The One Of The World 's Oldest Instruments

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The Didgeridoo is considered to be one of the world’s oldest instruments. It is thought to have originated in Northern Australia and researchers think it may have been in use for 40,000 years. “There are carvings on cave walls that depict the didgeridoo in use from the Kakadu people dating back about 1,000 years.” (The Didjeridu: From Arnhem Land to the Internet) The first Didgeridoos were made of eucalyptus trees limbs or Bamboo and that were hollowed out by termites. (McMahon) Aborigine people living in Northern Australia would clean them out using sticks and cut them to an ideal length. After cleaning the limbs or bamboo out, hot coals are used to kill any insects. Most didgeridoos range from three to ten feet long. Length usually plays a role in pitch; if it is longer it has a lower tone and shorter instruments have a higher pitch. Didgeridoos are usually conical in shape. The Didgeridoo is a wind instrument or aerophone. It is called this because it uses air to vibrate and create sound within an instrument. (Hornbostel and Sachs) The player blows air into the smaller end or mouthpiece and often times people use beeswax to help create a seal with the lips and the instrument. Air pushed through the lips help the lips to vibrate and create the sound. Today modern didgeridoo’s can be made from a variety of materials. Some are made of glass, metal, cactus or almost any material that can be hollowed out into a tube. Because of the irregular shape of the natural instrument
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