Drop-Octave Drone Didgeridoos
A Drop Octave didgeridoo is one that has a mouthpiece size large enough to allow the lips to vibrate and octave below the fundamental drone. Different than the common Jaw Drop technique where the pitch is bent a whole step or 2 down from the fundamental, the Drop Octave produces a drone similar to an instrument twice it’s length. For example a conical high G didgeridoo of about 4 feet in length with a large enough mouthpiece will produce a drone one octave below. This dropped G drone will sounds similar to a twelve foot conical low G didgeridoo.
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The Game Changer. Right beneath our noses yet somehow undeveloped for didgeridoo until now.
I took almost all of 2008 off from making didgeridoos for sale to develop this technique and figure out how to build the best didgeridoos specifically for the technique. It enables a player to play pitches normally only reachable with extremely long didgeridoos on very short didgeridoos. Most recently as of september 2009 I have been able to play drones as low as low low A. thats a whole octave below what most didgeridoo players would consider a low A that would normally requires a 6-10 foot didgeridoo to play. so on a 6-10 foot didgeridoo, I am able to hit a low A that would normally require a 12-20 foot didgeridoo to generate.
shape for ease of play
out of the front with a
large mouth piece. see
mouthpiece design section.
This requires a mouthpiece size that is generally larger than most didge players are accustomed too. larger mouthpieces are more conducive to a large range of lip movement and although they are more difficult to master, in the end they leave you with much more control over advanced styles of playing. the inside diameter of the mouthpieces generally range in size from a little over 1 1/4 to as big as 1/1/2 inches. not only are the mouthpieces for these didgeridoos bigger, their shape is different as well. (for more on this Mouthpiece shape see the Crafting section). I want to emphasize that this technique is 100% lip control and has nothing to do with dropping the jaw, using double bore or slide didgeridoos.