Still little known to the uninitiated, the didgeridoo is nevertheless one of the oldest wind instruments – still played today – in the world, with its more than 40,000 years of age.
Indissociable from the sacred ceremonies of the Australian aborigines, it also offers a sound of exceptional quality. Here are a few tips on how to best choose your didgeridoo.
Natural Australian Didgeridoo of 130 cm
Sober, fine, and elegant, this Australian didgeridoo proposed by Australian Treasures is none other than one of the most high-profile products of the moment; it is, without a doubt, one of the models on the market that comes closest to the true traditional didgeridoo of the Australian aborigines.
Made of teak wood, this 130 cm long didgeridoo offers sound and musical qualities similar to those of eucalyptus. This makes it the ideal model for lovers of didgeridoo and traditional wind instruments.
Finely cut, it is also delicately hand painted, using a handcrafted process; in other words, you will not have two identical ones. Varnished with 100% Australian beeswax, it also comes with a travel bag ideal for travel.
Didgeridoo Toca of 130 cm light and painted
With this 130 cm didgeridoo, Toca offers here a model perfectly adapted to the tightest budgets. The Texan brand, leader in the market of percussion instruments and accessories, is known for its distinctive and authentic style; for proof, the curved shape of this didgeridoo is typical of the traditional models used by the Australian aborigines.
Its very attractive price is ideal for beginners who wish to start learning the continuous breath without having to blow their budget.
Contrary to other first price didgeridoos, the sound obtained is quite satisfactory, without competing with the best items on the market. Light and practical, thanks to its plastic barrel, it is also very easy to transport.
Didgeridoo with adjustable length
This didgeridoo by Meinl, one of the reference brands in percussion, will delight beginners and advanced players alike. With a size ranging from 91 cm to 157 cm, it folds and unfolds like a trombone, so you can not only carry it wherever you want, but also adapt it to your size and/or playing position.
The sound produced by the Meinl black plastic didgeridoo is powerful and of high quality, like the majority of the models of the brand. Another advantage: for the more skeptical, the manufacturer offers a 30-day money back guarantee. So you have nothing to lose!
Australian didgeridoo of round shape
Here is an original and amazing didgeridoo that you can take with you everywhere during your outdoor adventures. With its round shape and ultra-compact size, this Indonesian wooden model is the ideal travel companion, wherever you are.
If you are used to traveling regularly, this didgeridoo is for you. Especially since it also comes with a 100% polyester carrying bag, a real protective case for your musical instrument. Carefully designed and hand-painted, this round and refined didgeridoo will catch the eye of connoisseurs and laymen alike.
What is a didgeridoo?
Coming straight from the distant lands of the Australian aborigines, the didgeridoo is one of the oldest wind musical instruments still existing. Long, practical and light, it is similar to an empty tube of cylindrical shape, traditionally curved – straight models are also found -, originally made of eucalyptus, teak or bamboo wood.
The didgeridoo is particularly appreciated for the quality and power of the sound it produces, which, at a fairly low level, blends perfectly with high notes and even other sound and musical effects.
This is why it is often accompanied by other instruments, such as the djembe or the drums, even if it is also quite interesting to practice it solo.
How to choose your didgeridoo ?
Choosing your didgeridoo is above all a matter of materials; depending on the type of didgeridoo chosen, the sound produced will not be the same.
Generally speaking, the most basic didgeridoos are made of PVC. They are perfect models for beginners, but experienced players will prefer to turn to wooden didgeridoos, whose sounds are often of superior quality.
As for wooden didgeridoos, the tightest budgets will be satisfied with bamboo, which has the advantage of being more economical. The best didgeridoos are made from teak and eucalyptus wood, just like the authentic aboriginal instruments; here, prices can vary from single to double.
Finally, avoid didgeridoos covered with paint, beads and other ornaments, as they often focus more on aesthetics than on the quality of the notes produced.
The greatest didgeridoo players
Australian Bruce Rogers is a didgeridoo maker, seller, player and teacher, and is often considered a reference in the field.