Fact: The above photos show the inside of a didgeridoo in the making. All these irregularities are created by thousands of termites that have eaten away the dead cellulose in the heartwood of the tree. This rough and irregular surface in combination with the gradual increase in diameter cause each didg's natural resonances to occur at frequencies that are not harmonically spaced 'hence the special drone' of a Didgeridoo. If the inside of the didg were 'as smooth as a babies bottom', as in a piece of wood that has been machine bored out it would sound harmonically correct but be like playing a piece of plastic pipe from the hardware store.
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History: Rock art indicates the Didgeridoo has existed in northern Australia for near 1,000 years. Not all tribes had the Didgeridoo, they had to have termites to produce the hollowed wood need to make the instrument. Some would have been traded with termite free communities making them a very special commodity indeed.
Traditionally the didgeridoo was played as an accompaniment to ceremonial dancing and singing, Playing for solo or recreational purposes outside of ceremonial gatherings was quite common. Clapsticks were used to establish the beat and both instruments followed strict patterns.
Traditionally, only men play the didgeridoo and sing during ceremonial occasions, both men and women danced.