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Didgeridoo music is a type of music that is also commonly identified as didge music or didjeridu music. The origin of didgeridoo music can be traced back to Australia to the aborigines located in the northern most region of the country. This form of music is a naturalistic form of music which is sometimes identified as a drone pipe or trumpet, and on occasion, musicians will refer to this type of music as aerophone music.

The didgeridoo instrument is a long length of wood that is often accompanied by unique and attractive designs. More contemporary didgeridoo instruments are conical or cylindrical in their construction and their measurements can be approximately 3 feet in length or more. The length of the didgeridoo is directly proportional to the type of sound waves that are issued forth from the instrument when it is played, and longer instruments provide a lower or deeper pitch than those didgeridoo instruments used that have a shorter length associated with their construction.

There are a number of performers who have made recordings of didgeridoo music and such recordings are suitable for easy listening, relaxation, and meditation purposes. Sometimes the music is unified with the sounds issued forth from a Tibetan singing bowl or with trance inducing sounds of various percussion instruments.

Performers and Recommended Recordings


Basic Didgeridoo Recording
Didgeridoo & Tibetan Singing Bowl is a meditation track that was released by Inner Splendor Media LLC in the year 2007. The tracks offered combine the sound of the didgeridoo with the gong, percussion, and more, all of which elicit a mysterious, almost eerie sounds perfect for deeply relaxing meditations sessions. If seeking music to play in the background while working, or simply looking for music that will deeply touch the soul, this didgeridoo music CD is ideal.
 
 


Mark Atkins
Mark Atkins is a leading didgeridoo instrumentalist as well as the 1990 Golden Didjeridu competition winner. This didgeridoo music artist has played along with the likes of Hothouse Flowers, the London Philharmonic, and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. Didgeridoo Dreamtime offers nine tracks of Atkin's finest compositions including Bullima, Mung-Goon-Garlie, In the Night, Tuckonies, Sugar Bag, Dumble-Murray, Spontaineous Combustion, Devil, and Bungarrow.
 
 


Xavier Rudd
Xavier Rudd is another didgeridoo music performer who is a native to Australia. This artist is well known for his impressive live didgeridoo performances at concerts as well as festivals in the Australian region. Rudd released Dark Shades of Blue in 2008 which includes eleven impressive didgeridoo music tracks including Black Water, Edge of the Moon, The World as We Know It, and Up in Flames among other mystical tracks.
 
 

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Didgeridoo & Tibetan Singing Bowl


Didgeridoo Dreamtime


Dark Shades of Blue

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There have numerous studies on the effects of music on the fetus during pregnancy. Parents wonder if there is a prescription for the right amount of music or the perfect musical genre that will make their baby smarter or more musical. All studies so far are inconclusive however, it is a known fact that including music during the pregnancy period is a great way to develop a prenatal bond.

Although your baby's ears don't completely develop until the fifth month, fetuses respond to noise before that, which has led some researchers to believe there's more to hearing that the ears.

While there is no scientific evidence stating that exposure to music will increase the level of intelligence for a fetus, a study conducted in the UK has proven that music will boost memory. Babies that listen to music in the uterus respond to the music played for up to a year after birth. This shows that the fetus is capable of creating memories will still in the womb.

Using prenatal stimulation helps to connect you to your child before birth, so that the baby will be able to communicate. Playing familiar and soothing sounds, or even singing a simple lullaby will put your child at ease, and provide a grounding point after birth.

The protective amniotic fluid around your fetus conducts sound well, so your baby is able to clearly hear music and voices. Turning up the sound too much can disturb the fetus, so try leaving your stereo as background noise, or turning the volume down on the headphones if you're planning on placing them on the belly. It's not quite the period for restless nights; try not to over stimulate the baby with too much noise.

When choosing music for your baby to listen to, keep in mind that repetition is key. Any song that excites you is a great choice for your baby, as the hormones release from your happiness have a positive impact on the fetus. Beethoven and Mozart are always favorites, but you can listen to anything from Madonna to traditional African drum music, as long as there's enough repetition to increase the chances of memory production. Mixing up the types of music helps diversify your baby's tastes, and activates different areas of the brain. Baby Einstein offers a line of classical music CDs that you and your baby can enjoy together.

Singing a lullaby to your baby is a great opportunity to make a lasting connection. The fetus has an incredible ability to discern your state of mind, and reacts based on your mood.

Additionally, the baby will learn to recognize your voice, which will increase your bond after birth. It has been proven that babies can recognize their parent's voices, which creates a sense of familiarity postpartum. Babies that have been sung to in utero frequently sleep easier than babies with no prenatal stimulation, as the parent's voice is comforting.

Use moderation when stimulating your baby. Incorporating too much music can overstimulate the fetus. Pay attention to your own feelings.

If you have grown old of a song that you've played repeatedly, it is likely that your baby is bored with it as well. Make connecting emotionally with your fetus a special time for you and your family.

Sounds of a traditional drumbeat can be soothing for a mother and her baby. X8 Drums offers a collection of drum rhythm cd's ranging from beats of the cajon drum, conga drum, bongos and the djembe.

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Famous Cajon Players

Posted by X8 DRUMS Thursday, June 18, 2009 0 Comments

Three awesome Cajon players are Mario Cortes, Nina Rodriguez, and Stephan Maass. A cajon is a type of percussion instrument, or drum that is typically in the form of a box that is slapped on the front face with the hand. While each of these famous players uses a cajon, the way in which they play and how they have used their fame to endorse new cajons show off their personal style.

Mario Cortes is one of the most recognized cajon players known for the LP Cajon. The LP Cajon is so named for Latin Percussion, as Mario Cortes is a renowned flamenco guitarist and instrument creator. Mario Cortes is one of the famous cajon players because of the LP Cajon, which he designed with a patented construction system that is handmade in Spain and individually tested for sound quality. This cajon is crafted of hand selected birch pieces that illicit clean sound on both the high and low ends without excessive player effort, making it very user friendly. Mario Cortes has the distinction of being the manufacturer of the most recorded cajons in the history of flamenco, fusion, and world music. It is for this reason that he is one of the most famous cajon players.




Nina Rodriquez is another famous cajon player. Nina Rodriguez has developed her own style of drumming which evokes heat, fire, and passion to audiences listening to her sound. As one of the most famous cajon players, Nina Rodriguez endorsed Toca percussion cajons created by Kaman Music. Kaman Music is a leader in providing percussion instruments crafted to have the look and feel of what is known as "Afro Cuban" sound. Nina Rodriguez plays congas, bongos, and djembe in addition to the Toca Percussion cajons, and is perhaps one of the most famous cajon players because of her nickname, "Hands of Lightning," which was earned because of her fast hands that create thunderous percussion beats on the cajon.




Stephan Maass is a famous cajon player who has endorsed the Meinl Percussion Cajon. The Meinl Percussion Cajon is a group of cajons that are known for their versatility. For example, the bass cajon is a larger cajon that has a pedal attached to it, so the cajon player can adjust the snare wires in the cajon hands-free, which allows changes of sound with continuous two handed play. Stephan Maass is known for pushing the limit of what a cajon can do, using a variety of Meinl Percussion Cajon's that have features such as a recessed top to allow for striking along the sides that will create a castanet like sound.



The cajon began as a simple box that a player could strike to create a percussive effect. However, these three famous cajon players, Mario Cortes, Nina Rodriguez, and Stephan Maass, have used their passion for the cajon and their celebrity to create and endorse new uses for the cajon that think outside the box, and create world music with a distinct sound.

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Basics Of Circular Breathing

Posted by X8 DRUMS Tuesday, June 16, 2009 0 Comments
To maintain a continuous tone while playing certain wind instruments without experiencing any interruption is advantageous for musicians to learn and use circular breathing. To accomplish circular breathing, users breathe in through their nose while at the same time blowing out through their mouths. The air being blown out through one's mouth through circular breathing is first stored in the cheeks. Then, it is used by expelling the air through the mouth and into the instrument.

Circular breathing may be accomplished using a variety of methods; however, they all require essentially the same premise. The musician inhales fully, and as they do so, they begin to blow as they exhale. Just before the lungs empty, the remaining bit of air is blown from the lungs into the musician's mouth, inflating the cheeks with air. As the musician uses the air in their cheeks, they simultaneously fill their lungs. This is accomplished by inhaling through their nose prior to the air in their cheeks being used up completely. When this process is accomplished correctly, the air in their mouths will be almost empty as the musician prepares to exhale from their lungs.

The practice of circular breathing has been compared to drinking from a water fountain, and at the same time the mouth has water in it, taking a breath. There are a number of different methods that may be utilized to help musicians implement the basics of circular breathing, depending on the instructor. However, the foundations of circular breathing remain the same. It can be very difficult for many people to learn the basics of circular breathing, especially for many older musicians who, already skilled in many areas, seek to master the art of circular breathing quickly. This practice takes time to learn, and it is not expected that the process be picked up immediately. Since the feeling is inhaling while "exhaling" can seem quite unnatural, it can take time to become comfortable with circular breathing. By becoming aware of the basics of circular breathing, musicians can improve their odds of success using this type of breathing. While circular breathing is used for a variety of instruments around the world, including the launeddas, the arghul, and a number of flutes and oboes, the method is used extensively by those who play the Australian didgeridoo. This style of breathing is not a requirement for playing the didgeridoo, but it is a very beneficial one.

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Elite Pro Djembe Video Demonstrations

Posted by X8 DRUMS Sunday, June 14, 2009 0 Comments
Feel the beat right down to your toes: X8 Drums introduces new line of Elite Pro Djembe Drums

X8 Drums rolls out a new line of exclusive hand drums, unavailable anywhere else in the United States. Smooth in tone and visually stunning, the Elite Pro Djembe Drum will hypnotize you with it's sultry beat.

Watch video demonstrations of the new Elite Pro Djembe line and read more details below.









Whether you are a rocker with years of experience or a true novice to the ancient art of hand drumming, X8's new line of Elite Pro Djembe Drums is rhythmically calling your name. Hand made and custom carved out of the finest materials, the Elite Pro will give you the tone and tempo of the African jungle right in your own backyard.

When you are ready to experience X8's line of Elite Pro Djembe Drums, you will have to make the difficult choice between three varieties: King Cheetah, Midnight Elite, and Ivory Elite. The King Cheetah, not unlike its feline namesake, is a rare breed of Djembe drum for the customer seeking a specialty item. Exquisite carving not only gives this drum the appearance of the Cheetah, but also provides the user with the smooth sounds of the tropical forest. The Midnight Elite's solid black shell bellies its light echo, while the Ivory Elite’s natural mahogany shell is a visual stunner that provides outstanding sound.

Each Elite Pro Djembe Drum is hand carved and lathed. Not just any piece of hardwood is selected for these drums, and only 30% of the wood chosen for the Professional line meets the criteria for an Elite Pro. Each steel neck ring is welded through an intensive process that keeps your Elite Pro Djembe Drum tuned to your exact specifications. All wood is legally harvested and government certified, which means your drum not only sounds tight, it’s environmentally friendly.

X8 Drum’s Pro Gig bag is included with the purchase of each Elite Pro Djembe Drum. Useful for storage when you are not playing and as a carrier when you are, the gig bag is constructed from waterproof, durable nylon. It has extra pouches for any added baggage you may need to carry to your next drum circle.

Pricing and Availability
The Elite Pro Djembe Drum is exclusive to X8 Drums; you won't find the custom designs of these drums anywhere else in the United States. Priced at $349.00, there are only limited quantities available. The Elite Pro Djembe Drum is a true collector item and sure to become your cherished possession.

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Djembe Solo Performances

Posted by X8 DRUMS Tuesday, June 2, 2009 0 Comments
Great collection of djembe solo performances on X8 Djembes. Enjoy!


Dion Rivers performs Drum Call rhythm on the X8 Drums Ivory Elite Pro African Djembe Drum.


Awesome djembe demonstration. Brotha Sean wails on an X8 Drums Pro Stallion Djembe.


Solo djembe performance by Raphael Torn on 10" Pro Djembe from X8 Drums.

X8 Drums specializes in professional hand carved wooden shell djembe drums that are manufactured using legally certified timber that is environmentally sustainable. Call 1-800-771-9645 or visit us online at www.X8drums.com.

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Part 1 - Understand the Concept of Rope Tuning

Watch this detailed video to learn how to tune a rope djembe. Understand djembe diamonds and how to find the right tone.



Part 2 - Tuning




Video Transcription:

Today we are going to run through a drum tuning session. I have in front of me a Deep Carve Djembe with a 12" head by 24" tall. Essentially, rope tuning is an easy process and you'll see as we go through the video what I mean.

We're going to start by unwinding all of the excess rope. When you purchase an X8 Djembe, most of the extra rope used for tuning will be tied around the neck and from here, it's a matter of unravelling the rope, setting the drum down in front of you and start the process.

Ok, so the first thing you want to do to find out if the drum does in face need to get tuned is to just give it a quick play.

And you can hear how this drum is out of tune. If you press down on the skin you can actually see that it is a bit loose. Plus just listening to that sound you can hear that it is too bassy, it kind of has a ringing overtone when you play it and that's not good. Ultimately what you want is a very tight skin.

So what we're going to do is tune the drum, pitch it up and tighten the skin in the process.

As I mentioned, all of the extra rope is initially wrapped around the drum.So find the end of the thread and unravel it. Don't be scared that by unwrapping the rope that your drum will come apart. That is not going to happen. It's what the rope is meant for. It is a tuning system.

Once you unravel it all the way, you'll see that it leads here. On most of our drums, we've already started the tuning process for you and here I have already put in some of the knots into these vertical rope runners.

So I am going to lay the djembe down out in front of me, like so and gather all of the extra rope. As you can tell from this drum, we've already started putting some horizontal knots into these vertical rope runners and we're going from left to right.

Sometimes you might see some of the knots going from right to left which is fine. I'm right handed so this makes sense for me to go in a clockwise direction.

Now, I am taking the tip of the rope and what we going to do is take this rope and we're going to go underneath this set of rope runners. You want to find the next two available strings on the drum and we're going to go under this piece of rope and we going to under this piece of rope here.

And you want to start high on the drum. If you start too low you'll see that the rope is resting tight on the bowl making it impossible to thread the string through. Start up top where there is room to maneuver.

Go under the first piece of rope and go under the second piece. Pull it through like this. Pull tight and then put your feet on the drum bowl to brace it. Then pull on the rope tightly bringing it as low as possible and when you have it as far down as you can get it, give it one last tug like that.

The key thing is that as you are pulling these horizontal knots into these vertical rope runners, you want to keep this line of rope you see as low (an even) to the bottom of the bowl as possible.

Then you find the tip of your rope again and know we're going to go over this rope and then under this one, so just backtracking right through the middle of the two ropes you were just working with.

So, go under here and pull it through just about all the way, leaving yourself a little slack. Now, again put your feet on the bowl for stability and then slide this rope down. See how I slid it all the way down until it hit this piece of rope here. And now you come to an extremely important step: put on the rope to pop it over the rope you just hit to secure it in place.

Watch closely to see and you can sometimes hear it too when you successfully get the rope over the other rope. The reason you do it is to keep the horizontal line of knots you are creating tight and even around the bowl.

Now, you can guide the rest of the rope through and tie your first knot or what some call "diamond" as you can see that the shape formed when tuning your djembe looks a little like diamonds.

To pull the "diamond" grab the rope really low and then pull it toward you and hard as you can until you see the rope slip on top of the other one. The diamond is complete and you'll want to give one more tug to secure it.

That's it! From here, we just repeat the process around the djembe, testing the sound after every 2 or 3 diamonds until the desired tone is reached.



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The side of the Cajon drum that is crafted out of specific wood or fiberglass material, also known as the frontplate, is the actual playing area of the drum. The side with a hole cut into it is typically the back siding of Cajon drums and is the portion that is positioned perpendicular to the Cajon drum head or parallel to the head depending on the drum style. The tapping region on the Cajon drum is further identified as tapa or drum head.

When an individual plays Cajon, he or she positions their body above and over the box; some drummers straddle the box while playing, and others sit upon it when they play. The drummer will take the Cajon and tip them or tilt them inward in order to begin playing. The surface of the drum is then tapped with the open palm and fingertips to derive different sound effects from the instrument.

Cajon Drum: Open Tone

With a flat hand and fingers together, you will hit the front plate with the full length of all four fingers at the top of the drum. Thumb is lose.

Cajon Open Tone













Cajon Drum: Bass Tone

With a flat hand, this time with your fingers spread and open palm, hit the frontplate with your entire hand in the middle/upper area of your cajon.

Cajon Bass Tone

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