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Name and Country

What inspired you to learn the didj?

Adrian from Australia

Hearing others play

Alan Bush from USA

This website

Alex from Portugal

My best friend have a band (primitive reason) and he always tried that I play with him. someday this happen and I love it

Amanda Hall from Australia

I don't want to learn but I would like my sons to.

Andrew Hodge from Canada

My mum is an aussie and I have known of the instrument my whole life. She bought me my first one when I was 12.

Andrew Murray from Australia

I played one once when I was little, I played it well and have played since.


Ganga giri

Anonymous from USA

Hearing the beautiful sound at a Michael Franti concert.

Angelique from Netherlands

I like the way to play it...it's different than other instruments

Ann from Canada

I was COMPLETELY captivated by the haunting sound of the didj during a camel trek in the Outback a number of years ago. I vowed then to learn to play. Only last year did I find someone to help me learn. To this day, the sound from experienced players gives me goose bumps! I LOVE it!

Anonymous from USA

I was raised in Australia and now live in the USA so, even though I am not Aboriginal, I feel that it is a part of my cultural heritage.


My whole family plays.

Barbara from USA

I needed an interesting present for my husbands birthday, and as soon as I saw it, I became enchanted with the beauty, mystery, meditative and healing aspects of it.

Bart Devos from Belgium

I'm very pleased by this question. Being a movie lover, I was still quite little when I was watching a movie with my parents about a land lord family in Australia who had aboriginals as servants. (It was an adult movie, not intended for my child eyes) I was immediately intrigued by the Aboriginal people, certainly when they started to play a deep connecting, threatening, haunting sound on their didges because of big trouble with the white family. I can still remember pondering about what they were doing and why it had such an impact on me. Without understanding what it was all about, I felt connected and also felt a lot of sympathy for the Aboriginal people. That in my experience haunting sound still sounded, lingered on for quite some time. Much later, a good friend and myself were in a period of experimenting with sound and rare instruments until we discovered an australian shop in Gent. My friend first bought a didge, which I later on learned to play with by following some basic lessons in another shop in Bruges. But there is no doubt that this movie left its seeds into my body. It's a pity that I don't remember the title of the movie, this partly for nostalgic reasons. [OUR COMMENT: we have replaced the three letter word you used with 'Aboriginal people' to avoid insulting anyone]

Anonymous from Belgium

Everything: especially nature - I love to play outside between the trees. Other music I hear in my environment, on psychedelic trance-cd's.


Die fascination ohne Unterbruch zu spielen. die Archaischen Töne. Ein spezielles Interesse an der Aboriginals

Bill Woodward from Canada

The challenge! I'd heard it since I was a kid (Rolf Harris Show!!) and as I'm an artist/musician my wife thought it would be a challenge for me...I'm a smart-arse...so bought me one for Christmas.

Anonymous from USA

Watching Crocodile Dundee. I heard the didge and from that point on I was addicted. And nobody I know knows how to play.


My brother mom dad and mom play it.

Brian from Canada

I like the sound. It strikes me as a soul sound.

Bruce from Australia

Impressed by variety of sounds from such a basic wood-wind.

Anonymous from Australia

It sounds radical. I've always been semi interested, since seeing some of my Granddad's aboriginal friends playing and dancing around his pool when I was a kid.


Interest in the culture; practical reason of not needing to use hands to play (suffering injury at the time)

Chavis Three-sticks from USA

I love the music and the feelings that come from it!


Just felt drawn to it. Love world music sounds.

Chris Glover from United Kingdom

It was an ambition to learn to circular breath and having seen and heard players I thought I like that I gotta learn so the didj was bought and the rest is history!!

Cliff from USA

The sound


My whole family loves the didgeridoo.


Interest for the Aboriginal culture

Damien from Belgium

I was fascinated by the sound


The sound I have always loved it

Dan from USA

I have always loved the sound whenever I have heard a didge played in a movie or recording. I have never known anyone personally who could play one.


Love of the slow meditative style

Dave from United Kingdom

I love everything to do with Australia and I have an interest in Aboriginal culture


My father.

Dave from Canada

The sound. A friend was gifted one and we played and played and played it. I just fell in love.

David Clark from USA

The sound of the instrument and the different sound effects I am able to produce. For me, it's a very special meditation technique. I feel so peaceful after playing it.

Anonymous from USA

I wanted to play something that made me unique


I needed to make something creative... and I need some new way of communication with myself and my surroundings.

David from Australia

I was an English teacher in China for 6 months and introduced some of our culture to my 600 students. The use of the Boomerang for hunting and throwing Boomerangs. We lost 2 over the fence and onto roofs of houses.

Davide from Italy

The bi-harmonic sound. it's really cool


A friend of mine used to play it and that inspired me.

Donald Dawson from Canada

A musical healing course and because it is way cool it opens up the root into the earth

Drew from USA

From the first time I heard it as a kid the drone captured me. I absolutely am in love with the sound, feeling the didgeridoo gives. It makes me feel closer to the true mankind, the good still left in people when I play. That's what inspires me.


I haven't learned how to play yet.

Ed Obermeyer from USA

The haunting sound of the didgeridoo captured me immediately.

Elias from Spain

The sound and the culture


The sound. Then when I learned the history of the instrument, and began to learn about the Aboriginal culture, this inspired me.

Eric from USA

One of my friends was learning how to play and I became interested.

Francis from France

I discovered the Yothu Yindi band durng my Oz trip back in 1992

Frank Eisenblätter from Belgium

Don't really know, first someone did gave me some pictures of Uluru, than I heard a Gary ThomasCD, than a colleague came back from Australia with a didge and I could immediately play it rather well, next thing I noticed was me standing in an world music instruments shop buying my first didge (bamboo).

Gary Biron from USA

The sounds it makes when played correct!

Gary Price from Australia

I have always loved the sound of them


I love the sound.


Love the sound and vibe.

Graeme from United Kingdom

Listening to a tape; haunting sound

Greg Seward from USA

Use in shamanic journeying; facilitate journeying by participants in past workshops I would teach on shamanic traditions.

Ian from Netherlands

Seeing a movie where in one scene a old Aborigine, was sitting crouched, near Uluru playing the Yidaki, the Drone just caught me and I want to learn.

Ian from Canada

I have always been interested in musical instruments and the sound of the didj really 'resonated' with a meditative part of me.

Anonymous from Hong Kong

I find the art and culture inspiring and, importantly, I love the sound.

J. Kaufman from USA

I was inspired in a vision. I am connected to the didge through an interdimensional reality.

Jake from USA

I heard it being played at one point in my childhood and fell in love with the other worldly vibe it brings to the table. you forget about everything else when you play or listen to the didj, you're just lost in the forest somewhere.

Jamie from United Kingdom

The sound to me is pretty much the most incredible sound ever. I also love the fact that it can be used for healing and meditation. Also with other instruments guitar etc I always found a barrier the music was there but it was hard to get out and put together. whereas the didge is different it is like the body is the instrument and the didge is the perfect conduit for what wants to come out. It also puts me in a real good vibe before I go surfing.

Janawirri Yiparrka from Australia

Not mark atkins, I have been playing for 35years after seeing mob play in the Kimberly

Jeannie from USA

I wasn't inspired to play, just wanted one. My son does want to play, but he is only 7, but he does think he can play.

Jeff from USA

It feels right

Jeff Nelson from USA

When I was 12 I attended a Jamboree in British Columbia Canada. While there I met a man from Melbourne. He introduced me to Vegimite. <to this day I still remember the taste lol> Over the course of the week we became very good friends and when the Jamboree was over we exchanged addresses. Over the years I requested some music of Aboriginal origins and he would send me cassettes. I always loved the didge and the sounds it could make. I owe my love of the didge to a fellow named Rex from downunda. Thank you Rex. that was 21 years ago.

Jeffrey from USA

By listening to a radio program called Hearts of Space and a program called Circular Breathing.

Jenna Luksetich from USA

The majestic sound and mental relaxation.

Jeremy Erb from USA

I've always been drawn to the sounds the didj can create, its very diverse and it moves me.

Jesse from USA

I learned because of a friend of mine

Jessica Tenorio from Mexico

I don't have one:( but I had more than a year practicing the continuous breath in a poor cardboard tube, but I have so much faith in this: in fast time I could makin and giving vibrations for my people

Jessica Wilson from Canada

KaNal This website

Jim Cote from USA

The first time I heard one was it.... that's all it took.. it was bamboo.. but my ear was right at the end

Jim from USA

The first time I listened to Australian Aborigines play it, it was beautiful, and mostly relaxing.

John from USA

Being in Australia

John from USA

Ash Dargan

John from USA

I play Native American flute, bamboo Chinese and middle eastern flutes. I use them for meditation, healing, weddings, ceremonies, and sometimes regular performances.

John from United Kingdom

It just seemed the coolest instrument out there

Jon from USA

I'm not at all music trained,, but I love the trancelike sound I can make. I feel close to nature, and a somewhat spiritual feeling while playing. I really enjoy playing for my friends and family.

Anonymous from Malta

I love nature and meditation

Jordan from USA

Hearing it the very first time, maybe even crocodile dundee

Jose Luis from Spain

It being a traditional, indigenous instrument of a culture I'm very much interested in.


A traveling workshop, and how easy it was for me at first.

Julian from United Kingdom

Circular breathing and connection to spirits aboriginal or welsh love hearing calls between animals subtle pulses

Julien from Canada

EM Dee show at the sunset market in Darwin.

Kathy from USA


Kent from USA

My son wanted one and I am the one that actually ended up playing.

Kerry Hufford from USA

Hearing the sound for the first time from a street musician, I knew immediately this instrument was something that I needed to explore more.

Kev English from United Kingdom

To be part of a worldwide people who have the right ideas.

Klaus Burger from Germany

I am professional tuba player

Kyle Phillips from USA

I heard a guy playing on his front porch. I stopped to listen. 30 minutes later he finished, I shook his hand and had to find out all I could about it. Borrowed a musician friend's plastic didge to learn circular breathing. Then I found you guys.

Leah from United Kingdom

I heard/saw it being played live at Circular Quay and was inspired. I wanted to learn to make that music!


The unique sound

Luis Figueira from Portugal

The culture of the australian native people and their shamanic principles.

Malcolm from Australia

Love the Haunting sound and I come from a river area in the country on the Murray River

Marie-theres from Switzerland

I was fascinated by the very low sounds and the variety of sounds you can make.

Anonymous from USA

My friend plays one. After hearing him play I immediately searched the web for didj playing and found an amazing world of sound that I had never really heard before. The sound of a didj is so unique and beautiful. I have always been interested in music and play quite a few instruments quite proficiently. The didgeridoo is my first wind instrument I have owned. I am still learning, but am always excited to sit down with my didj and just drone away. I find it quite relaxing and peaceful.

Anonymous from Canada

Jamiroquai (early records)!

Mark from USA

I love the sound and the history; something about the living antiquity of it all quite inspired me.

Anonymous from United Kingdom

Loved the idea and the sound. Very unusual.

Marshall Sykes from USA

I went to an Xavier Rudd concert in Ashville, N.C., U.S. and saw him playing several Didjes. When I got home I did some research and found and listened to some other professional didj players. I also found out you could make one from pvc and beeswax

Matt Benson-parry from Australia

I am a white guy from Australia and I believe that the didgeridoo is part of my heritage as an Australian.

Matt from USA

I saw one being played.

Michael from Isle Of Man

Being into vibrational music, traveling.

Michael from USA

That haunting sound...

Anonymous from Germany

Ein Konzert einer Didge-Gruppe in Gifhorn


To entertain myself and friends

Michael Reid from USA

The fact that it is a tonal instrument...I do throat singing and play the khomus

Mike Walker from USA

I have been a musician for over ten years and have never heard an instrument with such a unique relaxing sound. but I have never been able to read music, I sing a lot of improvised jazz were my ear is far more important than what I can read on paper. I took up the didj knowing that reading music was not a huge part of this great instrument, but your mind set and lifestyle. its not just music, its a way of life

Moreno from Italy

Hi everyone. I learned to play the didjeridu on my own years ago here in Turin, while having a strong feeling of loneliness and isolation as it was impossible to get clues or people helping me in how to go ahead. It got me after watching an Aboriginal Group performance where the didjeridu accompanied traditional songs and dances. Caught by the sound of this instrument I went closer to the stage to watch which technique the musician was actually using. I could not guess what was happening to me: the seed of my new life. My work as copywriter and my agency became increasingly a memory fading away since then. All occurred thanks to a inner guide which took me into this wonderful world. To me playing the didjeridu does not only mean to produce sounds within rhythmical patterns, but also to get in touch with my deepest sides, these arising only in particular moments. I reach my inner spaces with the didj and I catch my creativity there. My advice is then to technically learn how to play the instrument and then leave it for your own expression when you feel loose with it. First of all my thanks go to the Aboriginal People from which this instrument comes and who find it hard to get back to their dignity. The fact that many white people play the didjeridu today is not happily welcome by all the Aboriginal People. But it is tremendously crucial to split who masters this research and plays his own music without stealing anything from its original and sacred culture. Similar instruments are played in some parts of the world with quite different techniques and inspiration. Play it if you like it but do it in you personal way, spontaneously and musically.

Nigel from United Kingdom

I have always been blown away by the haunting sound of a didj... since I was a kid of about 5.

Olivier Labrevoir from France

Very interested for a long time by the aboriginal culture and australian country

Owen from Australia

My spirit within


Like the look and enjoy the sounds

Paula Van Rijn from Netherlands

The first time I heard a didge (was in australia). It did something to me. I can't explain it but I will not forget that feeling.

Peggy Adams from USA

I heard it and liked the sound

Penny Jones from USA

Dear friend of my daughter's.

Peter from USA

See above/ below

Phoenix from USA

I had the idea to use it for meditation about 10 years ago.now I really want to follow up on it.

Quinn from USA

I saw a few videos, and visited a Didgeridoo shop.

Ralph Ray from USA

I am an instrumentalist and can play over 50 instruments. I am branching out to instruments of other countries and cultures. After hearing a song a long time ago that had the line, "Play me didgeridoo, Lou" I always wondered what it was. Also, I am intrigued with all things Australian, the Aborigines, the outback, sailing, walkabouts, etc. (Too right, mate!) I used to race on a sailboat called Sidney Push, which is the name of an Australian wind.

Randy from USA

A 1980's movie "The Coca-Cola Kid". I loved the music! Still do for that matter.

Ray Higgins from Australia

I loved the sound

Anonymous from USA

A way to relax and play with my friends.

Reid Ostlund from USA

The sound

Rene from Netherlands

I was on vacation in Australia and bought a didgeridoo. Did some workshops in Holland and then all started. I always loved to play music


I bought in for a friend as an aid to help with improving sleep apnea. I'll will be interested to try to play it too.

Robbie from USA

Love how so much comes from the simple things.

Robert Heller from USA

Ever since I was a child and heard that sound. It was like magic and I have always felt drawn to it.

Robin Dewan from Finland

I loved the sound when I first heard it and just started practicing


Interest in the sound and history

Rui from Portugal

I always liked the sound of the didj. Also Australia and Australian Culture always got my attention in a great deal.

Anonymous from USA

The very first time that I heard a didge (age 13) I fell in love with the sound. Only after I was in my late 20's did I figure out what it was, and that I felt the need to learn it (though in truth, I have only been playing for less than a year).

Ryan from USA

After watching lots of Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, my childhood hero, I learned much about the Australian environment, wildlife, and culture. I came across some for sale at a shop in a Renaissance fair that was selling exotic instruments. I researched didge playing and listened to many players on Youtube, and became hooked.

Ryan from USA

The first one I acquired was from a friend who traveled to south america, he gave me this didj and I've been hooked ever since, when I first tried it I was able to make some pretty cool sounds and from there on I've been hooked

Selcuk from Canada

A street busker who goes by the name Shabiten. The things he could do with it filled me with a deep desire to learn this wonderful instrument. How can something so simple looking, create such a wondrous atmosphere by itself?! It was simply astounding.

Sergio from Colombia

I got caught by its sound, its looks and all the culture around it


Made my first didj from PVC pipe. Loved it so purchase two didj from the didj shop

Stephen from USA

Hearing it played

Anonymous from Australia

Loved the idea and need something different for the family sing for your supper night at xmas time that has become a regular event every year for the last 20 something yrs

Steven Williams from USA

I loved the sound upon first hearing it. Years later I was gifted a didgeridoo bought in Alan's shop in Alice Springs( could well be aboriginal crafted but can't say for sure). Have tried to learn a little about this amazing instrument ever since.

Suzen Vizzoni from USA

I heard it one day at a craft show and the instrument chose me. I never thought I would ever play an instrument but how can I explain that this one simply overtook me. I bought one on the spot and learned to circular breathe in two short weeks. I was possessed and this instrument has lead me to new directions in my life.


I love Xavier Rudd so I bought one for my boyfriend for Christmas.

Symon Browne from Australia

The death of my grand mother

Anonymous from Hungary

I can't explain that.

Thomas from Norway

Sound of the instrument -

Tiago Oliveira from Portugal

I saw a man playing the instrument(1 month ago). from that day I tried to learn something about the didj. but it's not easy because in may country there aren't on sale real Didjes and the place that you can learn it's on the net.

Timur from Germany

The rhythm of this amazing instrument,which goes through my body and touches my soul. Since I'm inspired from the book"the dreamcatcher",I'm interested about the aborigines and their culture.

Tom Lange from USA

12 years of tuba, got bored House mate studied in Australia and brought home a didjeridu - instant connection!

Tomas from USA

The sound of it. When I heard it for the first time I had to learn it. There was no other option.


It is has a beautiful sound.

Tyler from USA

I was on tour and my keyboard player purchased a didge and played it into my body. It felt so good I wanted to do this to others.

Anonymous from Czech Republic

The healing sound

William from USA

A bunch of friends were sitting around a campfire one night and someone passed around a didge and everyone tried to play it. I actually made sound with it, and decided to pursue learning the instrument and some of the interesting history. I am still learning both and ENJOYING!!

Wolfgang Gaspar from Germany

5 Years ago I had contact with an Didge player in my town...this was a very deep experience and at this moment I know that I want to Play Didgeridoo

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