others; they are on their own path of experience."
didgeridoo, also called a Yidaki, is a primitive instrument dating back 40 thousand years. It
is created and played by the aborigines of northern Australia. The didgeridoo is typically made from the stringy bark
or woolleybutt eucalyptus sapling, and hollowed naturally by termites or white
ants. The instrument is used to accompany singing and dancing primarily
in 'open' non-secret ceremonies, such as those used for sunsets, funerals, camp entertainment and children's songs.
history of primitive instruments such as the didgeridoo is based on the
tribal need for 'medicine man' or shaman. The healer of any clan or
community uses different instruments as a tool to help take members of
the community away from the ordinary occurrences of everyday life. The
'other world' or eerie sounds of their instruments were used in
ceremonies and rites of passage. Didgeridoos, drums, conch shells, bull-roarers,
bells and most musical instruments create the space for people to drop
out of their normal patterns of life and indulge their spirits to
is its unique sound created? Technically,
the soft fluttering of a person's lip plays the didgeridoo accompanied by
two other levels of self generated sound. Much like the trumpet, your
air-stream passes through your vibrating lips to create truly unique,
sometimes mystical sounds. I hope you find as much calmness and vision
as I do when you play, and that you will peacefully play with the rhythm
and tone of the planet.