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A Little History About the Didgeridoo Dojo

How we got our name:

The word dojo comes from a Japanese that literally means “place to learn the way”, “place of enlightenment.”
The Japanese term is describing a martial arts temple of learning.

A Japanese term describing a martial arts temple of learning
Literal meaning: “place to learn the way”, “place of enlightenment”

The Didgeridoo Dojo is a place to learn the way of the didgeridoo. 

No… not fighting with a didgeridoo, but learning to play the didgeridoo. It’s a fun place that helps motivate, educate, teach, and help others enjoy the didgeridoo with our passion!

Our team collectively has over 100 years of experience playing and performing with the didgeridoo. We have a shop in Fremantle, Australia called DidgeridooBreath. We sell didgeridoos and similar instruments and accessories. If you have any question about purchasing a didgeridoo, please head over to and check us out!

Information about Didgeridoos

Didgeridoos are air instruments that are played by locking your lips tight together and “buzzing” or “droning” into the didgeridoo to produce a buzz-type sound. As your lips vibrate, not much air is needed to produce a playing sound.

They are often built out of eucalyptus wood with a beeswax mouthpiece.

You can build your own didgeridoo out of PVC for practicing, but the plastic doesn’t resonate the same as the eucalyptus tree that has been hand crafted by an expert didgeridoo artist.

Didgeridoos can come in natural finishes, performance finishes, and artistic finishes. They can be a beautiful plain look or have an artist etch and draw on the didgeridoos.

Didgeridoos come in different lengths and sizes which produce different sounds from high-pitch (which are the smaller didgeridoos) to low-pitch (which are the larger didgeridoos).

Usually, the size of the didgeridoo is one of the biggest factors in picking out which one to buy because that determines what pitch the didgeridoo makes.


Other Possible Uses for Didgeridoos

Sleep Apnea, Snoring, and Quality of Sleep

Sleep apnea is a common disorder that stems from the upper airway passage in the throat collapsing while the afflicted person is asleep, which results in very low quality of sleep. Overtime, sleep apnea can lead to a person having an extremely lack of energy and falling asleep often. It is most often treated by Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, but this isn’t always allowed. Many customers have sought out alternatives to CPAP and one of those is learning to circular breath.

Regular playing of a didgeridoo helps to reduce reduce daytime sleepiness, snoring, and moderate obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. We at Didgeridoo Breath have personal experience with numbers of customers and partners personally reporting to us, the positive impact didgeridoo playing has had in their lives, sleep and relationships!

‘In one person, the apnoea-hypopnoea index decreased from 17 to 2’… ‘In conclusion, didgeridoo playing improved daytime sleepiness in patients with moderate snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea and reduced sleep disturbance in their partners. Larger trials are needed to confirm our preliminary findings, but our results may give hope to the many people with moderate obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome and snoring, as well as to their partners.’British Medical Journal 

Here’s where we found the article: Brandon Peters, M .D. “Learning to Play the Didgeridoo May Alternatively Treat Sleep Apnea”

We have had customers claim that playing the didgeridoo on a consistent basis helped with their snoring and quality of sleep. Since we’re not doctors and we’re not allowed to make any claims, we can only report what customers have told us and has been reported and published online.

Meditation With the Didgeridoo

The didgeridoo is a great way to meditate. Once you have learned to circular breath, you can meditate each day by playing the didgeridoo. The reason why it’s effective is that you’re able to mindlessly play the didgeridoo while letting your mind block out all the chaos of the World. Similar to breathing meditation, when you sit down and just focus on playing for 20-30 minutes straight and only think about the didgeridoo, it can have a beneficial effect on living in the moment.

We would love to have you as part of our Global Didgeridoo Community! Why don’t you signup for our online video lessons of over 160 videos that range from a beginner learning how to play the didgeridoo all the way to advanced didgeridoo players and performers.

*Note, we’re not doctors. The information above is based on published results in the British Medical Journal and other published studies online. Our speciality and passion is the didgeridoo and helping others learn to play and enjoy the didgeridoo in the same way that we do. Please do not take any advice from us instead of a professional doctor. The claims regarding anything around the didgeridoo being useful for different medical symptoms or illnesses are only as a supplement and not an actual treatment. 


Online Video Lessons to Learn How To Play The Didgeridoo

If you’re interested in learning to play the Didgeridoo, but don’t have the time or ability to find a teacher in person, then we have the solution for you. We created a resource for you to practice on your time  by using online videos created by our expert didgeridoo players and performers.

Here is some information on the Didgeridoo Dojo:

  • Largest resource of how to play the didgeridoo lessons worldwide
  • Beginner lessons right up to advanced, complex rhythms
  • Over 500 minutes of premium high quality video content
  • Plus over 120 minutes of completely free videos and lesson content
  • New lessons, techniques and content added regularly
  • Experienced didgeridoo teachers make learning fun, fast and easy
  • Learn anywhere–our site is fully iPad, iPhone and smart phone compatible
  • The closest thing to your own private Didgeridoo teacher