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Digging the Didge

Greetings from Australia…wish you were here!

Photo above at a local Didgeridoo shop in Sydney, Australia taken in 2003.

Per Wikipedia:  The didgeridoo (also known as a didjeridu or didge) is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia at least 1,500 years ago and is still in widespread usage today both in Australia and around the world. It is sometimes described as a natural wooden trumpet or “drone pipe”.   

There is something cool about the “didge”.  First of all, trying to play this fascinating instrument takes some practice.  You have to puff up your lips, and blow with all your might and if you are lucky, you may very well produce a fog-horn like sound.  Otherwise you will blow until you are red in the face, spitting all over the place, without a single sound except frustrated, angry air.

We visited the didgeridoo shop half way through our two-week trip to Australia.  Besides being a musical instrument, albeit difficult for us novices to actually play, it is a fabulous piece of Aboriginal art.  Today, we have one sitting in our family home.  Too bad that no one can play it!

Written by thirdeyemom

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