Didgeridoo's when camping

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 19:49
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G'day all
In the past when going bush i'v sometimes taken a didgeridoo after a lot of practice i am finally playing and making sounds like an oldtimer , Last trip away i was sitting around the fire just on dusk and thought i would give it a play , before i new it a small crowd had wandered over with their kids sat down and told me that it was a nice change from listening to loud music around the fire.

They were off the next day to buy one for themselves
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Reply By: Willem - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 20:35

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 20:35
I have tried to learn to play that dastardly thing, but to no avail....LOL....Ity does have a good sound, does'nt it?


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Follow Up By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 27, 2008 at 08:12

Thursday, Mar 27, 2008 at 08:12
A few of us old plumbers have experimented with 40mm & 50mm
PVC waste pipe, the mouth piece has a PVC reducer to 25mm,
just enough to get your lips around, the next thing was to make sure
the length was the right size, about 1500mm, some cut a slit in the
end to create a vibration effect, you can adjust the tone with
gaffer tape, they are not as good as the ORIGINAL TYPES, but you
can get some interesting sounds ot of them.

Cheers
Daza
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Reply By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 20:39

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 20:39
A fantastic instrument!
All i can say is that it fits with Australia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sit around the fire and what else sets the mood better?
Nothing i think!
As for playing it,MMMMMMMMMMMMM :)))))))))
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Reply By: Member - Michael O (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 20:45

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 20:45
I can remeber camping near a bloke and his girlfriend on Cape York many years ago. After all meals were cooked and the fire stoked again, he pulled a decent length of grey pipe from the rear of his old Cruiser and started to play it. "What's that?" I asked.

"A didgeri-muffler of course..."

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Reply By: Kev & Darkie - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 20:47

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 20:47
Anyone want to try at Innaminka :)

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Follow Up By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 23:03

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 23:03
you wanna beat me at something do you kev...I might let you have this one...if it will make you feel better! - yet another domestic in the house of Kev / Kiwi ! ! ! ! ! ! LOL ! ! ! ! ! !

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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 20:49

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 20:49
My young fella ,all of 9 , has been saving his pocket money for a long while to buy a didge , wants a "real " one , we are off on 6mth 1/2 lap starting on the 12th of next mth , , where oh where is the bestest place to get a didge ??? and / or earplugs while he "learns" lol.
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Follow Up By: Nick R (VIC) - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 21:08

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 21:08
he should be practising on the vacuum cleaner pipe like the rest of us did!!!
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Follow Up By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 21:12

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 21:12
Hey Axel.

The last time we spoke on an indigenous subject it got pretty heated, But if you come up my way and come to my home ( with some Warning), I will get your young one a proper Yidaki (didj), and over a couple of beers/rums we can try to teach him how to play it.

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Follow Up By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 21:14

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 21:14
Hey Nick.

Our post over lapped, if you use a vacuum hose and hold it to your ear it becomes a Aboriginal walkman. LOL

Cheers Steve.
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Follow Up By: Dasher Des - Thursday, Mar 27, 2008 at 09:31

Thursday, Mar 27, 2008 at 09:31
ROFLMAO Steve
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 22:27

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 22:27
Reading this post reminded me of the late 60,s when I worked in the Pilbara region of WA, Port Hedland to be exact. Our favourite watering hole was the Pier Pub down near the wharf area. Friday night would see a group of us in the beer garden. This is where I met an Aboriginal gentleman who went by the name of King Billie. He would bring his didgeridoo and share his music a few beers and a couple of smokes with us. His favourite song was what he called The Dingo. And before you start thinking that all he was after was free grog and cigs he would buy a few rounds and offer his packet of B&H around too. Well one day someone offered him enough money to part with his didgeridoo. A week or two later he shows up with a length of exhaust pipe from an old car, sat down and played his songs for us, and you know what it didn't sound (to our untrained ears) that dissimilar to the real instrument. Mind you maybe a drink or two helped. To this day I remember this wonderful old guy and his music. I can honestly say I am proud and feel privileged to have known him.

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Follow Up By: Stu & "Bob" - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 22:48

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 22:48
A true Gentleman. And a master of improvisation, I might add...

Reminds me of an Aboriginal bloke I had the pleasure of meeting briefly some years ago. He was not dissimilar to King Billie in his actions,(he didn't play the didge), but would actively participate in whatever was happening in the area.

He was known as "The Duck" as his favorite saying was "not this little black duck".

Top fella, he really was. And well respected throughout the whole district. He was a shearer's cook, and a blinky good one at that.
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Reply By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 23:01

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 23:01
I would love to learn but I dont think that my breathing would allow it (asthma)...its sure got a unique sound that is just soooo "australian"

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Follow Up By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 23:11

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 23:11
The art of circular breathing, Just remember back to when you were breast feeding, it's the closest thing. ;-)

Cheers Steve.
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Reply By: bruce - Thursday, Mar 27, 2008 at 11:44

Thursday, Mar 27, 2008 at 11:44
On a trip to Darwin a couple of yrs ago we were camped at the Devils Marbles...a chap there was playing ? at near to midnight....the monotonous droning was going on and on and on....a few of us decided that enough was enough so as I was the biggest bloke in the group I went over to him and very politley told him that if he did not cease within 10 mins. he may find the thing sticking out of his rear end ...instant success....some people just do not have any respect for others....cheers
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, Mar 27, 2008 at 13:23

Thursday, Mar 27, 2008 at 13:23
I have been that a regular tour that goes into the Bungles has a digi player when they visit Cathedral Gorge. I reckon that would be great to hear.
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Reply By: HGMonaro - Thursday, Mar 27, 2008 at 16:51

Thursday, Mar 27, 2008 at 16:51
My boys (6 & almost 8) can make great 'authentic' sounding noises but can't circular breath yet. Both have taken them to school and impressed the kids and teachers.

We bought ours in Darwin and sent them home before travelling into WA (beeswax mouthpieces not allowed across the border apparently) and by the time we got home and reunited with ours I couldn't play them.

Nige.
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Follow Up By: Member - extfilm (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 12:52

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 12:52
Hey Mate,
I have 6 of em and can play ok........ I have taken mine around australia many times without a problem at the borders.......... but having said that I haven't been through a checkpoint border for a while..... They don't have them on the bush tracks.....
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