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Mel Bay's The Didgeridoo Book & Online Audio MB20194M
Mel Bay's The Didgeridoo Book & Online Audio MB20194M

Mel Bay's The Didgeridoo Book & Online Audio MB20194M

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The didgeridoo is an ancient instrument of the Aborigines of Australia, but the discovery of its rhythmic and harmonic richness has only been in the West for a few years. This work gives all the essential advice needed to test, appreciate and buy a didgeridoo. The many exercises and sound samples given in the audio lets you appreciate the acoustic qualities and playing potential of the didgeridoo. Audio download available online.

Contents:1. The Origin of the Didgeridoo 82. Testing, Appreciating, and Buying a Didgeridoo 92.1. If You Are Looking For Your First Didgeridoo 102.2. If You Already Have a Didgeridoo 112.3. Maintaining Your Didgeridoo 112.4. Transporting Your Didgeridoo 112.5. Repairing Your Didgeridoo 113. The Musical Qualities of a Didgeridoo 133.1. Its Musical Quality 13A. The Root Note 13B. The Basic Harmonic or “2nd Note” 14C. The Overall Harmonic Richness: A Polyphonic Impression 143.2. The Timbre 15A. The Sound of a Tube 15B. The Nasal Sound 15C. Heavy Sound vs. Bright Sound 15D. Clear Sound vs. Resonant Sound 153.3. The Acoustic Qualities of the Didgeridoo 16A. Volume and Power 16B. The Spaciousness of the Sound 163.4. The Playing Potential 17A. Air Column Resistance (ACR) 17B. Playing Speed 17C. The Ability to Use Effects 18D. Ease of Playing 183.5. The Types of Didgeridoos 183.6. Summary: Criteria for Choosing a Didgeridoo 19

PART II: PLAYING THE DIDGERIDOO 201. The Basics 211.1. Playing Position 211.2. Play from the Front or from the Side? 221.3. The Root Note 221.4. The Mouthpiece 24A. What Type of Wax Do We Use? 24B. How Do We Apply It? 25C. What Shape Do We Give the Mouthpiece? 26Some Forms of Mouthpieces 271.5. The Returning Sound 281.6. The First Tones 29A. The “OO-EE” 29B. Positions Between “OO” and “EE” 30C. The Basic Rhythm Sounds 32D. The “WOOAH” 33E. The Jump of the Kangaroo 332. Playing 342.1. Circular Breathing 342.2. Abdominal Breathing 392.3. Rhythm and the Rhythms 402.4. The Main Effects 42A. Singing 42B. Shouts 43C. High and Low Pressure 44D. Overtones 45E. The “Oof!” 453. Further Development 473.1. Some Advice for Advancing 473.2. Building a Piece (Composing) 491) Starting 502) Continuing 503) And Finishing 513.3. Playing with Others 513.4. Accompaniment with Clap Sticks 52APPENDICES 54I. Didgeridoo Rhythms: Transcriptions of Didgeridoo Music 55II. Didgeridoo Discography 58

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