Didgeridoo mouthpiece

Wax didgeridoo mouthpiece
Wooden didgeridoo mouthpiece

Didgeridoo mouthpiece from wax

This photos show a raised didgeridoo mouthpiece being done. A raised didgeridoo mouthpiece is easier to play for a beginner but it is a personal choice.

What you need when making a wax didgeridoo mouthpiece

1. Foundation beeswax stripes, foundation wax is used to make candles and can be found in most craft shops or honey suppliers. If you do not have foundation wax, you can use some warmed block wax, roll it in your hands into thin stripes.
2. Beeswax block

Fabrication steps by steps

didgeridooStep 1:
The foundation bee wax must be cut in stripes that
are placed inside the mouth of the didgeridoo and build up to the diameter size that you want.
The strip need to be around 1 cm wide
If you do not have the foundation wax, cut a small amount out of the block wax, warm it with hot water or a air dryer. when soft enough to be shaped, rolled it between your hands into a thin string. The size of the string should be around half a centimeter diameter. You use it the same way you do with the foundations strips.

didgeridooStep 2
The size of mouthpiece opening is again your personal choice; some players like them wider than other. The most popular size of the mouth diameter seems to be around 28 mn to 30 mn or one inch.

didgeridooStep 3
Raise the wax with your fingers if you want a raised mouthpiece. If the beeswax is too hard,
use a hair drier to warm the wax.

Step 4
Use the blade of a hot knife
to gently smooth the beeswax.

Step 5
Melt the wax block in a pot but you must do it at a low heat. Beware the beeswax burns easily if the heat is too high. When the beeswax is liquid remove from stove. Dip carefully the mouthpiece in the wax and turn the didge slowly while gently removing it from the pot. Use your finger to remove any drips of wax.
Step 5 is done quickly and carefully without stopping to turn the didge. Repeat step 5 a few times until satisfied with the thickness of the beeswax.

Wooden didgeridoos mouthpieces

Following are some examples of wooden mouthpieces made by Patrick Sioda, French didgeridoos player located in Paris. Patrick makes his own mouthpieces from the special woods he gathers, those wooden mouthpieces are custom made individually for each didgeridoo and require a fine craftsman work. Fitted and fixed on the mouth of the didgeridoo.
Patrick plays in concert and is teaching the didgeridoo in Paris. He also play sitar, rabab, sanza and guitar. Patrick came to Australia this winter 2005 and bought himself few mallee eucalyptus didgeridoos. In his last email to us, he said " mallee tree has the best sound I know for didge". It is always pleasing when a connoisseur in the matter agrees with you.
Patrick as produce a CD with a group of musicians, "Oguan".

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Wooden mouthpieces from karri, mallee eucalyptus and Olive tree
Patrick makes those wooden mouthpieces by order and you are welcome to contact him directly. Contact Patrick

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