Doo this course for a comfortable night?s sleep
By EMMA CORNFORD
ANYONE who has had a partner who snores due to sleep apnoea bknows how frustrating it can be.
While relief from the night time annoyance is rarely associated with traditional Aboriginal music, according to study recently published in the British Medical Journal, that is the kind of benefit you can reap by learning to play the didgeridoo.
And this Saturday, Clarence Valley residents have their chance to learn when established teacher and didgeridoo craftsman Tynon Bradford runs a workshop at the Grafton Community College.
Mr Bradford claims he can teach anyone how to circular breathe ? a talent he said many people believe is incredibly difficult to master.
"I guarantee that I can teach anyone how to circular breath. Maybe not in the one lesson but if they have a follow-up it's guaranteed ? it's incredibly achievable," he said.
"The thing is that circular breathing is kind of like riding a bike, in that when you first start you think you're never going to be able to do it but then you crack it and you find out how easy it actually is."
Mr Bradford is the owner of Heartland Didgeridoo in Bellingen.
He has been playing, making and teaching didgeridoo for 12 years and his company has the intriguing distinction of sending the first didgeridoo into space.
Mr Bradford said there were also health benefits for asthmatics who learn the instrument.
"It increases the strength of your upper respiratory tract ... (and) for asthmatics it can also help with the psychological barrier of the feeling that there's not enough air.
"A lot of asthmatics have told me that it has really helped them."
Playing the didgeridoo is also thought to help people suffering from stress or emotional disorders, because of the circular breathing which resembles yogic breathing techniques which invigorate the body and calm the nerves.
Classes will run for beginners and players at an advanced level, for $95 and $80 respectively.
Concession rates are available.
To book, contact the Grafton Community College on 66427506 or visit www.graftoncommunitycollege.org.au.