Is it a Kookaburra or a Kangaroo?Riddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement.
I am a pipe, but you do not smoke me.
I am a natural musical instrument,
but am not made from brass.
I contain no holes to finger, or strings to pluck.
You can beat me, but I am not a drum;
yet when played correctly I am very rhythmic.
My sound is circular, and also very unique.
What am I?
AnswerA Didjeridu (Didjeridoo)
It is a unique wind instrument of the Australian Aborigines of northern Australia. It is sometimes described as a natural wooden trumpet or "drone pipe" made from a hollowed out branch. Musicologists classify it as an aerophone because you have to blow air through it to produce a sound. During a performance, the musician can also strike the outside of the instrument with a stick, which makes a rhythmic beat. Circular breathing (that is, breathing in and out at the same time) is needed to produce a continual drone-like sound over voice sounds, which can be superimposed to add more rhythmic patterns. The player can also imitate local birds and animals, such as the kookaburra and kangaroo.
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