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Piano Solo "Refuge" on IGTV 

So, didgeridoo is not the only instrument I play. I've played keyboard for far longer than didge and I find that both compliment each other. This is a piece for solo piano called Refuge and is something I wrote about 12 years ago. I just posted a practice sesson of it on Instagram TV (IGTV). You can find it here 

Refuge is a deeply personal song about the constant search for a place where the soul can rest. The driving rhythms are akin to the constant movement to find peace but in the end finding peace is in simply being still. It seems fitting to debut this song in this month of Mental Health Awareness. It's been a time I am coming to recognize my own struggles with trying to stay healthy in the face of anxeiety and depression. Writing songs like Refuge has been cathartic to help keep me on more of an even keel. 

I so enjoy playing this song even if it's not a clean take. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I do playing it. Thank you for listening and stay amazing!

NEW TUTORIAL: Circular Breathing 101 Is Now Up 

 

Happy Wednesday All!

Sooooooo, circular breathing..... That mysterious mana of didgeridoo playing that seems to confound most of us is the topic of my latest tutorial for didgeridoo. This "Circular Breathing 101" tutorial covers and breaks down the very basic mechanics of the circular breathing process AND some of the mind games that circular breathing can play with us while we're learning. For those of you learning this technique, I hope this helps. 

One other thing I want to add, making this video is encouraging me to make a video course on circular breathing and didgeridoo playing in general. Some of the techniques I plan on covering are basic techniques (getting and clarifying the drone), vocals, rhythms and rhythmic components and putting things together to make your own songs. I'm super stoked to finally get a start on this. My question to you is what are some of the things that you would like me to cover? Are there some special techniques you've heard but can't quite figure out? Let me know. I'd love to hear from you. 

Many thanks for reading, thanks for watching, happy didging and stay amazing!

Pam

 

 

One of My Best Albums: "Ta-ka Ta-ka" Now on Youtube 

I released Ta-ka Ta-ka after a difficult time in my life with didgeridoo. At the time, I had been playing didgeridoo for 11 years and I had hit a plateau. I watched other players excel at technique to the point where they seemed destined for the stratosphere. I so badly wanted to be a powerful player with fantastic technique, completely ignoring where I was - a musician who was exploring the dynamics and song making potential of the didgeridoo. This got to a point where I finally let go of keeping up and just went my own way. Not too long after, Ta-ka Ta-ka was born. 

I've always been a musician who was unafraid of exploring different styles of music. Ta-ka Ta-ka certainly reflects that with six songs that are all different from each other making it one of my best albums. I like to think of it as my Leonard Cohen album since it focuses more on writing a good songs for a challenging instrument rather than being an ode to just technique. I just released the full album on Youtube for all to enjoy. Listen to it, enjoy it, dance or do yoga to it, share it, love it.  

If you don't do the Youtube thing, you can find downloads on my Bandcamp page and if you like your music in a more physical form, you can find CD's at my online shop.

As always, I thank you for listening.