Didgeridoo Playing Tips: Getting A Better Drone Sound


In this video we share 3 didgeridoo playing tips that answer the questions: “what do you do if you can’t get the didgeridoo to make a drone?”, “how do you start the sound most effectively?”, and “how do you ensure to have a good tone on didgeridoo?”

Lip stretching exercises are a huge first step for anyone having trouble buzzing their lips and getting a basic drone on didgeridoo. The stretches shown in this video are great to practice 5-10 minutes per day until you accustom your lips to buzzing in a very relaxed and loose way.
Another key is to make sure you have enough pressure behind your lips right before you start to buzz. We recommend using a “P” sound to get the drone started strong and on cue.
The third key is to make sure your lips make a good seal on the instrument. If any air is leaking out the side of your mouth while you play this will greatly detract from the quality of the sound.
Question of the Day: What is the one thing you struggle with most on didgeridoo? Post your response in the comments section below so we know what will help you most and which didgeridoo playing tips to share next.

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AJ Block
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. 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.