The Didgeridoo (Doctor Gale)
Gale plays the didgeridoo using the name Doctor Gale. (This is important to know when looking for his recordings.) From a mystical standpoint, the power of the didgeridoo lies in its ability to get energy moving. Since much of the problems or pain that we deal with in life can involve blocked energy, the ability of the didgeridoo to get this energy moving can often produce unexpected and amazing results. Once it starts, the energy flow can continue for days or even longer. The sound of the didgeridoo can affect us at the cellular level as well as affecting us in other dimensions.
Traditional Didgeridoo Playing
The characteristic sound of the didgeridoo is made by vibrating lips (loose lips). This is different than playing an instrument like a trumpet where the sound is produced by tight lips. Using the tongue, shape of the mouth, stopping or starting the flow of air and vocals adds to the basic didgeridoo sound. Each didgeridoo has a single pitch, for example a D# or an E. (This is like a single pipe of a pipe organ.) When we listen, what we hear are the overtones, pauses, and vocals. The underlying fundamental note is often very subtle.
The skill that is essential to playing the didgeridoo is circular breathing. This is the ability to blow out at the same time as breathing in. Without this skill, playing is limited to the length of a single breath. With this skill, it is possible to play for a long time. There are a number of ways of learning circular breathing. Here is one way.
The cycle of circular breathing, stopping blowing, and puffs of air, provide rhythm. Rhythm is also traditionally provided by hitting two sticks together. These make a sharp noise and are called clap sticks. Melody is provided in several ways including vocals and pulses of air in a repetitious pattern. A skilled didgeridoo player can make these so rapidly and with such different sounds that one didgeridoo can sound like two or more. This is like a one-man band.
It is worth noting that with the didgeridoo, there is no fingering, no written music, no electrical amplification, and you don't tune a didgeridoo.
Mystical Didgeridoo Playing
Although you can't tune a didgeridoo, you can tune the didgeridoo player. So when playing in person, Gale will often stop and then start again, working to get in tune with a person and letting the sound be whatever flows. Often his goal is to get a particular sound and then hold it as long as possible. Sometimes people might think that starting and stopping or playing longer for one person than another is about the person, but it is usually about Gale tuning. He is working to tune himself, based on what he is feeling in the moment.
Gale plays without rhythm and melody. When there is rhythm and melody, the mind can lock in on a response, on a memory. That is why people have “their song.” Rhythm and melody are why, if you hear a recording of one of the songs that you grew up with, you can tell if it is the original recording, even if you had not heard it for many years. Without rhythm and melody, it is possible to listen to the same track over and over, with different reactions. In this way, it is possible to peel away layers, like peeling an onion.
When Gale plays, he often works to achieve and sustain a continuous sound. As Mystic, the purpose of his playing is to encourage a positive energy flow, not provide entertainment. Over time, he has discovered that this method of playing fits a mystical purpose. Knowing this can help you use it in healing and meditation.
Gale also works to hold an intention. Although not widely known, the power of Intention is important in both mystical sound and in music. When someone plays, they bring through intention. When sound is recorded so is intention, even the intention of those present during the recording and probably those who later engineer and process the recording. Intention is of paramount importance to a Mystic. Intention can also be important to you. If you are highly sensitive, it may be the most important thing.
There is nothing like experiencing the didgeridoo live, in person, in the moment, and having it played specifically for you. Gale works to let the sound flow through him rather than trying to create it. He doesn't try to analyze what the sound is about, encourages others to feel as well as listen, and to do so without judgment. When played in a group, hearing how the sound is different for each person and feeling that something is happening for you, makes it magical. A Serendipity experience!
While you are encouraged to attend a live event, recordings make the sound healing available at anytime. Gale has recorded two CDs. The first one is just the didgeridoo, a few spoken words, and some special sounds from tinkshaws, bells and a chime. The second one includes works by other artists that were especially created for this work. We were very careful to hold intention during the recording and processing of these CDs. If you click on the link below, you will find information about the CDs. For example there are CD scripts that this bell helps us connect up on different dimensions. So if you wish help in opening to other dimensions, you can look at the script, find were the bell is recorded, and then listen just to it. Note that it is NOT Recommended that you listen to these CDs while driving or operating machinery.
Through experience, Gale has determined what methods work for most people. Here is a list of the healing methods that he has found and where they can be found on his CDs.
A Historical Perspective
One of the really skilled didgeridoo players (Ondrej Smeykal from the Czech Republic), points out that, although the didgeridoo is an ancient instrument, it is new outside of Australia. When someone picks up an electric guitar, a fiddle, or other familiar musical instrument, we know that to expect. However, we don't know what to expect when someone picks up a didgeridoo. That means that people playing the didgeridoo now, are defining how it will be used. What we are doing is part of this process, both you and Gale.
It is said that you do not learn to play the didgeridoo; you learn what it has to teach you. Gale has done this by proceeding based on his Best Guess. That is, to follow his intuition (feelings, visions, stirrings, anything that might be a clue as to what to do) and then to not be attached to the outcome. To let the sound be whatever it is, and not to try to meet an expectation of how others think it should be or how others play the didgeridoo. You are encouraged to do the same thing. That is, to listen, to feel, to (sometimes) hold an intention and then to let the experience unfold. Some people just listen to the CDs, even all night long. One person just listens to the CD, and when she feels energy moving with a particular tract, she continues to repeat that track over and over until she no longer feels the energy moving or in someway feels complete. Just as Gale is helping define how the didgeridoo can be played, you are helping define how the sound can be used. Your feedback is an important part of this process, so please Contact Us and share your results.
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