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Concert Quality Multi Drone Didgeridoo
Crafted by Mob Didgeridoo
Watch a VIDEO demo of this didgeridoo below!
Introducing the birth of the Bamboo Multi Drone didgeridoo! "What really excites me", says Mob-man Will, "is these instruments enable me to craft solid multi drone instruments that are more affordable. After months of brainstorming it took some time to find a material that could achieve the specific shape necessary for this type of instrument and still maintain a natural and powerful sound. The idea of assembling multiple diameters of high quality bamboo struck me like lightning as the perfect option. I dropped all wood projects at the time and dove head-first into making these meet my quality standards. The new material and construction techniques make for an amazingly well balanced instrument that is excellent for playing complex modern styles. The thicker bamboo used for the middle and
section is amazingly hard and up to 2 cm thick.
These new creations feature the same hand carved mouthpieces that I craft on my wood instruments. For me a good mouthpiece is the most important part of a didgeridoo. Give me a good mouthpiece on a milk carton and I’ll still be able to make it sound funky! The point is, when treated like wood in regards to shape, design and selection of the right bamboo, this stuff is incredible! As a player who likes to play many notes - and play them fast - the density of the bamboo offers a very solid clear projection of whatever power I throw into it. Each one is an all around dream for learning the multi drone technique and each one ripples with energy as you play it. Prepare to be amazed by the transformation of a material widely considered to be of very limited use for didgeridoos. Let the limitless EXPLODE!!!"
Whether you're just starting out or you are a master seeking the expanded range of the multi drone, this instrument will be an accelerating amplifier to your sonic expression. The concave mouthpiece conforms to your face for a perfect fit and a comfortable, superior seal. This makes a larger mouthpiece easily manageable to provide the maximum amount of subtle lip control that is unattainable on flat small mouthpieces. This subtle lip control is what makes hitting lower drone frequencies possible. This didgeridoo has been balanced so that it’s concave mouth piece aligns perfectly with your mouth in a naturally held position. This type of mouthpiece is recommended for playing out of the front of the mouth to achieve the drop octave technique (for more on this see the video
Side vs Front
This is a handsome didgeridoo with a solid, gorgeous finish. Double resin coated inside and out for enhanced sound quality, luster and durability.
Features a smooth and comfortable mouthpiece that's been sanitized with
(tea tree and lavender oil).
This didgeridoo is waterproof, unaffected by hot or cold weather conditions, and very easy to care for, no worries.
Will says, "The sound quality of these bamboo instruments is so consistently good that rather than describing the sound characteristics of each, the following information will hopefully empower you to make a better choice for yourself based on the key of each instrument. I have crafted the information assuming that most people are relatively new to this technique and so the information is weighted towards how it will be to
on each different key. If you are completely new to the Drop Octave and Multidrone techniques check out
to learn what they are and learn the lingo. The video samples should give a better idea of the range and character of the sound of each instrument and I try to jump around to several styles with each to simply show the range. If you are adventurous enough and eager to learn you may want to simply snatch up what looks or sounds good to you, if the instrument inspires you in some way you will figure it out as I did––without the information :-) If you’re having difficulty choosing,
Click Here for Useful Tips
that will help you decide."
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Includes our didgeridoo care guide and playing guide.
Watch Will demo this didgeridoo for you
and see the instrument in vivid HD detail!
Just click on the video below.
Specs for this didgeridoo:
Bamboo and wood
4.4 lbs / 2 kg
Ease of play:
What if you don't
with this didgeridoo?
It can be exchanged within 30 days for any reason and there's no
restocking fee. Can't decide on one? Call
for live help!
Our sound quality ratings:
First rate, professional grade sound
with perfectly balanced acoustics.
Very good sound. Better than most found at comparable prices.
Nice introductory didgeridoo, but may lack in tonal quality and/or volume.
Not for serious playing. Good for muking around on, or as a conversation piece.
About William Thoren
William Thoren is a crafter, performer and photographer best known for discovering and developing the Drop Octave and Multi Drone techniques. He lives in Southern California in the heart of the Santa Monica mountains.
William picked up the didgeridoo at the age of 11 while on a family vacation in Costa Rica. All throughout middle school and high school made his own didgeridoos out of PVC pipe, yucca, and later hard woods. William now only makes wooden instruments “working with wood gives me the most control over playability as I can start with a thick log and shape exactly what I want”. In 2007 he traveled to Australia to further pursue the art of playing and crafting the didgeridoo. While there he traveled for 3 months with William Barton, an acclaimed Aboriginal didgeridoo player who performs with symphony orchestras worldwide. Barton later connected William with Djalu Guruwiwi, custodian of the Yidaki and one of the most respected traditional makers of the instrument, with whom, he spent time in North East Arnhem Land learning traditional methods of crafting the instrument.
William conceived two new groundbreaking didgeridoo techniques he calls the Drop Octave and the Multi Drone that dramatically expand the sonic range of the instrument. In 2008 He took a break from selling instruments to the public to develop a new type of didgeridoo specifically for the Drop Octave technique which allows one to play an octave below the regular drone note of a didgeridoo. During this time he focused heavily on tuning the overtones or trumpet notes to make didgeridoo more suitable for playing dynamically in western music. This lead him to discover the Multiple Drone technique which enables one to play 3-8 separate drone notes on a single bore instrument. “The Multi Drone came about as a result of an experiment to lower the first trumpet as close to the drone as possible. When this was done several more drone notes between the regular drone and the drop octave became playable” (similar to a pedal tones on a tuba). Beyond the shapes and range of his instruments William has developed a new mouthpiece design which makes these new techniques more accessible and comfortable to play. Most recently William has created www.WetDidgeridoo.com to teach the fundamentals of this technique.
“With these techniques I design the most dynamic instruments for fusing didgeridoo with western styles of music and the most sonically dynamic solo instruments available on the market. The Multi Drone technique has opened doors for me to use didgeridoos in ways i never imagined possible. My dream is that the didgeridoo can be used as fundamental piece of a band throughout many styles of music. The expanded range of these new instruments has enabled me to write music around didgeridoo more dynamically than ever before. My favorite thing about the world of didgeridoo is that we operate like one big family. I have to thank William Barton, Chad Butler, Djalu Guruwiwi, Geoff Frost, Tyler Spencer and Ondrej Smeykal who have all influenced my crafting and playing in a huge way".
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Advanced Lip Control
Will Thoren discusses how to develop lip control for playing the didge. This is part 1 of 2. In the next video, "Applying Lip Control To Multi-Drone", Will talks about how to apply the advanced lip control to the Multi-Drone technique.
Dropping the Drone
One Octave Below
To learn this technique one must first understand that it is based 100% on lip control. It is common to confuse the technique with other pitch bending techniques such as dropping the jaw but believing this will slow down the road to mastery. With that said, you may find some sort of movement with your face that helps you achieve the dropped pitch in the first place (this may involve dropping the jaw or using more of the bottom lip) but once you are comfortable it will become as easy as playing the regular drone. Your top and bottom lips will be doing equal work and your jaw will actually close a little bit. If you watch the videos of me playing you will see that my head nods down whenever I play the drop octave. This lowering is actually a closing of the jaw because my lower jaw stays in exactly the same space while my upper jaw closes down on top of it. This movement naturally makes the lips protrude a little more outward which allows for a looser flapping. None of this jaw talk is important for learning the technique, i am simply stating what is so in relation to the jaw to save any confusion as i am commonly asked that question. The Bigger the mouth piece the better for learning. Once the technique is achieved you may find yourself able to play it on smaller mouthpieces. So why is it easier to learn on a bigger mouthpiece?
Imagine you are creating the note with your lip vibration and you don’t even need a didgeridoo to play the note. Try humming the note of the didgeridoo you are attempting to play it through and then recreate the same pitch by flapping your lips. You’ll notice if you start with a really loose flapping of the lips (sounds like a horse) and then begin to smile, the pitch and speed of your lips will increase. Try starting with a big smile before you start vibrating your lips and then once vibrating, release the smile and listen to the speed and pitch drop. this will give you an idea of what is meant by “lip control”. Creating different pitches with your lips. if you can develop a little it of control with creating vibration without the didgeridoo it will be easier to find the sweet spot where the actual drop octave note sits. It’s like learning to play didgeridoo all over again and for this reason may be more frustrating for experienced players.
Side vs. Front Playing
Many didgeridoo players play out of the side of their mouth because the clarity of the drone sound is easier to achieve. Often the front sounds softer and not as rich in the early stages of playing. From my experience, with practice, frontal playing allows for equal clarity once mastered and opens up a larger range of possible control. Mastering frontal playing is a lottle more difficult at first but has huge payoffs in the end. Making the switch to playing out of the front is possibly the most important foundation to learning this technique.
Maximizing Lung capacity
Breathing effectively will reduce a lot of stress when learning any new techniques on the didgeridoo. Due to the larger mouth piece size required for playing these techniques, it is important that one has good control of breath when moving up to something that requires more air then normal.
This technique expands upon the drop octave technique to play more than just one or two extra drone notes.
This technique teaches how to breathe using your jaw, giving you an “extra set of lungs” to build complex rhythms with. Also breaking down individual mouth movements that can be used with this technique.
This video is the first of many where we will feature guest performers from around the world teaching lessons on groundbreaking techniques and the basic foundations of playing.
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