So I’m not sure how you spent your Saturday, but we spent ours didgeridoo shopping.  Yep, you heard it right.

We visited Bruce Rogers in Kangaroo Bend, VIC, out near the Yarra Valley, an amazing musician and craftsman who handmakes didges for a living and travels the world performing. Check out Bruce playing at the recent Melbourne Didgeridoo Festival.

It was literally one of the most interesting Saturdays we’ve had in Melbourne. Bruce was incredibly knowledgeable and willing to share with us, over the course of two hours, the history of the instrument, how it is constructed, and basic playing techniques. This incredible instrument not only sounds bad ass (when played correctly), but it has a 2,000 yo heritage and originally hails exclusively from the Northern Territory of Australia, where a particular species of termite devour the inner chambers of gum trees, leaving a hollowed-out chamber perfectly conducive to rhythmic vibrating breathing.

(as I type this, Steve just leaned over and said, “I want to be playing didgeridoo!”  Yep, you could say we’re hooked…)

Oh and by the way, in case you were wondering, when played incorrectly, the didgeridoo sounds like a massively amplified, messy fart.  So much so that when I bottomed out one (ok, ok, quite a few), the sweet two-year old daughter of another didge maker we visited with giggled uncontrollably.  It’s going to be a fun learning process….

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