Now  I've probably got  you thinking, woh whats this about.

I've raised  this  as a subject of interest. These are my opinions and some collected from others. I don't see myself as  an expert on the subject or someone holding the higher didg moral ground.

I reckon it is a subject not considered  by some folk and it  is something we can explore.

I would love to hear back from anyone, who has their own experiences or opinions or if you can add  or contra anything  I've talked  about.

 Didgeridoo being an instrument that can be musical, sacred or meaningful, means that everyone will have a different slant on how they are with their didgeridoo and their journey. Consequently if we're not sensitive to this we  can unknowingly tread on someones toes.


So the question is What is Didg Etiquette ?

I see it as how  we interact with others in ways that is considering   and sensitive to how  they see their didg/s  and how they like to be interacted with.


* Playing someone elses didg.
* Getting someone else to  play your didg.
* Playing under the influence.
* Playing didgeridoos in a didg shop
* Playing  didgeridoo in Traditional Didg Country.
* Didgeridoo Values
* Playing didgeridoo with  another player.
* Didg Opinions

* Playing someone elses didg.

I have noticed some folk, who unconsciously  consider it their  right to play another persons didgeridoo. This can be  to some folk the height of disrespect.

I suggest always asking the person first but  more so asking in a  way that affirms their right to say no. Some folk find it hard to say no so the way  we ask is important.
  Personally as  a rule I generally don't ask, and even when someone offers I say "are you sure" and If I don't want to  I'll say so.

Didg to some folk is a personal thing. It may mean something spiritually or ritually. I have met   quite a few didg folk  who have one didg that no one else plays. Personal only. I  have a couple of didgs like that and I've had folk play them without asking; it feels terrible to be not considered.

* Getting someone else to  play your didg.
I also hate it when someone forces  a didgeridoo upon me. -" Hey  Play this or  "Have a go " and the didg is passed to me.
 I  often don't mind playing someone elses didg but I like an out. E.G- " Would you like to play my didg?" Given an out I will often say, "You  give it a blow ,I'll listen"

*Playing under the influence.
 *I  also don't  reckon its cool to play someone  elses   didg when drinking or smoking.  The owner of the didgeridoo may have feelings about that and not necessarily say  so. If  the player is drinking too and they offer it well cool.

* I also wouldn't play under the influence publicly in OZ , it may offend an indigenous person.

* Playing didgeridoos in a didg shop
 Some shops or  market stalls are run by onsellers some by the makers themselves.  Both will be happy for you to play  them to try them out, but from experience  personally and in my travels  visiting other shops and checking other makers didgeridoos; I have found that its important to ask first if  they are being sold by a didg maker/collector. A shop onseller, generally won't  mind if you walk in and  without saying hello or asking begin trying didgs. A didg maker seller, won't be  offended necessarily but they will definately  appreciate you asking. I find if someone walks in  try's them and walks out without a nod wink or a grunt, I do feel disrespected. No logic from a  selling point of view.

It comes from the maker/ player-collectors relationship they have built with their didgs. The're a bit like mother hen.

*Playing  didgeridoo in Traditional Didg Country.
Most indigenous folk won't  mind, but some may and some understandably may be  feeling culturally stripped, so   either check in or approach sensitively.

Indigenous people  approach life in different ways and at a much different pace to us, and  and  they appreciate being met   where they are  somewhat rather than  invaded verbally which is the western way. Direct questions  will not necessarily be received in the  way we do.

Women especially need to be aware that  some indigenous folk see that  women shouldn't play didgeridoo at all.  They have strong beliefs and may feel offended by insensitivity to this. Some indigenous folk are fine that white women play, others  may be quite upset.  Different tribes have different  beliefs  so  be aware that there  are many approaches.  Some are more tolerant others aren't. Some have approved certain women in certain situations to play some  are lenient  with playing  socially,  many are totally prohibitive about women playing.

* Didgeridoo Values
Are totally arbitrary or subjective, so  there's no logic to didgeridoo and dollars. If you reckon a didgeridoo is over priced go  slowly, some maker sellers won't be too impressed by serious bargaining down tactics. To them its like family and in the parting there is a respecting of the creative journey to be fulfilled. Personally as a rule I appreciate when folk respect the price. If its a genuine  budget related request, alternatively  I receive this well and access on its merits.  remember  everyone's different as with didgeridoos so accept the never ending surprises.

* Playing didgeridoo with  another player.
If you know the person well fine, but  if its first time, take time to go slowly and feel out  where the other player is at. Look for   a rhythm that you can both sink into or dance  with sounds back and forth.  Avoid over trumping the other or charging of on a  rhythm that the other can't go with in anyway. Its  obviously just bragging and does nothing for building respect. Some of the best technical players, I have gone away from listening to them play with someone or   after playing with them myself and have less respect for them, literally for  the didg was a chance to show off. One  can be expressive in a centred way, I'm  not saying be minimalist or smaller  and  humble like. There's a dance as always between connecting with someone and being ourself.  Allow space for  both is my suggestion. Begin with connecting and finding common ground, then  go your own  way in your playing if your inspired, then perhaps come back and find common ground again. Sounds good for the listeners too.

* Didg Opinions

Didgeridoo comes  from a land   that is now  and always was multicultural. For so many tribes and different peoples with different perspectives on the truth, it   supports and accepts diversity of opinion. I find it off putting when someone  talks about didgeridoos, whether re playing them, making them  or selling them or makes any comparisons  with the  view that their opinion is gospel.  Didgeridoo  world seems to  be a knife like reality between ego land and community. Its  every little step that we take with didgeridoo that helps build  more of the positive and inclusive. Much fun on the journey.

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