This didgeridoo was crafted in Australia from start to finish by Aboriginal family Naiuwa. It is meticulously wood burnt and dot painted. It has a high gloss protective finish that lets the wood grain show through. The natural bark has been left on the bottom of the didgeridoo and is also sealed with a high gloss protective finish.
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|Experience level:|| beginner, intermediate, advanced
|Wood:|| ironbark eucalyptus | 9.5 lbs
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Each Naiuwa didgeridoo is a unique piece of art - and as such - is signed and dated with the year. This didgeridoo has a brand new beeswax mouthpiece. The beeswax mouthpiece brings the diameter of the didgeridoo down to the perfect size and shape - ready to play out of the box!
Naiuwa Art is an Indigenous family owned business of Yiddinjii (Babinda Boulders area NQ), Budjula and Kabi-Kabi (Frazier Island/Hervey Bay and areas of south east QLD) tribal heritage. They have become known nationally and internationally as makers of top quality didgeridoos. They create authentic didgeridoos from carefully chosen, naturally termite hollowed eucalyptus trees. Gerald Appo and his family work together to create their own unique wood burnt and dot painted didgeridoos. Every didgeridoo is carefully sealed inside and out to preserve the instrument. The artwork for each didgeridoo is chosen individually taking into account the shape, size and musical tone. Each one has its own unique look and feel. Naiuwa means "green turtle" which is the nickname given to Gerald by Aboriginal youth he works with. He feels strongly about helping his community. The patience that earned him the nickname Naiuwa can be seen in all of their didgeridoos.
We purchase our didgeridoos straight from Naiuwa in Queensland Australia. They are good friends of ours. Ordering direct allows us to make sure the didgeridoos we purchase are at a fair trade price that is set by them. Feel good knowing your purchase helps support their Aboriginal owned family business.
If you have any questions about this didgeridoo or would like to hear it played for you over the phone please call us toll free (866) 468-3434 or local (559) 642-6434.
Naiuwa Didgeridoo Key Examples:
Backpressure, Harmonics, Vocals, Volume explained:
A didgeridoo is traditionally made from one of many species of eucalyptus branches or saplings. Species of eucalyptus number in the hundreds but only about a dozen species are used for didgeridoo making. The eucalyptus is naturally hollowed out by termites whose nests abound in the millions in Australia. It takes at least a year for the termites to hollow a tree out. It has to be "just right". The varying length of the wood that is sawed off and its thickness and shape will determine which key the instrument will be in. Typically shorter lengths yield higher pitches, longer lengths yield lower pitches. Didgeridoos generally range in keys from a high "G" to a low "A". Harvesting has to be timed so that the wall thickness of the instrument is not too thin or not too thick. Making for the perfect instrument.
What is a drone? The drone is the fundamental key of the didgeridoo. It is created by loosely vibrating your lips into the mouthpiece.
How often do I have to change / put on a new beeswax mouthpiece on my eucalyptus didgeridoo? Beeswax mouthpieces should last 6 months to 1 year, or even longer with care. Keep it out of direct sunlight and heat or it can melt off. Keep it away from dirt and carpets as the beeswax tends to attract dirt and fuzz.
What is backpressure? Backpressure is the resistance of air you feel from the inside of a didgeridoo while you are playing it. Usually small diameter tubes have more backpressure and large diameter tubes have less. Good backpressure allows you to circular breathe more easily and be efficient with your air flow.
What is circular breathing? Circular breathing is what allows a player to play continuously without stopping for breath. It is not possible to breathe in and blow out at the same time with your lungs. But, you can continue playing by using your mouth like a bag of air. With this reservoir of air in your mouth you can briefly maintain the drone and sneak a quick breath through your nose. Filling up your lungs so that you can then continue playing.
What is a harmonic? The didgeridoo has a fundamental key. Harmonics are higher frequencies found within the fundamental key. They can be manipulated by the placement of your tongue while playing. For example, while playing the didge position your tongue like saying the letter "e", but do not use your vocal cords. This will create a harmonic.
What is a vocal? Vocal response is the ability of the didgeridoo to project sound from your vocal cords while playing the drone. Usually larger diameter didges have better vocal response than smaller diameter didges.
What key didgeridoo is right for me? For beginner players we recommend the keys of C, D or E. This is the mid range. Higher keys (F and G) take tighter lip pressure and lots of diaphragm pushing. Lower keys (A and B) take really loose lip pressure and more air. The keys of C, D, and E fall somewhere in between and are easier for beginners to learn on. Most didge players have a collection of didges (some have one in every key).