven!
Now, I know that a man as talented as our John could make baked bean cans sound impressive, but you have no idea how easily he jumped on and played these Happy Drums.
We asked John if he was happy for us to take a short video while he was playing, and he was, so here it is…

The recording sound quality is not great, but you can see the smiles and judge for yourself if these “Happy Drums” are fun to play!
We are always thankful when John drops in, today was a quiet day in Fremantle but it was a bright day for all of us as Sanshi joined in the jam with Didgeridoo and Jesse with the egg shakers…. Yep today we had a ball. Can you feel it, I am still smiling.
Thanks John, our doors are always open, we thank you for sharing your time and music with us, today is a day to remember. Thank you Niki and Byron for your smiles, conversation and laughs> Today your company was another blessing to all of the Didgeridoo Breath Family.
John Butler is an independent artist of Global recognition, but he is also a warm and humble man to be around. If you ever get the chance to see John Butler perform live, we recommend it HIGHLY. Take the opportunity to see this incredibly talented and grounded musical inspiration play.
John has taken two “Happy Drums” with him, whether they go on tour or are for his home, friends or family, doesn’t really matter, what does matter is that we all get behind this amazing young man in his efforts to share music and message to the globe.
Again thank you John, today has been a great day for all of us, bless you.

john-butler-happy-drum

john-butler-happy-drum

Didgeridoo Music that Tells Stories

Posted: Friday, April 24, 2009 in Articles, News, Other, Uncategorized

Hi,

I am introducing indigenous culture through aboriginal story-telling, art and music to teachers as part of Korean Ministry of Education English In-service Training.

I have just purchased one of your plastic didges to do some demo work with the teachers and was wondering if you could suggest appropriate didge music (not techno version) for my trainees. As I am sure they will be interested in my recommendation.

Reply….

As far as story telling goes I love Ash Dargans Territory http://www.didgeridoobreath.com/product_p/cd-310.htm Ash is an Aboriginal Didgeridoo player and this CD tells 13 different stories from the Northern Territory. Each little story has a short description on the inside cover to help set the scene for the listener. I love it. It does have other instruments playing, all played by ash, a little percussion and flute, but the Didgeridoo is by far the dominant instrument, a wonderful album. You can hear the crocodile, see through the eye of the eagle, tread carefully around sacred ground and much more.

The other choice which is solo Didgeridoo without any other instruments is the Ash Dirt and Dust album. Not telling any distinct story but powerful raw didgeridoo playing, this is a very popular album for anybody chasing just the range of amazing sounds of the Didgeridoo. http://www.didgeridoobreath.com/product_p/cd-ashdustdirt.htm

Either of these albums I would highly recommend.

Tony

How to Fix Didgeridoo Cracks?

Posted: Monday, April 6, 2009 in Articles, News

Good news, dealing with cracks is very simple and is a part of owning and playing didgeridoos. Here are a couple of great articles in our online knowledge base that will give you loads of info:

http://www.didgeridoobreath.com/kb_results.asp?ID=20

http://www.didgeridoobreath.com/kb_results.asp?ID=21