Hi guys! We’re still in Perth. However, this is, sadly, our last day in Australia.
I’ve had a lot of fun here. Have you had fun? I’ve had an amazing time, guys.
Today, I’m going to do something very Australian. I’m going to learn how to play the didgeridoo.
Ooooh. Exciting, right?
Yes, very exciting.
Afterwards, we’re going to meet up and have a nice, little Australian treat together.
I’m looking forward to that.
Okay, guys. We’re here at the music school where I’m going to learn how to play the didgeridoo.
I’m a little bit nervous. I have a musical background.
I play the guitar quite a lot and I used to play the saxophone,
so hopefully that’s going to help me a little bit with the didgeridoo. Let’s see.
Hi, is this the right room? Yeah, come in, mate.
Nial. Liam. Nice to meet you.
So, you’re here to learn some didgeridoo. I am, indeed.
Alright. What do you know about the instrument so far?
Not too much, honestly. I know it’s very typical for Australia,
it’s played by the indigenous population, and I know how it sounds, obviously,
but that’s pretty much it.
Sure. It is a traditional instrument of sacred rituals, that kind of thing.
Not every tribe in Australia uses it.
It’s mainly a Northern Territory, Northern Queensland kind of thing.
It’s only recently been introduced to Western Australia.
This is a traditional didgeridoo. You can see it’s painted and made of wood.
It’s the only naturally occurring instrument in the world.
Because they mostly come from eucalyptus trees, they have a very soft core.
Termites like to eat the soft core of the wood, so they all hallow it out on their own.
Obviously, they’re not doing it in a perfect cylinder.
They just sort of go wherever the tastiest part of the wood is.
So, every wooden one is going to sound just a little bit different
because you can’t guarantee what it’s going to be like.
The way that it works is that it’s all in the lip shape.
So if you go ….
If you make that kind of noise … Wow.
That’s where the sound comes from.
And then we do other things, like if I sing a note at the same time …
Yeah. So, if I go ….
That sounds really cool.
Yeah, that’s the reason I picked the wooden one. It has a much deeper, sort of resonance sound.
You can hear that the plastic ones kind of sound like plastic.
Yeah, you can kind of hear that it’s thinner, you know?
Yes. If you’ve played the saxophone before, you might have a bit of an advantage
because you’ve got some sort of breath control and that kind of thing.
Yeah, that was many years ago, so I don’t know how good I am now, but anyway.
What we’ll start off with then is just some lip exercises.
So, if you do what’s called the “Mona Lisa smile,”
you just have that kind of shape, just tight in the corners.
Yep. And we want to mostly move the top lip.
Mostly the top lip? That kind of thing. Give that a go.
Even that sounded bad. Sorry. My goodness. This is going to go up.
That’s it there. Yeah. Let’s see if we can go the other way.
We might get you to have a go.
You’re probably not going to make a sound straight away.
Alright. Let’s go.
You got it for a second.
How was that? Yeah, that’s really good for a first try, mate.
It’s quite difficult, honestly. I think I overesti-, overestim-
I can’t speak. I’m so exhausted.
You’ll start to learn that after buzzing your lips for a long time,
it starts to get difficult to speak.
Yeah, that was it for a second there. Decent!
That was a lot better. That was a solid four or five seconds there.
What might help is to try a bit more of a …. Start with a bit of an explosion sort of thing.
That was like a proper note! That sounded really good!
Yeah, I’m quite pleased with that, actually.
It’s pretty impressive, actually, that you even got a sound.
Oh well, great. That’s enough for me. Well done, mate!
Thank you so much. Enjoy the rest of your time in Australia.
Thank you so much. See you around.
Hi! How was the didgeridoo?
It was really good. It was quite challenging, actually.
I found I was losing a lot of air from my lungs very quickly,
so I could only hold the note for a few seconds, but as the time went on, I got better.
The lip technique is quite difficult and there’s a lot of things that you need to keep in mind.
Was there a special song you were trying to play?
Honestly, I was just trying to get a sound out of that thing.
Do you think you would like to to take that to the next level?
Would you like to learn more? It would be nice to try it some more times,
but I don’t think you’ll see me in any didgeridoo band any time soon.
No? Okay. Well, you tried it at least. I’m proud of you, Liam.
Well, look what I got for you. I promised you a treat and here it is.
This is pavlova. This looks delicious.
It’s an important part of Australian culture.
In the 1920s, there was a famous Russian ballet dancer,
Anna Pavlova, who was touring Australia and New Zealand.
Apparently, an Australian chef was so impressed by her dancing that he developed this for her.
New Zealand says that it was actually a New Zealand chef who developed it,
but who cares? This looks delicious
and I’m sure it tastes delicious. Do you want to try?
Yeah, let’s dig in. What’s it made out of? It’s meringue with fresh berries and fruit.
You can’t leave Australia without trying this.
Cheers. Spoon cheers!
This is really good. I like the creaminess and also the meringue.
I like the fact that it’s not so sweet. It’s very fresh.
Yeah, good point.
Whether it comes from Australia or New Zealand, it doesn’t matter.
It tastes great. So good.
Our last day in Perth has come to an end and I’m feeling a little bit sad,
but also very happy for everything we have done.
Yeah. We’ve had a lot of fun while we’ve been here.
We’ve seen the quokkas, we’ve explored the city,
and I got to play the didgeridoo for the first time.
What’s your favourite instrument?
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