How Do You Didjeridu ?

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  2/26/2009


Deschutes Public Library is pleased to host local didjeridu performer, Tyler Spencer, for two rescheduled programs at the Redmond and Sisters Libraries. The programs are free and open to the public.


At the tender age of 15, Tyler Spencer discovered the didjeridu. He says that while tinkering in his parent’s basement, he blew into a metal tube and discovered that he could create a unique sound. With encouragement from his parents he investigated and researched what his father told him was an Australian Aboriginal instrument called the didjeridu. Fifteen years after his basement discovery, Spencer is making high quality dideridus and performs around the country.


Used in Aboriginal ceremonial performances to share stories and imitate wildlife, the didjeridu is made of wood. Once chopped down, the logs are placed into giant termite mounds where the insects do the initial labor of hollowing out the log. The log is then chiseled out, stripped down and sanded. Like brass instruments, didjeridus are played using circular breathing, a method that allows a musician to breathe in through their nose while exhaling out the mouth, keeping the sound going without interruption for a breath.


For more information about this or other library programs please visit the library web site at or call 312-1032. People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032.

Tyler Spencer at the 2008 Seattle World Rhythm Festival



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