First, a healthy snack idea that
has something to do with this Treat: it's an obvious choice - pretzels! They
look just like this unique musical instrument, only much, much smaller - and
much tastier, too! While you're eating your pretzels, pretend that they're
horns, and make imaginary songs!
The didgeridoo is one of the most
wonderful and unusual musical instruments known to man. Pronounce it as
"did-juh-ree-doo" and spell it also as "didjeridu." It may be the world's
oldest wind instrument. It comes from Australia, where the native people - the
aborigines - devised it as many as 1,500 years ago.
Similar in tone to some of the
great, long horns of the ancient Middle East, the wooden didgeridoo has a
one-of-a-kind sound that is haunting, melodic and almost spiritual. It generally
ranges from D to F#.
The horn is made from the
hollowed-out trunk of a small tree. The hollowing usually has been done by
white ants, or termites. The artist will clean out the insides with a stick,
and then scrape the sides in a pleasing native design to aid in sound
transportation. Often, beautiful and colorful aboriginal painting completes the
The "blowing end" is usually
rimmed with beeswax.
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