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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyro View Post
    I can circular breath easy enough, got the technique down in minutes. My issue is applying it to actually playing. When I switch to the "cheek blow" phase I lose it. I just can not keep the volume of air flowing...
    You're probably not taking breaths frequently enough. To start, you need a really staccato rhythm - it's not like breathing so much as panting. Try to play a single tone and then breathe to turn it into a beat. At first, you'll lose a lot of volume on the inhale but as your neck and mouth become stronger you'll be able to keep playing. Do you play standing or on your back?
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    what about playing sitting down lol?

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    I play standing or sitting depending on the day I have had a work. Usually standing though.

    You may be onto something with trying to staccato it. Usually I am just trying to sustain a single tone indefinitely
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    A lot of what you tend to hear of the didj is just a simple drone because it has such a distinctive sound, but when I was first learning I listened to a lot of samples of traditional styles and most of them are more varied. There are all sorts of techniques for making different sounds with overtones - try humming while playing a drone, or experiment with different jaw/neck positions. It helps to lie back flat on a slight incline. You'll be using muscles you don't usually rely on in order to do circular breathing - you've probably noticed already but you can get a pretty severe headrush from a long drone. Really sustained playing provides very little opportunity for air exchange and it's best if you can relax your entire body and conserve oxygen.
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    wow, i didn`t know these instruments made it all the way around the world, i`ll have to get one for my next tribal party *wink*
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    you guys have got me interested now!

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    I have a bull roarer but I don't know if its the same one you are talking about. Had it since I was a kid.

    Good luck with the instrument. Next you can try bagpipes! I love bagpipes!
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    Hey PAK,

    A bull roarer is the flat piece of wood on a string that you whirl over your head. A didgeridoo is the hollow stick you blow in.

    @ Joe,

    Well I have been trying the staccato thing you mentioned and it does work. Still going to take some finesse to get it down better but I can do it. And I can even run a long tone for a while and switch to the staccato and then switch back This is getting fun
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