The didgeridoo is a hollow wooden stick which when blown through produces a sound that resonates to create a low drone.
This wind instrument comes from the Aboriginals in Australia and has been used in music and rituals for thousands of years. The Aborigines would go out into the forests to listen to nature’s sounds: birds, animal calls, trees, the wind, fires, etc, then try to impersonate them using the “dij” creating wonderful sounds.
Aboriginal art has a beautiful history. All paintings have a meaning, usually related to a story or a means of communication. People would mine coloured rocks, crumble them and mix the powder with a fluid – different colours coming from the iron oxides in the rock. The paint is applied by sticks, hair brushes, fingers, or by blowing.
Since buying his first didgeridoo in 2004, Johnny McAdam has continued playing at concerts, festivals, and demonstrations throughout the UK and Europe, and teaches workshops and private lessons in and around Glasgow.
This workshop include focus on playing the digeridoo and learning/experiencing the art culture that surrounds it.
- The history of the didgeridoo
- How are they made and sized
- How to play the didgeridoo
- What is the didgeridoo used for
- Vocal techniques while playing
- Building rhythms
All participants are given a didgeridoo and attempt to play their new instrument with instruction. Some conquer it first time, others take a while. This is a great time of laughter as every one produces hilarious noises and realises it is not as simple as they first thought.
Each participant will be taught traditional art techniques and have the opportunity to paint one of the didgeridoos provided to take home.
Instead of the traditional method of ground stone mixed with blood, acrylic paint is used (you will be pleased to hear) applied with brushes, sticks, and fingers for those messy ones.
*All didgeridoos provided are sanded down, anti-bacterially cleaned PVC tubing cut to size to produce a good quality sound.
All painting materials are provided.
You are asked to provide suitable covering/dust sheets for you floors/tables if needed.