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lvl3 Instruments of the world: didgeridoo

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Didgeridoo (say: did-jer-ee-do)

The didgeridoo is an old instrument. Aboriginal people in Australia have played it for about 2,000 years.

 

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Part of Aboriginal culture

The didgeridoo is played at special events in some Aboriginal communities. There are often dancers and singers too.

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Popular instrument

Today people around the world play the didgeridoo.

How do you play this instrument? You blow into it. You breathe in a special way so the sound does not stop.

Making a didgeridoo

This Aboriginal man is making a didgeridoo out of a tree trunk.

 

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  • First, he looks for a hollow trunk. It is hollow because termites have eaten the inside.
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  • Then, he cuts the trunk. He takes off the bark. He cleans out the inside.
  • He might paint the didgeridoo too.

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