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Overview: Making a didgeridoo mouthpiece is a fairly simple process. This video gives an overview and demonstrates the technique. The didgeridoo is a traditional instrument from Australia. This process has you make a mouthpiece, which can be added to an extension pipe and a coupler to make the full sized instrument. By using these mouthpieces, you can store many of them in a box alongside a few extensions. Here is some more information on using this technique to make a didgeridoo mouthpiece: http://how2today.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/didgeridoo-mouthpiece-making/ If you want to make the full sized instrument, measure and cut them before making the mouthpiece according to a size chart, such as this one: http://web.uvic.ca/~stucraw/didgeridoo.html

Steps

Step #1: Prepare the molten wax

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  • Put water in the hot pot. Put wax in the small dish that fits in the hot pot as a double boiler.
  • Heat the water and wax in the electric hot pot. Add enough wax so that it is deep in the dish, but not so much that it overflows into the water.

Step #2: Make the PVC segments for the mouthpieces

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Measure and cut the PVC pipe into 1 foot lengths.

Step #3: Add the wax to the mouthpiece

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  • Dip the end of the pipe into the molten wax, then into the cold water. Do this several times to build up the thickness of the wax.
  • As the wax thickens, mold it with your fingers to narrow the opening.
  • Test the fit of the opening by putting your mouth on it and making sure that it makes a seal around your mouth. Your lips should be able to make a raspberry/motorboat/flapping/horse sound.
  • When you have the wax adjusted to your liking, then practice making sound with it.

Step #4: Turn your mouthpiece into a full sized didgeridoo

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  • To make a full length didgeridoo, you will need a coupler for each extension.
  • To tune the full length didgeridoo, measure from the point where your lips are to the end of the instrument. Check this chart for the lengths that correspond with various notes: http://www.didjshop.com/physicsDidj.html

Step #5: Customize your didgeridoo

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  • If you use a 45 degree elbow, the extension will come out at an angle.
  • If you want to have a horn shape at the end of your didgeridoo, you can add a plumbing flange or a pipe reducer. Ask for these when you are buying your supplies.
  • You can make your own horn shape with other materials, such as plastic sheeting, cardboard, paper, or a cut drink bottle.

Step #6: Check out the techniques and history of the instrument

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These sites have good information:

Chris Connors

Making things is the best way to learn about our world.


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