Saturday, May 15, 2010

Mr. B. Plays the Didgeredoo!

Mr. B. is a fabulous music teacher and musician. Today he brought his didgeridoo to play for the students.

Didgeridoo Fun Facts!

1.  A didgeridoo is a wind instrument.

2.  It was developed by the indigenous Australians of northern Australia.

3.  A didgeridoo is traditionally made of eucalyptus, but Mr. B.'s is made out of a yucca plant.

Do you know any other facts about the didgeridoo?
Do you have any questions for Mr. B.?


  1. Dear Mr B,
    I liked the way you played the didgerdoo.
    Here are some facts that I know about the didgerdoo. Sometimes the didgerdoo is described as a wooden trumpet. The Aborginals play the didgerdoo with clapsticks to keep in beat with the didgerdoo. The clapstick are made out of wood too.
    Now I have a few questions that I would like to ask you.
    Did you make your didgeroo and how long have been playing the didgeroo? Are you going to paint your didgeroo?
    I have a didgeroo but my is very short and it is painted with dots by an Aborginal.I really like to play my didgeroo.
    Yours sincerely Bianca.

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  3. Dear Mr. B.,

    The didgeridoo sounds great! It makes me relax a lot.

    The didgeridoo looks hard to play. Does it?

    Kayla ;)

  4. Dear Mr B,
    how clever are you to be able to play the didgeroo. I know for a fact it`s really hard to play, so well done. Bianca owns her own didgeroo and she too has be able to get some music out of it. I did try however somehow it just didn`t sound quite right as a matter of fact nothing really came out. Ten out of ten for your wonderful performance.
    Yours sincerely from down under AA.

  5. Dear Mr. B,

    Thank you for sharing the didgeredoo with us. I made a didgeredoo in kindergarten when we were studying Australia. We got to decorate them too! I think I decorated it by painting a kangaroo, a dingo, a wombat, and a kookaburra. My didgeredoo sounded the best because it was more hollow.

    Do you know anymore Australian instruments?


  6. Dear Mr. B,

    I loved hearing you play the didgeredoo. It's weird how it sounds like animals. The wax mouth piece sounds like it feels weird on your mouth.


  7. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I never knew what the digeredoo was until Mr. B told us. It makes a really cool noise! It must be hard to play that instrument.


  8. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    When I looked up didgeridoo on World Book Online I learned that it can be 5-15 feet long. Yes, I do have two questions for Mr. B and here they are: Where did you get the didgeridoo? When did you get it?


  9. Dear Mr. B,

    The didgerdoo was a very interesting musical instrument to learn about. I never knew there was such thing as a didgerdoo. Australia must be a very loud country because of how many didgerdoos they probably have.


  10. Dear Mr.B,

    Wow! It must be hard to play the didgerdoo. The didgerndoo is interesting because it takes a lot of guts to blow threw it, and it makes calls to other animals.

    Your friend,

  11. Dear Mr. B,

    I have to tell you that I love your post of playing didgerdoo. Your didgerdoo looks long and beautiful. You played well. You have been a great music teacher. Paul loves your class. I have been wondering if you have recorded the last show at multi purpose room. I have always wanted to have a cd of the show.

    Matthew (Paul's dad)

  12. Dear Mr. B,

    The sounds from the digerdoo are very interesting. It sounds to me like a foghorn. I enjoyed it a lot. What does it sound to you? How long is a digerdoo?

    Jollene :}

  13. Dear Mr. B,

    When the class and I walked into your room and saw you playing the didgeridoo I had no idea what was happening! You sounded great though. I think that the didgeridoo is a very interesting instrument. One of the reasons why I think that is, it is found in Australia in the same shape that you get it. Thank you for being such a great music teacher.

    Gal (:

  14. Dear Mr. B. and students,
    This was a very interesting instrument with such distinct sound. I had to read more about didgeridoos, because I didn't know much about them. Did you know that in order to make a didgeridoo they have to search long for the right kind of hard tree trunk which has died? They normally choose the parts which have been already hollowed in their center by termites.
    Thanks for sharing this post and great playing! ♬

    Soosan (Ava's mom)

  15. Dear Mr. B

    I never had seen didgeridoo before. It is a very gigantic and interesting instrument to play.
    Here are my questions that I would like to know.
    How could you make that sound? Where can we find it?I'm sure it is not easy to play.

    ~Kayla's mom~

  16. Dear Mr. B.,

    How do termites eat the center of a dideridoo? Don't termites eat all of the wood of this music maker? A dideridoo looks like a giant wood flute. How do you carve the dideredoo?


  17. @ Paul,
    I would love to answer your question about the didgeridoo and the termites. It is true that termites do love to eat wood but what the Aborginal people do when they find the correct tree to make their didgeridoo they make sure that it is partly hollow with termites. They must make sure it is hollow to a certain point and then to make sure they remove all the termites out they actually send smoke into the partly hollow tree. Once the smoke enters the hollow tree the termites run out of the partly hollow tree and then the Aboriginal start to make their didgeridoo. Hope this has answered your question
    yours sincerly AA.

  18. Hi Mr B.

    That sounds like u have been playing for a few years i think mite play it some time.

    Melivllie Intermediate New Zealand Wiakato Hamilton. Cameron.

  19. Dear Mr B,

    You are so clever to be able to play the didgeridoo. I had no idea that people outside of Australia could play the didgeridoo. Where did you learn?

    Did you know that didgeridoo is not actually an Aboriginal word? It was made up in the 1920s. The Aboriginal word is yidaki. I learnt that when we went on an excursion to Narana Creations yesterday. Narana Creations is an Aboriginal Cultural Centre. You can read about our excursion here

    From your friend,
    Miss McGeady

  20. Wow that is big! I haven't seen one for a long time!

  21. Dear Mr. B.,
    I have just finished listening to you play the didgeredoo and wanted you to know how fascinated I am with that instrument. I must admit that this is the very first time I have heard of its existence and am so pleased to learn about it. As a matter of fact, I am going to look it up in the encyclopedia as soon as I am finished writing this so I can learn even more. Did you get your instrument here in the U.S. or did you get it elsewhere? Thank you for sharing such a fascinating instrument with us all.
    Marsha Cooke
    (Kendall's grandmother)


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