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learning Didgeridoo with Marc Miethe

"Rhythms from all over the world .. Berlin Break beats.. Jazz scat-vocals .. Beat-Box ..bass grooves .. mouth percussion .. on the oldest wind instrument of the world !"

My Didgeridoo workshops are made up for beginners, advanced and the very advanced! Explore the widely-scattered possibilities from the simple wooden-tube and it's qualities as a mouth percussion - Instrument. With a lot of humour and a wide range of exercises, sounds and rhythms we will develop the first clear and powerful basic drone to varied sounds, the unspectacular circular breathing to sly rhythms and very percussive styles. For the experienced players, performing on stage or also teaching, I have a lot of tips and continually fresh grooves.

As a trained body-psycho therapist I want to share my knowledge with you about the way that I and many of my students attained a more powerful, precise, faster, more varied and at the same time considerably more relaxed way of playing. Lets find out why "the body in the real instrument", how diaphragm support, the embouchure at the mouthpiece and a proper modulation and compression of the air might help you. To translate playing onto paper, I use a notation which matches as exactly as possible what I'm actually doing with my tongue, for example.

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The "Didgeridoo"... can you tell me what it is?

The Didgeridoo (or Yidaki, Bamboo) is the traditional wind instrument of some Australian Aborigine tribes, who have played it for at least 5000 years in their ceremonies. The inside of a trunk- or branch from the Eucalyptus tree is hollowed out by termites. The Player produces a deep-tone and at the same time varies the overtones trough tongue movements, singing and "pumping" lung pressure drops. Playing the Didgeridoo requires a "Circular Breathing" technique which allows a constant tone to be produced and held.

How ever you write it: "Didgereedoo, Digeridoo, Didjeridoo, Didjeridu, Didjerido, Didgerido, Didgeridu, Didgeredoo, Digiridoo oder Digerido" are no traditional names for the Yidaki.

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[A] "BEGINNER & ALMOST BREATHER"
(alternating group and individual lessons)
  • embouchure for a brilliant, clear and powerful basic drone without not intended noise
  • diaphragm supported louder, but at the same time relaxed playing
  • singing, precise harmonics / overtones
  • basic Sounds and changes with your tongue, belly, voice, lips, throat, cheeks and jaw
  • basic Rhythms, pattern
  • foundation of rhythm notation
  • Circular Breathing technique


  • Tips about: history, instrument tuning, maintenance, building Didgeridoos by yourselves


requirements: good will, no lips or tongue amputation;-)

Duration intensive: 2 days x 4 hrs
Duration @ Festivals: 1 day x 4 hrs
min: 5 participants
max: 25 participants

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[B] "ADVANCED BASICS"
(alternating group and individual lessons)
  • clarify playing Styles with belly, diaphragm, voice, throat, cheeks, jaw, lips & tongue
  • retroflex tonguing
  • clarify circular breathing: tongue pressure, bounce breath, breath on screams
  • breathing economy with in and out breath
  • "roaring" bass effects, orchestral voicing and well-defined fast Screams with your voice
requirements: class [A] or one or two rhythms, some kind of Circular Breathing

Duration intensive: 1 day x 6 hrs
(@ Festivals: 1 day x 4 hrs)
min: 4 participants
max: 12 participants


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[C] "SPECIAL KICKS for advanced"
(alternating group and individual lessons)
  • break beat techniques and extreme Cuts
  • different kind of separated and integrated overblows (Toots), breath on toot
  • very fast Rhythm components combining fluent vocal pattern
  • connecting sounds
  • trombone didgeridoo / slide didgeridoo techniques and melody lines

requirements: "Advanced [B]asics" (or similar abilities)

Duration intensive: 1 day x 6 hrs
(@ Festivals: 1 day x 4 hrs)
min: 4 participants
max: 12 participants

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[X] "BEATBOX & MORE for advanced"

  • Beat-Box (drums & other instrumenst with the mouth) for Didgeridoo player
  • Didgeridoo sounds without the didgeridoo
  • trombone didgeridoo / slide didgeridoo techniques and melody lines
  • playing with very long and special instruments and what they teach us

  • requirements: "Advanced [B]asics" (or similar abilities)

    Duration intensive: 1 day x 6 hrs
    (@ Festivals: 1 day x 4 hrs)
    min: 4 participants
    max: 12 participants

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    [D] "RHYTHM DYNAMICS" (group workshop)
    • building a rhythm structure
    • create effective dynamic, sound and rhythm changes
    • On-Beat&Off-Beat playing
    • Fill-in vs. Thin-Out
    • compound and asymmetrical meters

    requirements: "Advanced [B]asics" (or similar abilities)

    Duration intensive: 1 day x 6 hrs
    (@ Festivals: 1 day x 4 hrs)
    min: 4 participants
    max: 12 participants

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    [E] "DIDGE IN A BAND / ENTERTAINMENT"
    (possible with local guest teachers on percussion, drums, bass, keys, guitar)
    • more Rhythm training & timing exercises
    • exercises for the didge, really loud playing
    • piece building, arrangement, big cycles
    • live communication with the band / playing with other instruments
    • how to function and survive as a Didgeridoo player in a band
    • basis for improvisation, free playing, Soloing, impulses to find your own Style
    • valuable tips about: live technique, stage situation, didgeridoo recording, booking
    • concerts, finding gigs (Marc is the booking agent at Cross Culture Music)
    requirements: "Advanced [B]asics" (or similar abilities)

    Duration intensive: 2 days x 4 hrs
    min: 4 participants
    max: 10 participants

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    [P] "BECOMING A PRO: CONCERT & STUDIO"
    • dealing with stage situations, stagefright
    • basic knowledge about live technique, sound check (Marc provides a small PA)
    • recording situation and studio technique
    • finding concerts (Marc is professional booking agent at Cross Culture Music)
    • concert procedure, t-rider, contractual process and negotiation
    requirements: "Advanced [B]asics" (or similar abilities)

    Duration intensive: 1 day x 4 hrs
    min: 3 participants
    max: 5 participants

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    [T] "HOW TO TEACH DIDGERIDOO"
    (group classes)
    • reasoned teaching structure
    • group dynamics at workshop classes, events, Festivals and in schools / kindergarten
    • background knowledge about Rhythm training & timing exercises
    • theory about the physiological processes (Marc is a qualified body-psycho-therapist)
    • Didge and Snoring / apnea and other healing effects for the player
    • taking care of the students abilities, posture, expression, breath and playing routines
    • final verification as guest teacher at the beginners class
    requirements: [B,C,D] "Advanced [B]asics", Special Ki[C]ks, Rhythm [D]ynamics and Didge in a band / [E]ntertainment

    Duration intensive: 4 days x 4 hrs plus 2 days guest teacher in the beginner class [A]
    min: 3 participants
    max: 5 participants

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    [ONGOING DIDGERIDOO CLASSES]
    (for middle and very advanced)

    classes [B] [C] [D] (6 hrs each) and [E] (2x4 h)
    cheaper as booked individual and incl. 12 additional practice lessons à 60 Min. and guest teacher at class [E]

    requirements: class [A] or one/two rhythms, Circular Breathing ok

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    [S] "SCHOOL WORKSHOPS"

    "Aboriginal Culture, Built a Didge, Play the Didgeridoo” for groups of children and teenagers"

    (more Information on request)

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    [ I ] "INFOTAINMENT / SHOW WORKSHOP"

    ... a combination of Concert & Workshop: This is real Infotainment!

    (more Information on request)

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    DIDGERIDOO[PRIVATE] LESSONS

    Didge to Didge, Face to Face (all lLevel)

    Zeit und Ort individuell nach Vereinbarung

    Abonnement discount(e.g. 4 hours payed in advance)

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    [GROUP DISCOUNT]

    for a collective registration of minimum 2 persons

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    GIFT VOUCHER possible for all my didgeridoo classes, lessons. Playment in advance.

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    INSTRUMENTS: Please bring your own. In case you don´t have one, I provide an instrument.




    Copyright © since 2003 by Marc Miethe, Didgeridoo-Berlin.
    last update: october 26 2011





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