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Oldest Wind Musical Instrument In The World

 

Didgeridoo is the oldest wind instrument noted in the history. It was thousands of years ago since didgeridoo is known to people. Its origination is known to be from the North Australian Aborigine. Traditionally, all the wind instruments are played with clap sticks or by striking two boomerangs together. This instrument is still used in many ceremonial dances. Didgeridoo when played by a person, he can tap out the rhythms on the side of the instrument with the help of their fingers or sticks. Key of the instrument is decided by its thickness, length and shape of the wood being cut off. Shorter lengths can produce better high pitched sound. If you want to use it for lower pitch, its length must be long. For learning to play a didgeridoo you need to learn the keys C and D first. Didgeridoo generally has a range of keys from as low as A to G as the highest.
Eucalyptus branches or saplings are used to make a didgeridoo. Not all the species of eucalyptus can be used to make a didgeridoo. Only a dozen of the total specie can be used to make a didgeridoo. It requires perfect timing to make a perfect piece of didgeridoo. The wall thickness must be perfect which depends upon the thickness of the hollowed eucalyptus tree. The person making the instrument must ensure that the instrument is not too thin and not to thick. It takes nearly one year to hollow the eucalyptus tree. The branch of the eucalyptus tree is generally stripped from the outside side so that the termites can be easily removed from it later. To make the opening of the didgeridoo of playable size rim of beeswax can be used. Didgeridoo’s mouth area is applied with wax that serves as a brilliant air tight seal. It makes the didgeridoo more comfortable for playing. Its outer surface is then decorated with ochre paintings. It symbolizes food eaten by a particular tribe.