William Barton Breathes Life into the Didgeridoo

Gifted with his uncle’s didgeridoo as a young boy, William Barton has spent his life exploring and promoting the music of the instrument and is compelled to carry on the work of his uncle, an elder of the indigenous tribes of Western Queensland.

William told the audience at the College Music Society International Conference in Sydney that after his uncle died, he practiced the circular breathing technique needed to play didgeridoo by breathing into a bucket of water.

Circular breathing is accomplished by breathing in through the nose with inflated cheeks, then breathing out through tight lips, keeping the cheeks full. Musicians mastering the technique have no gap between the inhale and exhale, enabling them to hold a drone or a note for a long period without a break.

William has performed in many countries, and recordings of his music can be found here. Also, at William Barton’s website.

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