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THE ARTIST: Randy Graves began playing the didgeridoo in 1993 and within a few years became known as one of the best teachers and performers of the instrument in the USA. He has since taught a lot of people, released a lot of recordings, and relocated to the remote Aboriginal communty of Yirrkala in Northeast Arnhem Land, Australia. He now works at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka, the Yirrkala Art Centre, and among other work, manages sales of authentic yidaki/didjeridus for www.yirrkala.com.
THIS RECORDING: After releasing three volumes of "Didjeridu Companions" teaching aggressive rhythmic didgeridoo playing, Randy decided it was time to mellow things out a bit. On this volume, he improvises long didj solos and one duet in various keys, with simple drones and relaxed grooves. This time some reverb has been added for a bit of atmosphere. For the didj player who just wants someone to drone and play slow rhythms with, this cd makes the perfect practice tool. Few things are better practice for your tone and lip control than slow, relaxed playing. For anyone who just enjoys listening to the sounds of the didj as a background for relaxation, meditation, yoga, or any other part of life, this makes a great album in its own right. Whatever the case, we trust you'll enjoy this latest edition of an innovative cd series.
THE YOUR DIDJERIDU COMPANION CD SERIES: Unique among didjeridu teaching materials, the "Your Didjeridu Companion" series simply satisfies every budding player's desire - someone to play with and learn from! Through the years Randy has been teaching the instrument, he's developed a series of rhythms that help students learn fundamental techniques in rhythmic playing. He presents them on these cd's, explaining each rhythm or technique before playing it. Rhythms are then played for 2-3 minutes, with clapsticks for you to keep up, and a microphone by Randy's nose so you know when he breathes! Each track is notated with a memorable phrase.
On the first "Companion," Randy provides basic short rhythms which challenge players of many levels to develop precise technique and rhythmic control. The second disc explores development of the rhythms on the original "Companion," and the third teaches "Odd" meters. The fourth cd gets deep into mellow didj playing.