didgeridoo was crafted in Australia from start to finish by Aboriginal
family Naiuwa. It is meticulously wood burnt and dot painted. The platypus is carved into the didgeridoo and stands 1/4" off the instrument. It has a
high gloss protective finish that lets the wood grain show through. The natural bark has been left on the bottom of the didgeridoo and is also sealed with a high gloss protective finish. Each Naiuwa Didgeridoo is a unique one of a kind piece of art - and as such -
is signed and dated with the year. The didgeridoo pictured is the exact one you will receive. This didgeridoo has a brand new
beeswax mouthpiece. The beeswax mouthpiece brings the diameter of the
didgeridoo down to the perfect size and shape - ready to play out of the
- Key: D Sharp
- Top (outer width): 2.25"
- Bell (outer width): 5.25"
- Height: 54"
- Weight: 15 lbs.
- Experience level: beginner, intermediate, advanced
- Mouthpiece: beeswax
- Material: ironbark eucalyptus
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Naiuwa Art is an Indigenous family owned business of Yiddinjii (Babinda Boulders area NQ), Budjula and Kabi-Kabi (Frazier Island/Hervey Bay and areas of south east QLD) tribal heritage. They have become known nationally and internationally as makers of top quality didgeridoos. They create authentic didgeridoos from carefully chosen, naturally termite hollowed eucalyptus trees. Gerald Appo and his family work together to create their own unique wood burnt and dot painted didgeridoos. Every didgeridoo is carefully sealed inside and out to preserve the instrument. The artwork for each didgeridoo is chosen individually taking into account the shape, size and musical tone. Each one has its own unique look and feel. Naiuwa means "green turtle" which is the nickname given to Gerald by Aboriginal youth he works with. He feels strongly about helping his community. The patience that earned him the nickname Naiuwa can be seen in all of their didgeridoos.
- We purchase our didgeridoos straight from Naiuwa in Queensland Australia. They are good friends of ours. Ordering direct allows us to make sure the didgeridoos we purchase are at a fair trade price that is set by them. Feel good knowing your purchase helps support their Aboriginal owned family business.
- If you have any questions about this didgeridoo or would like to hear it played for you over the phone please call us at (559) 642-6434.
A didgeridoo is traditionally made from one of many species of
eucalyptus branches or saplings. Species of eucalyptus number in the
hundreds but only about a dozen species are used for didgeridoo making.
The eucalyptus is naturally hollowed out by termites whose nests abound
in the millions in Australia. It takes at least a year for the termites
to hollow a tree out. It has to be "just right". The varying length of
the wood that is sawed off and its thickness and shape will determine
which key the instrument will be in. Typically shorter lengths yield
higher pitches, longer lengths yield lower pitches. Didgeridoos
generally range in keys from a high "G" to a low "A". Harvesting has to
be timed so that the wall thickness of the instrument is not too thin
or not too thick. Making for the perfect instrument.
Hear the most popular eucalyptus didgeridoo keys:
Backpressure, Harmonics, Vocals, Volume explained:
- Backpressure: the
resistance of air you feel from the inside of a didgeridoo while you are
playing it. Usually small diameter tubes have more backpressure and
large diameter tubes have less. Good backpressure allows you to circular
breathe more easily and be efficient with your air flow.
the didgeridoo has a fundamental key. Harmonics are higher frequencies
found within the fundamental key. They can be manipulated by the
placement of your tongue while playing. For example, while playing the
didge position your tongue like saying the letter "e", but do not use
your vocal cords. This will create a harmonic.
vocal response is the ability of the didgeridoo to project sound from
your vocal cords while playing the drone. Usually larger diameter didges
have better vocal response than smaller diameter didges.
- Volume: the amount of sound that is produced.