The Hollow Log
My interest in the didgeridoo started way back in May 2002, well that was when I bought my first one. My first thought about them was when I was trying to think of an unusual present my wife could buy me for Christmas and that thought popped into my head.
Anyway, I didn't get one for Christmas so here is the tale of my first didgeridoo, bought back in 2002
I don't know why, but I have always fancied a didgeridoo, but never did anything about it. So imagine my surprise when on holiday in the outback of Norfolk I came across a shop that sold just that, genuine Australian didges.
It must have been a sign, so I headed straight for the shop, and stared in awe at all the racks of these instruments, and I was spellbound. What to buy, what to buy!
I had no idea of how to choose a didgeridoo, so I used male logic, I bought the largest one I could afford. Not the best way, but the one that made me smile the most.
I returned, still grinning, to the holiday cottage where my family and I were staying for the week, and placed in pride of place in the living room. I was nervous at first about trying to play it, but a few beers soon had me convinced that I was musical enough to master this thing in one night. As I handled my new found treasure, it felt right. it felt good. I puckered up, and it sounded bloody awful, the loudest raspberry I had ever blown. Time to re-appraise the situation I thought.
The length of eucalyptus stayed in the corner of the room for the rest of the holiday, and was soon bundled into the car for the return journey home.
Once home, I scanned the internet for inspiration, and soon found loads of info of how to play. So once more, with alcohol flowing freely it was time to give it a go. After a couple of more raspberry's scaring the dog, I finally made the drone I had been so eager to hear, and have improved the sound since (I think, my darling wife just gives me a strange look when asked).
That was then, and the journey I have been on has taken me to many places and meet many people, all have been welcoming, and some have become good friends who I still keep in touch with.
My only claim to fame for playing a didge was a short video I did for the BBC website. I made this in 2007 to promote the club that I had started and the didge in general. I'll go and hide in embarrassment whilst you watch it!
The didge I was playing was the first one I ever bought and to this day one of my favourite sounding didges. I do believe I still have the shirt as well!
If any of this waffle has stirred an interest in the didge, there could be a club near you who can help out. The Kent area is very well served by my good friends Paul & Rob who run the North Kent Didge Club, details of which can be found here.
You can find details of Didge Festivals at the above sites, which is a fantastic way to hear the versatility of the instrument and a good way to meet the players.
Go on, you know you want to!