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Name and Country How difficult do you think it would be to learn circular breathing (or thought it was before you learned to do it)? How easy or difficult was it for you to actually learn circular breathing? Please comment on learning to play circular breathing (eg. what helped you the most, what problems did you experience?)
Alex from Australia Medium Medium easy or difficult The hardest part about learning to circular breath for me was actually getting used this new method of breathing the body was not used to this type of behaviour so once my body was used to this new way of breathing then it became second nature I remember how difficult it was at first I was dizzy puffed out the noises were coming out all weird and at different levels not very consistent in quality and volume so there was a lot of problems in the beginning but in retrospect the way I learned to overcome these problems was quite simply to learn how to discover the solutions within the problem itself.
Anonymous from USA Difficult Medium easy or difficult No one seems to be able to really describe it in a way that's immediately useful to the learner--everyone essentially learns by doing.
Andrew from United Kingdom Medium I tried, but still can't circular breathe Still learning finding the techniques using water in the shower and a straw/glass of water the best.
Andrew Hodge from Canada Difficult It was rather difficult to learn I played for many years before I could do circular breathing. However when I did learn I was playing a lot and more frequently then before. What helped me the most was practicing without the didj. I would practice blowing out with my cheeks while breathing in my nose
Bill from USA Very difficult It was quite easy to learn I saw a video of a gentleman comparing it to spitting water while breathing in through your nose. He then went on to explain proper technique
Brian from USA Medium I never tried I am a beginner. Still learning.
Carlos Gandara from USA Difficult I tried, but still can't circular breathe It takes lots of practice to even grasp the basics.
Chagry Akoglu from Turkey Easy It was quite easy to learn We are using circular breathing with some of our cultural instruments like zurna sipsi. And I discovered it first how can I do then I practice with internet videos.
Christopher from USA Medium Medium easy or difficult I'm a professional trumpet player. I used the analogy of driving a car wit a clutch and somehow the idea worked to help me learn circular breathing
David Pau from Argentina Difficult It was rather difficult to learn Failures in the coordination and management of the air.
Derek from Ireland Difficult Medium easy or difficult Breaking the learning process down into steps helped. Time invested in practice was the key also.
Doug from USA Very easy It was very easy to learn Thinking about sucking a straw and the opposite blowing out with only my mouth
Douglas from USA Difficult I never tried Waiting to win one so I can do it.
Elad from Israel Medium It was rather difficult to learn It was hard to do it quickly enough for continuous normal sound
Elzo from Netherlands Medium It was quite easy to learn It became a second nature especially the bounce breathing is now completely self regulating compared to when I started learning it
Erik from Sweden Easy It was quite easy to learn Though I say its easy I can't be sure yet. Started only yesterday... After trying with a straw in water it worked pretty quick. Only I don't have so much control yet. After a minute or 2 have a lack of oxygen anyway
Anonymous from Brazil Difficult It was quite easy to learn First of all I did a research on Youtube watching people teach the basics. Then I practiced a little bit with a glass of water and a straw and voilà: a few days after I managed to sustain the sound by doing circular breathing.
Fred Ashplant from USA Easy It was quite easy to learn The main problem I had initially was that I tried to learn on a home made bamboo didge that had nearly zero back pressure. Once I got a decent didge I learned very quickly.
Grant from Australia Medium Medium easy or difficult I am still refining my skills.....the more I do it the better I get. Focus on the music and not the breathing.
Anonymous Difficult It was rather difficult to learn I have never played but would love to sit out on a cold night with me & the moon glow hearing the sweet sounds of a super interesting instrument I am a self teacher I can learn technique by practice & playing along if I had one but since I have a fascination usually for my wife I put my clinched fist up to my mouth and make a almost moaning sound I watched croc dundee too many times when I hear in movie I try to mimic sounds I do notice it takes quite a lot of lung power I saw on your sight that it is similar to trumpet but I see it closer to a trombone or tuba large beautiful sounds I played trombone in band so I played didj with almost same lip movements to get the lower octave tones played my friends & was hooooooked but can never afford a didj
Howard Dempsey from Australia Difficult Medium easy or difficult Had to use break down of different parts until it came together
Anonymous Difficult I tried, but still can't circular breathe I have just begun and am learning didj so as to try to cure my sleep apnea so shortness of breath is a hinderence...mouth gets very sore after only ten minutes...need to practice more regularly...dont give up!!
James from USA Easy It was quite easy to learn Using a straw in a cum of water and seeing if bubbles would stop. getting used to pushing air out of my mouth while breathing in_ works in the shower since water creates a similar pressure
James from United Kingdom Difficult It was quite easy to learn Pure practice helped the most and it didn't actually take that long to get it. Having a cold didn't help!
Jaroslav Novak from Czech Republic Medium It was quite easy to learn To learn basics was easy but to be gut in circular breathing is a challenge for whole life. Even our best Czech player (O.Smeykal) claims that he still needs to work on it:)
Anonymous Difficult It was very easy to learn What helped me most was having a very patient friend.
John Kelley from USA Difficult Medium easy or difficult The internet helped me the most in learning how to play the didgeridoo
Joseph Carringer from USA Medium It was quite easy to learn I had a sax teacher that taught me the theory before I ever tried on a didge. I teach my students by getting them to spit water in a narrow stream out of their mouth while they breath in through their nose (best done in the shower or outside).
Karl from USA Difficult I never tried I am beginning my journey
Kemal from Turkey Very difficult It was very difficult to learn Its important to blow the air with your lips while you breath with your nose
Kenneth from USA Medium Medium easy or difficult It was a bit of a struggle at first-until I heard of and tried the 'straw in the water glass' technique. That made it quite easy to get going with circular breathing.
Krystal from Canada Very easy It was quite easy to learn It helped to first puff out my cheeks and breathe while keeping my mouth full of air. *The key here is to breathe deeply*. Feel it in your belly!! I breathed like this for a few breathes to get used to the feel. Then I breathed in while blowing out the air in my mouth!! I find it be deep strong diaphragm pump experience.
Anonymous from Canada Medium I tried, but still can't circular breathe I find it difficult to get the timing right so as to exhale and inhale through the nose not using my lungs in the traditional way.
Anonymous from USA Easy It was very difficult to learn Just practicing until I got it. Also the water and straw breathing technique.
Marcus Jones from United Kingdom Difficult Medium easy or difficult Without having a lesson its hard to understand fully what is required to achieve full circular breathing. Having a quick lesson from some that can do it helps a lot to making yo understand.
Anonymous Difficult It was quite easy to learn Practise. I ran out of breath from time to time but now it is easy.
Mary Alford from USA Medium I tried, but still can't circular breathe I have done it a little I think and the analogy of blowing up a balloon was a good one as well as pointing out that I needed more pressure in my cheeks.
Mike from USA Medium I tried, but still can't circular breathe I used to play saxophone when I was younger. There wasn't a real need for circular breathing at that time but I did try it a few times. Practice makes perfect though I'm sure.
Mirko from Germany Difficult Medium easy or difficult The biggest problem was to bring out a tone while pressing out the air and to continue with normal playing after the circular breathing part.
Morgan from USA Medium I tried, but still can't circular breathe I cannot get past the mental barrier that stops me from circular breathing.
Naymond from USA Medium I tried, but still can't circular breathe I was told that I do not have enough Cheek Space to circular breathe. Once the person teaching me decided I couldn't do it I have been trying to teach myself on a PVC (fantastic plastic). Still trying..
Ossian from Australia Difficult It was rather difficult to learn Still don't quite have it.. Practice practice practice..
Anonymous from United Kingdom Difficult It was rather difficult to learn The straw in a glass
Peter from Australia Difficult It was very easy to learn Using rhythms for example "Wong Dee Wokka" circular breath on each "W" sound worked for me
Piergiorgio Fiorucci from Italy Very easy It was very easy to learn U should only live your wood...stay with it as u stay with a woman
Anonymous Difficult I tried, but still can't circular breathe I currently have a bamboo didj and am looking to upgrade so I can possibly learn easier.
Richard Wallace from USA Difficult It was rather difficult to learn It was hard for me to understand how at first but once I figured it out it only took about a week of practice. It helped me to practice every moment I had a chance had everyday.
Robin Pearson from Australia Difficult It was quite easy to learn Dvd instruction experimentation and practice.
Sascha from Luxembourg Difficult I tried, but still can't circular breathe I tried it with a straw and a glass of water. When I was able to do the circular breathing with this "tool" I tried it with my didj. I guess that the didj doesn't have enough "backpressure". [OUR COMMENT: try with two or three straws and so on]
Anonymous Easy Medium easy or difficult I used to play saxophone and its WAYYY DIFFERENT
Susan Stephenson from USA Very difficult I tried, but still can't circular breathe I sort of knew what it meant but had no one to help me learn.
Terry from USA Medium Medium easy or difficult Dizziness
Terry Freeman from USA Very difficult It was quite easy to learn Practice practice practice!
Anonymous from USA Medium I never tried Want to learn to help with sleep apnea
Anonymous Medium I never tried I am willing to learn I love the sound it makes
Anonymous Difficult Medium easy or difficult L'entrainement l'observation et l'├ęcoute de cd de didjeridoo
Warren from New Zealand Difficult I tried, but still can't circular breathe Not sure hoping the video will help

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