CHARLES FENDROCK-Massachusetts, USA

Introduction- By Tynon- Charles is a didg bro.  I feel like, I know him so well, even though we havn't yet met in person. he bought his first Oz didg  of us, ages ago and we've gone on to develop quite a friendship. What makes  Charles didg story very interesting apart from his helpful tips about keys and whats good in a didg, is that he has gone on to find his own didgs in his backyard in the States. Don't expect him to give  away his secret, for he may be like most didg finders, a tad secretive. But he certainly has reminded us that if you really want to find a hollow log there out there.

Didg Quiver Origin & Story                                                                      

 13 August 2001

One day a year or two ago, my wife informed me that if I didnít tell her really soon what I wanted for Christmas, that Iíd have to wait until the next year. Fair enough! From a childrenís catalog I selected a very inexpensive bamboo didgeridoo. After a few weeks of playing around, the primitive nature of the sound and instrument captured my imagination. Shortly after that, I purchased my first didg from Tynon. That was the real beginning of my present didg quiver.

 6 came from Heartland. Using the information on the Heartland website and Tynonís advice, I made 12 didges from logs found in my woods or found while on vacation in the northeast of the USA. 2 early ones are PVC pipe. (Another maple didg log still stands in my woods. I suspect it will be in the key of C and is for the future.) How many didges will I make? Ah, that all depends upon how many good didg logs I find!

As one who loves to build things, the whole experience has given me tremendous satisfaction from starting with a bug-filled log in the woods to creating sounds that only daydreams can fathom. The whole collection contains keys from A thru G, many shapes and sizes, and ranges from OK players to the best that one can find.

Initially, the keys of C thru D# were the easiest for me to play and learn on. Also, I found the smaller bore didges were the easiest on which to learn to circular breathe. I suppose there is just that much less air to keep in motion. This range of keys is also one where it is easiest for me to add-in compatible vocal sounds. With more experience, the favored playing range expanded from B thru E. The lower keys (B, and even more so A) I find are more difficult to keep the drone going while creating other sounds. E is getting toward the top of an easily added vocal sound for me.

Many of the home didges are smaller and are therefore very portable, so there is a place for them. Iíve made some large, straight-bore didges. They have a big sound, though they also have quite a characteristic reverberative quality. In general, my favorite players and sounds come from the nicely tapered, big bore didges from OZ. To create a big, resonant sound, if that is what one wants, one needs to move a big volume of air to create it.

Playing the didg, I suppose like any musical instrument, requires that one focus on the playing, thus clearing all else from ones mind. I play when no one else is around. It just relaxes me and makes my imagination roam.

 

-Charles F.,

Massachusetts, USA

 

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