Etudes on the Toot

A tutorial look at the technique and use of the first overtone note of the didjeridu by Ed Drury

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Glossary of Terms

Bounced Breaths - There is another, more rhythmic, way to circular breathe. Go back to lesson one and review our first rhythm which was ai ccomplished with gut slaps. What we want to do here is bounce the air through our buzzing lips and snatch a quick sniff of air through the nose immediately after.

Double Tonging is a method of tonguing which creates couplets of beats. It is accomplished by alternating striking the tip of the tongue (as done when pronouning the consonant sound "T") and the back of the tongue (as when you make the "K" consonant sound). To notate this rhythm phonetically use the phrase , "Tuk Ka Tuk Da".

Gut Slaps (or bounced note) - Example of the bounced note. Our first rhythm is a basic 4/4 beat produced by bouncing the air through our buzzing lips using the tummy muscles just as if we were expelling a deep belly laugh (eg - ha!ha!ha!ha!).

Triple Tonging divides the beats into triplets and can be notated phonetically with the phrase, "Tuk Eh Tah, Tuck Eh Tah".

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