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Workshops

Aboriginal Art & Instruments organizes a variety of didgeridoo workshops on a regular basis. Hosted by Lies Beijerinck, one of Holland’s most talented performers, the courses will give you an insight into the instrument and will develop your playing skills.
Beginner workshops introduce you to the digeridoo and cover basic techniques like circular breathing.
Advanced workshops will further improve your musical skills. A large selection of our instruments will be available to participants.

Our workshops are held in our spacious studio in the north of Amsterdam, which can be found here. The classes last three hours, and cost Ä 45,- per person, including refreshments and the use of a didgeridoo. A passepartout for three workshops costs Ä 100,-. Classes can hold a maximum of eight people, so be sure to sign up in time. For dates, times and details, click here. You can either enlist at our shop, call us at +31 (20) 423 1333, or send an email to workshops@aboriginalart.nl

Lies Beijerinck

Lies Beijerinck, didge-mother of Holland, has been playing digeridoo since 1993. First busking in the streets she developed her own style and soon was discovered by the Amsterdam dance scene. So she played with DJ TiŽsto in front of 25.000 people. On all the major stages in Amsterdam Lies performed but also internationally she left her mark, with performances at the ‘Roxy’ in Prague and the didgeridoo festivals in Spain, France, Poland, Germany, Switzerland and Great Britain. Every summer she travels through Europe with the well-known didgeridoo band ‘3ple-D’.

She is known for her powerful percussive style. With her clear harmonics and 3 toots woven into her playing she definitely belongs to the greatest players of the world. As a teacher Lies is frequently ask all over Europe for her technical lessons. The last years Lies has been in Australia to follow master classes with Djalu Gurruwiwi, and so she has opened the door of traditional playing for female didgeridoo players in the world.

Amongst her teachers are:
Djalu Gurruwirri, David Blanasi, Alan Dargin, Mark Atkins, Ganga Girri, Si (wild Marmelade), Yanawirri Yirparrka, Garry Thomas and many more famous Australian didgeridoo teachers

Beginners workshops

In the first half of our beginners classes a wide variety of basic techniques will be discussed, which are necessary for building a solid foundation for various playing skills, and which will serve as a warming up for circular breathing. These techniques include playing the didgeridoo using the cheek and breathing muscles, which is essential for circular breathing, simple lip and tongue movements, and vocal and throat sounds. After a short break, we will use the entire second half of the workshop for explaining and practising circular breathing in five easy steps.

Advanced workshops

When attending Lies’s advanced workshop, it is required that you have already mastered circular breathing. During this class, we will focus on basic and more advanced playing techniques in relation to rhythm and composition. We will discuss and practise techniques that involves the use of jaw, diaphragm, stomach and tongue muscles, which will allow you to produce a wide variety of tones and accents, as well as a more powerful and voluminous sound. Later on in the workshop, we will analyse a piece of didgeridoo music, cut it in pieces and discuss and practise its individual elements. Once there is a clear understanding of the rhythm and accents of the composition, we’ll put it back together and play it, allowing plenty of room for variation and improvisation. The advanced workshop will not only greatly increase your playing skills, but you will also have a clear insight in composing your own didgeridoo music.

Extra advanced workshops

When attending the extra advanced workshop, it is advisable to have mastered circular breathing using separately the jaw, cheeks, belly/diaphragm and tongue. During this class, we will combine advanced playing techniques, ways of circular breathing and trumpet tones to improve your compositions and increase your playing tempo. Fast rhythms like the wobble (Alan Dargin’s one) and the double jaw will be explained in steps, analysed with the circular breathing incorporated. To make these wonderfully fast techniques understandable, we will practice these, discuss the possibilities of accents in these rhythms. The last part of the workshop we will focus on what Lies calls “Funky Stuff”, on how to play human beat box like rhythms, in this part three ways of trumpet tones will be discussed and practised. The extra advanced workshop will not only greatly increase your technical abilities as a player but will also make you a more versatile and faster player and will give you an inside on how limitless didgeridoo playing really is.


Aboriginal Art & Instruments - Paleisstraat 137 - 1012 ZL Amsterdam - Tel +31 (0) 20 4231333 - Fax +31 (0) 20 4941965