Eucalyptus Didgeridoo Comparison: 5 Authentic Aboriginal Australian Instruments


Traditional eucalyptus didgeridoos are hollowed out by termites and sculpted into a playable instrument by a craftsman. This makes each instrument completely unique in sound and playability. Decorating a didgeridoo in the traditional way is also an art form that has many layers of deeper meaning. These 5 authentic Aboriginal Australian instruments have a lot in common and a lot of differences. The best way to compare them is to play them side by side.

The traditional eucalyptus didgeridoos shown in this video are available for purchase at

Question of the day: What is your preferred type of didgeridoo? Do you like play on eucalyptus, agave, yucca, plastic, hemp, carbon fiber, local hardwoods, or other? Do you prefer authentic Aboriginal Australian instruments? Post your response in the comments section below.

Included in this video are the following five instruments:

  1. Classic Traditional Mago by Bob Burruwal
  2. Modern Painted Mago by Walter Blitner
  3. Ceremonial Ochre Painted Didgeridoo by Napurrawuy Wunungmurra
  4. Large Yidaki by Djudawit Munungurr
  5. Fast Playing Yidaki by Djalu Gurruwiwi (original) and Ben Hicks (touch-ups)

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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.


  1. Very professionally done A.J.
    I have an Agave Didge in the key of C that I enjoy playing but haven’t yet obtained an authentic yiddaka. Your video makes me want to check out the prices for the demos.

  2. Hey there!
    During a hike i found a nice birch stick and had that idea of learning the didge on one i ve made on my own. So i carried it all the way down, sliced, carved and sticked it together again. And here i am in the middle of the Alps learning from you! Keep up the good work!

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