Live Didgeridoo Q&A #2 addressed circular breathing, playing with backing tracks and more!

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We celebrated the arrival of 2022 with Didge Project’s AJ Block for a live question and answer session on all things related to the didgeridoo. Participants asked questions and AJ answered them and did a lot of live didgeridoo demos. Watch the replay here and check out our indexed chapters below:

 

Index
0:00 Welcome and shout outs
1:28 opening didgeridoo performance
3:30 How to “close the gap” in circular breathing
8:28 Water spitting exercise for circular breathing
10:54 Pumping abs for circular breathing
13:10 Circular breathing rhythm: inhaling every 4 beats
14:05 Building rhythms on didgeridoo using segments of 2 and 3 beats
18:36 New course coming soon!
19:31 Managing saliva in didgeridoo playing
21:36 Maintaining a good seal on the mouthpiece
25:21 Making rhythms last for longer repetitions
27:14 Making animal sound effects on the didgeridoo and incorporating them into your playing
30:43 Doing the cheek squeeze with lip trills only (without spitting water and without playing the didge)
32:24 What are the pros and cons of synthetic made vs. natural material didges?
38:00 How do you play didgeridoo quieter so as not to disturb neighbors?
40:43 Are there people who cannot learn to circular breathe?
44:40 Making didgeridoos out of agave stalks
47:23 Thoughts on box didges
49:00 How to quiet the intake of breath through the nose
50:55 Can you adjust/play with the fundamental pitch of a didge?
53:31 Playing trumpet tones
55:25 Rhythmic backing tracks (accompanying drum beats, etc.)
56:22 iTablaPro overview (mostly equivalent to Lehra Box on Android)
57:57 Live iTablaPro didgerdoo jam
1:00:57 Live Drum Beats+ didgerdoo jam
1:02:36 Jerry Walsh’s looping video
1:03:00 Didgeridoo Fundamentals free download
1:04:12 Specific keys for meditation or trance
1:06:40 Send me your videos of you playing with backing tracks
1:07:14 Can you be considered a didge player if you can make cool beats but cannot circular breathe?
1:08:30 Is circular breathing the most fundamental part of didgeridoo playing?
1:10:18 Lip stretches and warm ups – essential basic technique
1:13:08 Tightening the corners of your lips
1:15:55 Do you see people over-blowing?
1:19:52 Closing jam with iTablaPro
1:24:09 Side vs. middle playing on the didgeridoo mouthpiece
1:25:40 Closing shout outs
1:28:18 Didgeridoo Skills Course (Intermediate/Advanced level playing) program info (program link)

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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.