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Transcript of The Didgeridoo
Most people don't know much about the didgeridoo. Other than the fact that it's a weird looking instrument, the didgeridoo is pretty much unknown. In this following presentation, you will learn about:
- The history of didgeridoo
- What it looks like
- How it's played
- What it's used for and what it sounds like
History of the didgeridoo
What it looks like
Traditional didgeridoos are made of eucalyptus trees, either from the trunk of the branches. The design varies, as they are painted with tribe symbols. Modern didgeridoos can be made of PVC piping, glass, metal, clay and many other materials. They have a variety of different colors. Didgeridoos are large instruments, ranging from 150 cm to 2 meters. Some can even be 4 feet long!
How it's played
The didgeridoo belongs in the brass family, along with the trumpet, tuba and trombone. The didgeridoo has a mouthpiece of wax that is softened as you play. It is played by vibrating your lips as you breath through your nose and out your mouth. The longer the instrument is, the lower the pitch.
The exact origin of the didgeridoo is unknown, but it was probably created about 1000 years ago.
Early drawings of Aboriginals playing the didgeridoo can be found on cave walls in Australia. Aboriginal men usually play that the didgeridoo at religious ceremonies, such as this one here.
What it's used for
The didgeridoo is not only for ceremonial purposes. Many people use it for leisure and entertainment as well. For example, many street players choose the didgeridoo as it is so unusual. It is also used in protests, as it is quite a loud instrument. Some people collect didgeridoos as their hobby!
Thanks for listening!