|Where do you didgeridoo?|This page is all about sharing. Tell us where you like to play your didgeridoo. On the front porch? A local park? An old empty water tank? Maybe you have a funny or poignant story about a time you ventured out with your didgeridoo? You can even send us a photo.
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|I like to hike my Didgeridoo up to the Pisgah National Forest and play it on the rocks, its just awesome to sit at the edge of a valley, bare feet on the warm lichen covered rocks, reverberating drones and rhythms into the valley below, all while enjoying God's awesome creation of rattle snakes, frogs, salamanders, lizards, and insects native to his mountains. Thanks to LA Outback for the awesome new iron bark eucalyptus Didge! I had a plastic slide Didge, but it is NOTHING compared to the quality and awesome sound of this one!|
Chance, Union Grove, North Carolina
|Yoyogi Park is where I go to play my Didgeridoo. It is a very nice, large park in central Tokyo. The only thing I don’t like about Yoyogi is that there are lots of crows. They are so mean; I could swear are trying to hit me with their droppings. I’ve gotten hit on the head three times, and once my new hat was ruined. I really wanted to catch the crow that did that.|
In the park there are always many people playing various instruments like drum, guitar or beat box... They give me plenty of new ideas. I listen to find the best elements and extract the joy from these instruments, and then I plant that image in my head. It’s so much fun to imagine adapting those sounds to my dear Didgeridoo. I was never very good at doing the same thing as other people, so I tend to do a lot of things of my own. This independence helped me to build the performance style and the powerful freedom of expression I have now.
I first encountered the Didgeridoo in Australia. It introduced me to many friends, and helped me to communicate when my poor English didn’t. It brought me a great deal of happiness. It unleashed my passion. It is a magical instrument.
Kazuki "Smily" Kitagawa, Tokyo, Japan
|My favorite places to play didge are resonant earth spaces like caves and grottoes. There's just something about how a dark deep space in the earth can make a didgeridoo sound really open you up. Cave Without a Name here in central TX has a resonant beauty that's just indescribable. In the right spot in the cave, the resonance sustains itself for a very long time. I love playing for people down there, but the best time is when it's me, a didge, and the cave. I've attached a picture of me playing down there with Jodi Roberts, my friend who's a Tibetan bowl player.|
One of the didges I've made is covered with pink glitter. My daughter, we she was about 6, called it the Barbie Didge. It's a powerful didge and it resonates with the cave mentioned above.
Steve, Austin, TX
|I just got my first didge a few weeks back, and have already taken it camping! It fits perfectly and neatly in the passenger's seat, unlike my djembes which are unfortunately often left behind! Didgeridoo is my preferred music for shamanic activities, so I've also enjoyed bringing mine into the woods for a bit of meditation time with friends.|
I look forward to toting it nearly everywhere: to gatherings, cookouts, drum circles, and of course more meditation trips and camping excursions. It feels especially "right" when played by the campfire! In this photo, I'm about to play by some rock formations with an amazing primal energy.
Krista, Canton, OH
|I didge where and whenever I can. My favorite place to play is in Dominguez Canyon on the Gunnison river holed up in an ancient puebloan (anasazi) shelter. It's a bit of a raft trip and a hike to find it, but it's all red desert, heat, a waterfall or two, and magic. Cool acoustics abound in the 500 foot tall red cliffs and it drives hikers crazy looking to find the unknown sound. The didge "Shadowplay" was given to me in the hospital by my wife back in March (didge #7). Feburary 24th I was attacked by necrotizing facitis...aka flesh eating disease...and after nine days in a coma and six more weeks in an ICU burn unit, I came out of the woods with a huge skin graft but was able to sit up and play. I asked that one of my didges from Durango be brought up to the hospital in Denver but LA Outback delivered quicker than the 'pony express' could. I began playing my new "flute" as the nurses called it right out of the box and did not put it down until well after midnight. I don't know if my neighbors appreciated the healing vibes, but I sure did. I'm doing better now, with six months convalescence - doctors orders - I have all kinds of time to play. Thanks for hooking me up with an amazing piece of Australia!|
Joe, Durango, CO
|Hola everyone, my name is Anthony. I began playing Didge in late '03 and also began crafting them. I worked @ LA Outback for 2 years (miss you guys!) Then I worked the Ren circuit. By playing my Didge I got known and I've met a lot of amazing people. Didgeridoo has been a life changing experience for me. Great things have come with it. I play it everywhere but I would have to say one of my favorite places to play Didge would be at the local Pubs, playing with my friends. I play percussion but always bring a Didge with me. I play with old skool musicians and we create an amazing, wonderful atmosphere. I love it so much... I get such a great feeling every time. You can catch me busking in St Augustine, FL, sometimesl. A li'l memo: Remember: hatred condemns, love redeems! I love you all! SoCal (He mele no lilo).|
Anthony, Everywhere, USA
|My favorite place to didge is deep in an Appalachian mountain cave where the sounds of the didge reverberates off the walls of the cave creating ethereal echos of my own vibes that travel deep underground throughout the cave system. It is a truly amazing and powerful experience when I am siting alone in the depths of nature's ancient hidden recesses cloaked in the sounds of my didgeridoo. Sadly now I am unable to play my didge in caves due to a deadly fungal plague that is killing millions of bats all over the Eastern USA known as White Nose Syndrome. Caves are off limits until a cure or control of the disease can be found so until that day I play my didge at my second favorite place to play––around the campfire with friends or anywhere for that matter. Yesterday I found myself in downtown Asheville, NC playing didge in a drum circle in a local park...so really, just about anywhere is a great place to play.|
Steve, Lake Toxaway, NC
|My favorite place to play the didjeridoo is either first thing in the morning, in the studio at 4am (better than a cup of coffee) or inside some of the local rock formations that contain waterfalls. There are some places you can go where you can actually climb behind the falls in to caves, and the acoustics are quite nice (lots of bass) surrounded by metric tons of water and rock, it rates high on the list of primordial experiences one can have. |
The Appalachian Mountains are one of the oldest mountain chains in the world, and are full of ancient feeling hidden nooks and secreted coves complete with granite outcroppings, streams, mossy rocks, and watery pools. There are more perfect locations to play didje than not, all it requires is a little bit of motivation and curiosity. At the end of the day, nothing is more magical than getting out and exploring with forest around you.
John, Brevard, NC
|People don't know this but we started out as a didgeridoo band called The Termites. Our favorite place to play was in Ringo's walkdown flat because there were always girls lounging about. Girls love the didgeridoo. It's a bit like a girl magnet. Anyway, the first time we were scheduled to be on The Ed Sullivan Show, the airline lost our didgeridoos so we had to play regular instruments. Plus, Ed got our name wrong and introduced us as The Beatles instead of The Termites. The audience liked us anyway, so we kept the new name and got invited back several more times. It was a good run, but had the airline found our didgeridoos we'd have sounded even better and become much more famous. |
The Termites, Liverpool, England (Yes, we made this one up.)
My name is Dustin, best known as The Didgeridude.
I've been playing since 2008. I get called a hippie a lot, but I'm
really a Gypsy. I travel constantly, heavily involved in the festival
circuit (Yonder Mountain Harvest Fest, Wakarusa, Electric Forrest, are
some of the bigger festivals) performing and teaching didgeridoo
workshops all over the United States, hopefully the entire world in the
future. I play improv every time and create a true gift to those around
me. As a fire dancer as well my work is always appreciated by the
festies. Joe Cheal wrote "To hear the didgeridoo, is to hear the calling
of the Universe... To Play the didgeridoo, is to answer the call."
Whether you just hear the call or are ready to answer it, listen and
feel the vibration of healing and love. And be warned, the didge bug
bites HARD, but its the best thing that has Ever happened to me and my
first Tree Man Gathering I attended, changed my life. This
didgeridoo fest is held in Ithaca, New York, and I met Jeff Lohr. A
Master crafter with an energy most excellent. I only got to stay for a
short time and I spent most of that time with Jeff and his lovely lady.
Well, to no surprise, I fell in love with one of his creations but
didn't have enough money in my pocket to pay for it. As I was
leaving, Jeff handed me the stick i was so fond of and told me to
take it and pay when I could. It was paid the same week, but that act of
super kindness and the stick, whom I named Grace, has been the key I
needed to start my life's purpose; to play the didgeridoo for as many
people as humanly possible. I owe it all to the kindness of others, and a
lot of hard work. So pay it forward, and don't be afraid to succeed.
Dustin "The Didgeridude", MO
|My favorite place to play didgeridoo is at work because its more fun than my job. I went to Australia when I was 14 and really wanted a didgeridoo but I didn't get one. Last year I finally got a eucalyptus didge as a surprise from my girlfriend Tara. Of course she got it from LA Outback so I know its a good one!!!! I got circular breathing down pretty quick and now I play for fun every chance I get. This summer I'm taking a didgeridoo with me to Forbidden Caverns in the Smoky Mountains. I hope the sound of the didgeridoo won't bring down the ceiling in the caves. |
David, Memphis, TN
|On the right is a picture of me playing didgeridoo in
1995. I'm sitting atop "Jumbo Rocks" in Joshua Tree National Park, CA.
This is still a favorite place to play didge. Long before Mark and I
founded L.A.Outback we'd trek out to visit Peter Spoeker in Joshua Tree,
who used to set up and play an arsenal of didgeridoos in front of the
main park entrance. These meetings with Peter sparked the JT Didgeridoo
Festival a few years later.|
home I like to play didgeridoo in the kitchen. The floors are saltillo
tiles and when sitting down I'm surrounded by cabinet doors on three
sides––a very resonant space. After a few minutes of playing with my
eyes closed, I'm anywhere I want to be.
Barry, Los Angeles, CA
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