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Looking Up a Didgeridoo

Cee’s Oddball Challenge

Australian trip #12

Of course, you know what this is. It’s a didgeridoo. In case you have never seen one, this is probably not the first view you would see. So when I call this oddball, I simply mean unique.

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All the native Aussie’s told me that out of all the wild animals and birds, the didgeridoo was the most unusual sight we got to see at the Healesville Sanctuary. This was an indigenous Australian Ranger playing a $3,000 didgeridoo.

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indigenous didgeridoo player

The sound drew us magnetically to his side. He practiced reciprocal breathing. Air went in his nose and came out his didgeridoo through his mouth. I tried reciprocal breathing without success not even using a didgeridoo.

didgeridoo

His foot tapped a beat.

He gathered a crowd of all ages. We watched through several sessions. He could play for several minutes without taking a breathing break.

Then he spoke to using his beautiful accent about the didgeridoo. I struggled to understand and sort out all his words.

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  1. I did an aboriginal art workshop a few years ago (with elementary students) and found didgeridoo music to share- but would have loved to have had this post of yours. And hopefully Educators will be able to use this if they ever need to… esp. with the man talking – – and playing. really enjoyed this culture rich share….

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  2. We brought back a didgeridoo from our travels in Australia many years ago. It’s almost 5 feet tall and stands in a place of honour in our living room.

    Without fail, whenever the family gathers, son #1 will inevitably attempt to coax out its beautiful melody – without success. After repeated attempts over the years, none of us have grasped the reciprocal breathing. So sad. It’s such a beautiful sound.

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    • When I first read that you had one, I wondered how in the world you could play it. I tried reciprocal breathing with no instrument! Yikes. I think anyone who plays a wind instrument has to do this. I tried playing a flute once with the same luck. I was able to coax a note or two out of a recorder and a harmonica, but no major tunes! 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to respond. Love to have you join our new Facebook Group Networking Bloggers. I think you’d enjoy it. 🙂

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  3. MARSHA, I’ve been MIA, back now (maybe for a while, maybe not)? Yeah, this is oddball. Especially looking up inside the thing. He does a good job, but I’ve heard guys make animal sounds and all sorts of other sounds! Is he indigenous, as in Aboriginal?

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    • YES, the Australians seem to use both terms equally. So why have you been MIA? Another trip, perhaps? I’ve been pretty snowed under here, too – not literally, but not far from the snow. Our peaks are glorious. I’d like to reblog some of your wonderful posts on one or both of my blogs, if you’re up to sharing. Carol and I laughed till we had tears rolling out of our eyes over some of your funnies. 🙂

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      • Marsha, well, honestly, I’d be honored if you reblogged them!! Truly. And I’m quite happy you got a good laugh. I’m a little tied up now, may not be able to write more than one post a month.

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        • You are badly tied up, Badfish. One post a month means you must be super busy. Thanks for the permission. I’ll let you know when I’m posting. 🙂 Tonight I’m just reading and commenting rather than posting. My posting is more sporadic than regular. I’m definitely committed to keeping up two blogs, so I post on one a bit then on the other. 🙂 Talk to you soon. 🙂

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          • Marsha, must be nice to be committed to TWO dang blogs. Hey, I couldn’t find the post on your iphone 6. What’s the link? And in your comments here, and previously, there’s a polldaddy link, but when I click it, it takes me to a page full of…I don’t know…just numbers and words???

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          • Hi Badfish,
            I’m not the sharpest fish in the water when it comes to technology. I hired a person to help me with my Always Write blog. Here is the link to my stolen iPhone post http://wp.me/p7tP3I-zr. However as far as the page full of … numbers and words, I’m not sure which polldaddy link that is. It doesn’t sound like a very good one! Hmmm. 🙂 Let me know and I’ll check it out.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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