Monday 25 January 2016


The didgeridoo (also known as a didjeridu) is a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia potentially within the last 1,500 years and still in widespread use today both in Australia and around the world. It is sometimes described as a natural wooden trumpet or "drone pipe". Musicologists classify it as an aerophone.

There are no reliable sources stating the didgeridoo's exact age. Archaeological studies of rock art in Northern Australia suggest that the people of the Kakadu region of the Northern Territory have been using the didgeridoo for less than 1,000 years, based on the dating of paintings on cave walls and shelters from this period. A clear rock painting in Ginga Wardelirrhmeng, on the northern edge of the Arnhem Land plateau, from the freshwater period (that was begun 1500 years ago) shows a didgeridoo player and two songmen participating in an Ubarr Ceremony.

A modern didgeridoo is usually cylindrical or conical, and can measure anywhere from 1 to 3 m (3 to 10 ft) long. Most are around 1.2 m (4 ft) long. Generally, the longer the instrument, the lower its pitch or key. However, flared instruments play a higher pitch than unflared instruments of the same length.


This post is part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme,
and also part of the Macro Monday meme.


  1. They are pretty, I love all the colors. Great shot. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  2. Hi Nick,

    I would never have guessed they made music. Thanks for playing today.

    Have a Beautiful Blue Monday!

  3. I learn something each week from your blog.

  4. Each one is a work of art! Lovely!

  5. Happy Australia Day to you. Love the sound of the didgeridoo. Went to Jazz and Blues Fest in Sioux Falls, SD last July to hear Peter Harper and the Midwest Kind. He played blues didgeridoo that just rocked. I think the instrument was made to play the blues. And yes, Peter Harper is Australian.

  6. These are so beautiful, Nick. I have something that looks like this called a rain stick, hollow with beads inside.

  7. Oh wow! They are beautiful!

  8. Bright and wonderful and detailed designs on these didgeridoos.


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