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Milkayngu Mununggurr
Exercises in Northeast Arnhem Land Yidaki Style


Yolngu people of Northeast Arnhem Land, Australia, call the didgeridoo yidaki. Their ngänarr-däl, or hard tongue, style has been called the hardest didge playing to learn.

On this CD, ceremonial and original Yothu Yindi player Milkayngu Mununggurr (pictured at left holding the first CD out of the box) distills yidaki playing to the basics. Spoken and detailed written instructions & diagrams accompany the exercises. The instructions included in the CD are in English, but several translations are available below. Rhythms are recorded at various speeds, with both the sound of the yidaki and the breathing audible.

This is the first recording of a Yolngu player explaining the fundamental techniques clearly in terms we can all understand. With it you will be able to understand and learn from other recordings much easier. The recording was produced by the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre in Yirrkala, with an unprecedented amount of the proceeds going to the artist, and the rest towards maintenance of this Yolngu-owned business.

If you play didgeridoo and have struggled to learn the Yolngu yidaki playing style, this is the primer you need. If you want to learn from Yolngu and buy a didjeridu CD that supports them directly, this is the one.

mp3's from the CD
Milkay Introduces the CD (207k)
Exercise 2, track 10 dith-dhu fast (90k)
Exercise 4, track 18 dhirrl-lo slow (100k)

Exercise 9, track 38 dup-pu dhirrl dhirrl fast (76k)
The End Result jamming with the techniques (166k)
Liner Notes
Castellano Deutsche English Français
Japanese Portuguesa  


The CD is out of print and out of stock around the world but a digital version is now available online from the usual suspects.

Amazon - iTunes - Google Play

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