Putting a Didg Quiver - Collection together
Check out ~~stories and tips from different didg folk below
My 1994 Quiver
Didgs are so individual, its only by having a few that one can taste the possibilities.
If one has wet your appetite and your thirsty for more, then yes you've got the didg virus. dadadada...
Don't worry, your not alone, theres many of us out there. Truthfully, what a blessing , I'm thankful for my collection of 14 at home and a shop filled with 200 +.
If you've got the bug, your probably going, "you lucky bugger".
I suppose I am and I must also say that I've helped folk build personal collections that make my own look tame. But I love sharing these precious instruments. Their beauty, individuality, and sound presence is constantly engaging.
I know of didg folk whose collection has grown and grown. The fella I learnt didg from has approx 30, another guy I know has 85. Wow you'd understandably say. Well I suppose thats what happens when one has a terminal case.
Well I can think of a million worse hobbies that become a passion/ addiction.
So you'd like to know, how to approach building a didg collection?
I'll take you through ways of approaching this fun journey and we'll also look at other folks collections and see how they are building on their didgin journey.
happy didgin, Tynon
P.S.- The photo above was my collection about 7 years back. The didg on the far right was the second didg that I ever made. A gorgous C# Mallee Gum with a big gently tapering hole throughout and lovely wavy wood grain. Sound-Yumm . Still a favorite.
DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO
BUILDING A QUIVER
FEEDBACK & DIDG QUIVER - PHOTOS FROM OTHER FOLK
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DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO
BUILDING A QUIVER
by looking at
One consideration in a quiver is looks, aesthetic style, or who its made by and the area its from.
Naturals - with the bark left on. If you searche out a classic natural they are collectors didgeridoos. If you get one with very individual features, it is often becomes a very prized didg in the collection. Folk love the purity of them and they tend to take one back to the source of it all.
Sanded bare didgs- Just the wood grain
speaking volumes is a goer. Whether the white sap wood or sapwood at base
and heart wood to the top or a choice sunseasoned dead wood didg with all the
stories the grain tells in how the tree slowly died and seasoned, or a
fiddleback didg with the classic wavy grain throughout. Ahhhh!!!! Look out to in
the grain, sometimes theres animals who knows looking out from the grain,
always something to tell.
Bare naturals- often a third bark at base and two thirds sanded bare. There's something strong about a bare natural. The earthy roots and the bare wood. I luv them.
Painted or bare painted- These days most folk tend to like some wood grain showing through whilst one fully painted didgeridoo in the collection is also a nice addition.
Carved- A carved didgeridoo brings extra life to artwork and is a great in a top class collectors didgeridoo.
Bamboo/Plastic/Agave/Copper/Pottery/ Gourd/Hemp - There are many other options
Some folk like a didgeridoo
-straight and either flaring at end or tapered over length.
- with a big bell.
- with some curve and interesting shapes or features.
short less than 1000mm (3'4")
mid length 1000-1400 mm(3'4"-4'8") ( Most didgeridoos fit into this category)
long 1400-1700 mm (4'8"-5'8") ( Some folk like a nice long didg about five feet+)
extra long 1700+ (5'8"+)
WHO ITS MADE BY
Buying it from someone we relate to or admire as to their work is an important consideration. Some players collect from a range of makers anf fin this gives them a great cross section of didgeridoos, and others form an allegiance or didg realtionship and buy of the one mob who look after their didg needs and help search for their next didgeridoo, very aware of finding exactly what the buyer is after.
WHERE ITS FROM
One may search down didgeridoos found in different areas e.g- parts of Australia and or different wood types and build a collection featuring the best of each wood from say Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and Victoria/ South Australia
WOOD TYPES may include
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Didgeridoo Key or Note
The range is mostly from low to
A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G
*A, A#, B are low deep grumblers. Your
lips vibrate very slow and so they are challenging for
*C, C# are deep whilst being easy to play ( some folk find a C hard to learn circular breathing on because your lips are vibrating fairly slow)
*D, D#, E are very easy to play and suit beginners to advanced straight out.
*F, F#, G are high and driving and whilst they may be easy to get a note for a beginner , they are harder to get a quality sound )
Some folks go for whole notes, but many musos find the sharps the better note. It doesn't matter, whatever your preference.
A very common approach, building a quiver is to have didgeridoos with a range of notes.
I'll give you a picture of how one could build a quiver focusing on key. This will be one approach and remember there are a myriad, but the logic behind how and why I choose the following will help you build yours from wherever you are, as to what didgeridoos you already have and where your heading.
For a first didgeridoo, I often
recommend either an E, D#,D ,C#, so lets say you've chosen a D ( the
note that's right in the middle from high to low). Easy to play,
deep sounding but easy to play driving rhythms.
Next step if you wanted a deeper didg, I'd say go for a C. Next step after that going higher you may go for an E or F
But alternatively if you chose a D# to start with you may got to a C# next, its just about spreading it out and getting some contrast in the sound.
Possible quiver combinations. They're endless but heres a few
C, D, E
B, C#, D, F
C, C#, D, D#
It goes on and on
My favorite didgeridoos &
notes is that last combination of C, C#, D, D#. ( I play these notes
the most) I also have a lovely A, B & G , I am on the search for an E
and I think I've found my F.
My quiver is
A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G (Missing those in Red) With a slide didgeridoo as a back up I may not worry about the F#. I also have a few D's- different styles and yes a favourite note.
Another approach to building a quiver is to
choose notes that play well together, in case a friend drops round and you
can both get on two different notes and harmonise. From my
experience B & D, C & E, C & F, G & E, G & B, F & B go
well The sharps I'm less experienced with but I'll look into.
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Didgeridoo Playing styles
Different didgeridoos play differently even if the same note.
Heres a cross section of different styles of
* Even diameter & tight holed- Easy
to play but sound lacks resonance
* Even diameter and open holed - Depending upon hole configuration, it may be easy or require some air but it will be definitely very resonant, loud and rich toned.
* Tapered top third, then open holed - Easy to play and definitely very resonant, loud and rich toned
* Tapered top two thirds then open holed Very easy to play and definatily very , loud, rich toned, and highly responsive.
* Tapered full length from small to large holed - Very easy to play and definitely very , loud, rich toned, and highly responsive.
* Tight hole, top two thirds then opening to large hole- High powered playing didg, with an edge to the sound but very loud and highly responsive. Lacks a little warmth.
* Extra long didg, tight top third and tapering to large hole- Easy to play and definitely very , loud, rich toned, and highly responsive. Some of these are like the grail. Elusive but if you find one they are nirvana.
Tapered didgeridoos are generally sort after but for interest open holed, smooth walled, fairly straight even diameter, minimal tapered didgeridoos can be as good given the right configuration. Some are just awesome for they are also short and so vocals travel effortlessly. So in summary there are two styles I like, one the classic taper and one the classic open holed didgeridoo.
One thing to remember with tapered didgeridoos, is that its not what the didgeridoo looks like on the outside, its what the hole is doing on the inside.
How to build a top quiver on a budget?
Speak to the didgeridoo supplier about your budget, what you have didgeridoo wise, what you want and see it as a project and work together on it. I always get great pleasure consciously helping a didgeridoo friend build their collection and doing so looking after their hip pocket. Many tips above will help you, and as I mentioned, by getting two , preferably three didgeridoos as a minimum, spread across the sound range you will have a good cross section of sound possibilities. Buying a slide didgeridoo will also help you to not have to buy so many hardwood didgeridoos. Also a bamboo didgeridoo can be an affordable option . Choose one well and you can have a great player.
I hope these tips are helpful. Any further questions , let me know
happy didgin, Tynon
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