Tongue Rhythms for Didgeridoo


In this video we reveal the tongue rhythms for didgeridoo that will give you more playing options as you explore the instrument. Once you learn the different tongue sounds, you can start adding your voice to create an additional layer of sound and open up infinite possibilities. Our main goal with this didgeridoo lesson is to make your playing more interesting and keep you engaged in the practice.

What are tongue rhythms?

Tongue rhythms are patterns or sequences that utilize the different sound effects that the tongue makes on the didgeridoo sound (also relevant to other wind instruments, jaw harps, throat singing and overtone singing.

***Question: What didgeridoo rhythms do you already play that you would like to improve upon? Post your response in the comments section below. We will be using your answers to create new didgeridoo rhythm tutorial videos and help you expand upon your playing.

This video comes from the Didge For Sleep DVD:

What is Didge For Sleep?

Playing didgeridoo is clinically shown to help people with sleep apnea. Didge For Sleep provides the tools you need for effective relief from sleep apnea and snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea and snoring are conditions caused primarily by a blockage in the throat. When the person is sleeping, air tries to get from the mouth or nose into the lungs through the throat’s air passageway, also known as the windpipe. When the windpipe becomes fully obstructed this creates an apnea, or a stoppage in the breath. When the windpipe is partially obstructed, a vibration is created which manifests as snoring, which manifests as snoring, an extremely common issue. Fortunately, playing the didgeridoo can help.

In 2006, the British Medical Journal reported a study that compared two groups of patients with moderate sleep apnea: one group that practiced 6 days a week for 25 minutes and another group which did not play didgeridoo. They found that the group that practiced didgeridoo had a significant decrease in their snoring and great improvement in their sleep apnea. Read the full report.

What makes playing the didgeridoo so effective in improving quality of sleep is the process of toning the muscles in the throat and tongue. Just as a person goes to the gym to lift weights, we go to the didgeridoo practice to strengthen our physical bodies. Similar to weightlifting, there are exercises and activities that must be repeated, and Didge For Sleep provides you with all the foundations needed to build your didgeridoo muscles. Throughout your training, you will be strengthening the muscles in your throat, face, lips, jaw, cheeks, abdominals, and your entire respiratory system. This improves the muscle mass to fat ratio, reduces body fat in the throat and tongue, and provides you with a lower chance of windpipe obstruction and thus, a better night’s sleep. This improvement in sleep quality has now been documented in hundreds of cases.

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