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Making and Playing a Didgeridoo ~ by WoodlandsTV

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Tall Paul (Paul Cook) shares his passion for all things didgeridoo - explaining the principles of making these wonderful wind instruments and how choice of timber (from beech to eucalyptus) effects sound quality - creating varying tones, reverberations and volume. Tall Paul also demonstrates the specific playing methods and circular breathing techniques needed to produce the distinctive didgeridoo sound - all at the Bentley Woodfair http://www.bentley.org.uk/
http://www.didgetallpaul.co.uk/ An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

Posted in: Skills ~ On: 12 June, 2017

17 comments so far

Lewis Burns
March 6, 2018

Do you have evidence of the petrified wood Didgeridoo? Please share the evidence.
Do you claim that this instrument originated in Ireland?

Do you remember the comment you made to me in France when I visited your Stall at "Le Reve de l'Aborigene"?

I was there to perform and hopefully sell some instruments.
You told me I was "encroaching on your business" by bringing my Instruments from Australia.

TheStuF
March 31, 2018

Hi Lewis, I was shocked when I heard him say that on this video too! I lived in Ireland (as a woodworker who plays some didgeridoo!) for 7 years and never heard of such a thing – nor can I find any evidence of it by a thorough search. No didgeridoo, or anything remotely similar, was ever found in a bog in Ireland. This guy does not have enough knowledge and has been very rude to you also.

TheStuF
March 31, 2018

It is not true that a split wood didge like instrument was found in a bog in Ireland! Where did you get this story from?

Trevor Brown
May 15, 2018

and now someone who knows how to play https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffzTeT7M7Ro

Lord Metri
May 16, 2018

Making my own didges but your ones are masterfully crafted!

florin baiduc
June 4, 2018

..search on youtube for the sound of the Romanian Carpathian horn (search this: "Arieseni,muntii apuseni" or "Death announcement bucium"). It sounds quite similary with a didge, and it's played similarly. That instrument is documented since millennia as well (pre-Roman history).

TheStuF
June 5, 2018

Hi Florin – there was many horns for many millenia (swiss alps sheperds made massive ones) yes but no Didgeridoo. The argument we have with Paul is that he claims an actual Didgeridoo (split in half tree trunk glued back together) was found when it was not – Paul is confusing it with early examples of Uillean Pipes found in a bog (which were not split) We talk here about a specific instrument not general wind instruments. The Didgeridoo is not like other horns. Thanks for your interest though.

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