Cockatoo bird sound on the didgeridoo

Lesson overview

In this lesson we show you how to make a cockatoo bird sound on the didgeridoo. There are many different types of cockatoo, each with different calls. So it’s not really important how exact it sounds, use it as a base to explore and create new vocal sounds

Lesson goals

  • Be able to make the Koo-Kar vocal sound
  • Use a high pitched “cartoon” voice
  • Keep your cheeks in while making the sound
  • Be able to adjust the volume of your calls – quieter and louder
  • Try and play more than 5 calls using just one breath

Training tips

  • Your brain will want to try and blow harder instead of just adding your voice. Remember, your airflow and drone should remain the same, just add your voice over the top
  • Remember to follow the 3 steps
    1. First make the cockatoo sound with your voice, but without the didgeridoo: Koo-Kar
    2. Then make the same sound through your vibrating lips
    3. Then play the same sound on your didgeridoo
  • Use a high pitched “cartoon” voice
  • Keep your cheeks in tight for extra clarity in the vocal
  • The higher pitched your voice, the clearer you will hear the sound

Give it a try, let us know how you go and if you get stuck, post a question in the comments section below

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  • roberto

    Thank you very much Sashi – a very few professional people really know how to deliver a message and know how to teach and you are one of them, for the first time I’m understanding how to play the didgeridoo. Thank you very much. Thank you