Live Didgeridoo Q&A #1 addressed circular breathing, choosing a didgeridoo, composing, layering sounds and more! (full video recording)


In this open question and answer session AJ Block took questions on didgeridoo-related topics. Recorded with a live online audience on November 18, 2017.

Questions asked in this session:
01:59 What are the keys of didgeridoo most used by professionals?
04:44 What are your favorite materials used in making didgeridoos?
07:00 I have a small mouth and find it difficult to get my lips vibrating. I tried resizing the wax but its not helping much.
13:06 When I circular breathe I seem to end up with more air than less air. How do I regulate this so I don’t end up with full lungs?
25:19 Please discuss Bounce Breath if you get the chance. I’ve seen many videos that seem to be conflicting on what it is.
29:44 Is there any way to find out how old my didgeridoo is and what wood its made of?
30:56 How do you manage spitting saliva while playing?
34:33 If you can’t circular breathe is there any way to incorporate the lack of it into your playing?
38:01 If I’m a drummer but am very interested in world styles of music would a didge be a wise choice to buy?
42:00 What meditation rhythm is your favorite? 45:12 If you are a drummer, can you make beats with your hands on the didgeridoo?
47:03 Can very young kids play didgeridoo?
51:48 Do you write down your didgeridoo songs and if so how? 54:48 What is the best website for affordable didgeridoos? 55:06 Do you do yoga?
57:37 How do you layer sounds on the didgeridoo?
01:01:31 Is there a connection to the size and shape of the mouthpiece and ease of playing?
01:05:02 How many didgeridoos do you own?
01:06:08 Can I come visit your store in NYC?
01:06:54 What are your thoughts on combining didgeridoos, played in parallel by different players, to make an interesting piece?
01:13:27 Will you be doing more of these [livestream Q&As]?
01:14:13 If you have a plastic didgeridoo, does it affect the amount you can do? I have a plastic didgeridoo and I have difficulty doing the things in the lessons.
01:16:31 Big bell didgeridoos are always so enticing. Does the bell add anything different sound-wise, or is it more for looks?
01:18:00 Composing: how do you create songs?
01:18:55 How do you play trumpet sounds?
Videos mentioned in this live Q&A:

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AJ Block is the director of Didge Project and is active as a didgeridoo teacher and performer. In addition to didgeridoo, AJ has spent years studying music traditions from all over the world including jazz (trombone and piano), western classical music, Indian Classical Music, guitar and world percussion. AJ has developed a number of programs for Didge Project including The ABCs of Didgeridoo, The Didgeridoo Skills Course, and Circular Breathing Mastery. He is also the author of Didge For Sleep, a didgeridoo learning method designed specifically for people with Sleep Apnea. As a performer AJ is the leader of the Didge Project Music Collective and a member of Dream Seed: A Shamanic Sound Journey. AJ is a founding member of Sacred Arts Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of sacred art traditions through education, ritual and study. As a student of spiritual teacher Maestro Manuel Rufino AJ is an active member of the Golden Drum community.