"It was a great pleasure to meet Jeremy Cloake, a man so dedicated to sharing the beauty of music and instruments. Jeremy's passion for his instruments and keenness to see others learn shone through during his teaching workshop, and in the way he allowed me to sit down and pluck away on the beautiful n'goni. It was only after moments that I knew this amazing instrument was for me, not only its lovely sound, but also the beauty of the instrument had me enchanted. I sincerely appreciated the professional manner in which Jeremy interacted and shared his passion for music with me, and I can't wait to work alongside Jeremy in the future," Todd Chaplin, Aotearoa.
"It is such a beautiful instrument to behold and play. I like to say that a musical instrument is the ultimate multi-disciplinary object, because so much human knowledge coalesces in an instrument. . . physics, history, culture, sculpture, art, design, etc. Your instruments extend this quality and raise the bar to a very high level.." Thomas Workman, USA.
"Such a blessing to meet Jeremy Cloake, who is this radiant wizard luthier! His instruments are beautiful Temples, where the sacred songs are come alive... I am so honored to have a beautiful n'goni custom made for me, and now playing it I experience how this magical instrument brings the elegant beauty of Divine in to the space through it's sound - giving birth to sacred songs and rhythms. Jeremy has a unique ability to share the most profound wisdom in a very simple and joyful manner, while teaching - I had such a pleasure of learning songs from him. As a ceremonial musician I am appreciating the way he is keeping the tradition of ancient prayers alive! His heart is so beautiful! I am so grateful to meet such a friend! And I am so in love with my gorgeous n'goni." Kira Kushnirova, USA.
"Got the n'goni, it is beautiful. Thank you so much, I´m like a child at christmas!" Markus Meurer, Germany.
"I fell in love with Jeremy's instruments at Blues Fest, Byron Bay this year, such beautiful creations, design, tone, heart & soul. I'm so happy to say I finally have one in my hands! Many thanks to Jeremy who brought me together with the instrument I was drawn to, I am very grateful. I am enjoying discovering the n'goni through the tuition on this site, so clear & valuable. The ongoing support from Resonance N'goni is fantastic! Jeremy has been a delight to deal with, a luthier who is passionate about the instruments he creates and the life that they give to others." Caroline Hammond, Australia.
"Finally I'm a proud owner of a 'Resonance' n'goni. I heard about Jeremy and his remarkable craftsmanship for a few years now from different sources and was very excited to have had the opportunity to get a new n'goni custom made by him. The result was way above my expectations and I even had to retire my old favourite!" Yeshe Reiners, Australia.
"The n'goni has now more or less taken over my musical life. I still play mandolin a fair bit, but the other instruments are languishing in their cases. It's my daily companion and meditation space. I have said to many people that it is as if the music is within the instrument, and the player's role is releasing it/channeling it, however you want to put it. It's a little uncanny and beautiful. I guess all instruments can be like that but with n'goni that aspect is very strong. Nice when you play outside and the wind sounds it as well! so haunting, float away territory." Malcolm Fielding, Australia.
"I love my n'goni." Cassandra Barnett, Aotearoa.
"The n'goni is one of the most marvelous instruments I have had to play. Beautifully crafted and a strong attention to detail. The principle is so raw yet the execution is so precise. It's just an amazing instrument. All the people I've shown it to are in awe. The most common adjective I hear is magical. A friend told me: 'I could make love to this baby everyday and never get tired of it' to which another friend confirmed he had the same feelings towards it. It's the sort of ineffable thing which words can't do justice. A pure manifestation of love is the way I see it." Benoît Thiercelin, USA.
"Thank you so much Jeremy. I love the sound of my n’goni and I can’t stop playing it. It has a nice loud punchy sound, which is exactly what I wanted. I can’t wait to learn more!" Lucie Feenstra, Aotearoa.
"For a couple of months, I’m the happy owner of an n'goni made by Jeremy Cloake. During this time, the instrument didn’t get much rest as it quickly became adopted by the entire family and it’s really hard to put it away once one starts playing. Jeremy’s vast experience as expert craftsman and carver of traditional Māori instruments clearly shows in his n'goni too. The attention to details and the continuous evolution of the design, but most of all the love that goes into the choice of materials and the manual finish that I was fortunate enough to witness speaks of a high degree of professionalism and true dedication. But the great craftsmanship aside, the n'goni is first and foremost an excellent musical instrument. The sound is just as beautiful as its finish and captures any audience immediately. Before I purchased the n'goni, I was reluctant whether I should get yet another instrument as there are plenty already in my home. I certainly haven’t regretted buying one as it’s bringing so much joy to everyone. Christian Som, Switzerland.
"Kia ora, I had to try it! I dared to tune the N'goni up to D and it sounds grand. I'm absolutely pleased. That's the sound I know from recordings. We keep in touch and all the best." Hajo, Germany.
"Just a quick message to say how much I am enjoying the beautiful n'goni, it plays itself, I'm sure. It's more than a work of art, it sounds magical." Ian Drower, Aotearoa.
"What a great instrument, so happy I have this. I am having great fun playing. I seem to be getting used to the position, finding a good holding position and sitting position that is constant will come from practice. Very proud of this n'goni and happy with all the special features you have created." Dave Edwards, Aotearoa.
"I'm in love with the instrument, (n'goni) playing every day, and feeling the flow come into my left hand. Already some memorable grooves I'm developing have established themselves and I'm getting a sense of what can happen when the hands move independently rather than playing linear scale riffs. Would love to learn more of the traditional repertoire but all in good time. I feel blessed to have connected with you and I look forward to more." Rob, Bali.
"I am really enjoying getting to know my new yidaki, I feel a strong connection through it as if it is specific for my playing. The design and paintwork looks great and the weight is just right. All round an excellent yidaki. Thank you." Carl, Aotearoa.
"Hi Jeremy, this is a real fantastic instrument!! I don't know the words in English to describe." Michael, Germany.
"I received the Buwathay yidaki today. Played it and I love this one! I have been purchasing yidaki from you since 2001 and you've never disappointed me. Each yidaki from your selection has individual unique characteristics. Yes, this one is all round instrument. Your description of the yidaki was very accurate as usual. I can't be patient to see the next stock on your web! Thanks, bro!" Yasuo (Yas) Karaki, Australia.
"I am indeed very, very happy with the new family member. As a teacher and a friend you really know what I like..............this one does magic to me. I feel privileged you picked this one, because it takes me on a journey in to old school playing. That incredible magic sound that makes my heart smile and my eyes wet. There is so much depth, power and grace in this instrument, it's a piece on It's own. I quite understand why the Grand Master of Yidaki, Djalu had a big smile when he handed this marvel to you. I can hear he enjoyed making this one. Again I feel privileged Jeremy, any many, many thanks bro." Peter, The Netherlands.
"Hi Jeremy, thanks for this amazing instrument. Each time I play it I enjoy it more and more." John, The Netherlands.
"GOT IT!!! NICE!!! thanks so much for giving me a didge with a proper story. the art is stellar!! Sounds good. Price was great. it's really the story that matters most to me. Just can't go to the supermarket and pick one up off the shelf. Thanks again so much for hooking up an average joe. I hate this pay to play, for the rich only, world we've built. Your help means a lot to me. Please give all the folks there my love and support. Be well. Peace." Paul, USA.
"Hello Jeremy, thank you a lot for the excellent Dhapa yidaki. It's very easy to lead and it can be played very balanced. You can play it with a lot of pressure but also very smooth. It's easy to play the horn sound too. So finally it's a very finely manufactured yidaki and it matches with my style of play." Alex, Germany.
"Hello Jeremy, the Yidaki arrived on Monday. It's more beautiful than i saw on skype. I have just played it a short time until yet. The back-pressure is very good. So it's easy to play. The sound is perfect with a smooth trumpet sound. You have absolutly had a good instinct what is right for me. It's how you have said a Yidaki with orce and power. Now i understand that it was hard for you to seperate from this musical instrument. But don't worry. It's in good hands. I will care for it with all it deserves. Thank you again for your efforts that i got a perfect Yidaki. You have exceeded it several times." Alex, Germany.
"Dear Jeremy, the didji is arrived, just in time to bring it with me on holidays! The sound is really high exactly as I wanted, thanks!!" Lorena, Italy.
"First impression: ... ... ... ...!!!!!!! Second impression, Wauw! Now this is what I like! A well balanced instrument with story and some weight to it. It plays like a dream, and keeps drawing new rythms that I never played before. A perfect addition to my personal collection, this one I am going to keep, that's for sure!" Michiel Teijgeler, The Netherlands.
"Thank for the excellent packaging, wonderful instruments, and gifted CDs. Working with someone of your consistent high integrity and professionalism is a real blessing." Colin Goring, England.
"Powerful sound and rich, plenty of backpressure, easy to play... beauty !!! All the best and thank you." Nik, Aotearoa.
"I am most grateful of Jeremy's involvement with the selection of our instruments. Since Jeremy's involvement with the selection process the quality and standard of yidaki has improved beyond belief. Not only is he a superb player, his ability ot scrutinize our exact requirements with a helpful patient approach and all the extra services offered, is a blessing indeed." Melina Shirvanian, Australia.
"Just to let you know that I received the yidaki yesterday. Just what I wanted, fantastic. Thanks again for your assistance." David Thorpe, Australia.
"The yidaki is now at home! It's a very nice piece! The sound and the playing very very nice. If I give a bit much pressure the sound goes out of the nice range. Thank again to search and find out for me such a nice yidaki. All my gratitude." Bruno, Italy.
"I've received Terrence yidaki, and I think it's very wonderful yidaki, thank you very much! It's now in my collections, very meaningful. I'll go along with it in the future. Thank you! Sincerly yours." Taku, Japan.
"After having cautiously played just a bit I can fully understand that you will miss it, one of your favourite yidaki. Yes, it`s very easy to play, the backpressure is excellent, it is very resonant and sooo clear in sound, the transition to the horntones are easy to blow. The acoustics are dark, earthy and very balanced, tongue accents respond with soft-edged wielding THUDS! Great! Additionally, the artwork is really lovely, even beautiful. So thank you again, Jeremy, this yidaki I will keep in respect of the Yolngu culture." Carl, Germany.
"It's AWESOME!!!! A wonderful and magic yidaki. After playing it for a few minutes, my mind felt calm and peaceful... I really like it! and yes you are right, it teaches me pressure control and playing power! :) I think, it is a very good fit for me and exactly the right thing for what I am currently exercising." Matthias, Switzerland.
Hello Jeremy, the yidaki just arrived, it's very impressive, it's very very easy to play (the easiest i've ever experienced) and the sound is absolutely what I prefer. Many thanks!! Bart, Belgium.
"Hi Jeremy, the yidaki arrived yesterday. It´s a really nice instrument which makes a lot of fun to play (hard to play not too much). All the best." Claus Heckl, Germany.
"Hi Jeremy. In the beginning I could not take my eyes off this unique and impressive artwork, but then I additionally could not take my hands, lips, tongue and ears from it...Gosh! I...words fail me to describe all the superb artistic and outstanding playing characteristics of this yidaki...its artwork, acoustic, bass frequencies, transitions, warmth-all is so unique and special that it will always be a challenge for me to improve. This yidaki is a real present! If earth could speak-this yidaki would be able to talk about it!" Carl, Germany.
"Dear J the Yidaki arrived yesterday in perfect condition. I put a bit of wax and I just tried to play it for a minute. It's, as you told me, a warm and rich sound and he is holding the high pressure. Very nice to play and to be in contact with. Thanks for that." Bruno, Italy
"I have to say that I played a few again and I like your Yidaki more and more. This one is a dream, sweet and also likes the power. Love." Bruno, Italy.
"The Yidaki is delivered in excellent condition and it sounds really great :) It has the 'special' sound what I´m looking for, but I have to train to generate it. I`m surprised of the power and the resonance of this 'small' stick :)" Andreas Faatz, Germany.
"Hi Jeremy, in the short times I'm playing the Yidaki, I realise more and more that it is a fantastic stick! Thanks a lot for choosing it!" Michael, Germany.
"I really, really enjoy playing the F yidaki, is quite easy to play, and has a wonderful warm sound, quite amazing, so little wood, and so much character, also the toot on this one is absolutely marvelous, I can really get the long soft changing toots happening on this one ... a real pleasure to play, and I can play it indoors better, cause it is not as loud..." Ray, Austria.
"Very nice indeed, my brother! The Yali Mununggurr you sent me is a dream. Playing him more and more it become better and better and always with some surprises. Thanks for that." Bruno, Italy.
"Hello Jeremy, I have picked up the bag today. I am very happy about holding it in my hands. It is more beautiful than I could see on the picture you sent me. Thank you for your efforts. I hope I will see you as soon as possible." Alex, Germany.
"The n'goni bag arrived. It is well made and I like it has two ways of straps (hand carry and back pack). I like it has a little pocket for spare strings/pick-up too. This bag made it so easy to carry around my kamale n'goni anywhere now. Thanks bro!" Yasuo (Yas) Karaki, Australia.
"The bag is astonishingly beautiful. A piece of art, of outstanding beauty and quality. Craftmanship of a very high standard, not to be found anymore in Europe I'm afraid. It breaths the bondage between the sewers and their material. Their deep connection with the leather. It is soft to feel, creative, it smells wonderful. It is a symbol of the harmony and inter-dependence, relatedness of all human beings and nature." Hilde, Belgium.
"May I thank u very, very much, for choosing a wonderful bag, really, really nice. Martina is happy, we got it today! I am not a bag man, but this piece is quite special, great." Ray, Austria.
"Nicely done on the CD, I love the lay out and all the linear notes and examples. Plenty of stuff to keep anybody busy for a while definately a great edition to the educational materials genre of the instrument, way to go Jeremy!" John Groves, USA.
"Just a quick word to say hi and mostly thanks!! I bought balanda yidaki dhukarr off Greg of didj passion at the airvault festival. It was exactly what i was looking for when i asked you for advice for evolving. Its been a bit more than a week I bought the yidaki and the cd and i'm burstin'off new rhythms with more control, precision and power ever! The cd was exactly what i needed in straightening out what i had learned on my own, knowing and putting a name on the different sounds and the different distinctions in articulation. Being an african drum player aswell i know how much it is important to be able to sing the rhythm and the cd gave me tools to sing what i do on the yidaki. being able to sing has really evolved my playing i can really burst off the different beats i feel as i've said with precision and power!! So many thanks to you Jeremy for your advice and for showing me the way!" Ben, France.
"I have found the CD very very very very useful, informative and I can't recommend it enough to other people, thanks for sending me my copy a while back my playing has as I say come on leaps and bounds." Richard, England.
"Hi Jeremy. Thanks for the mail and CDs! Can’t wait to receive them! Yes this is my favorite didge cd ever. Highest recommendation to the didge lovers!" Sanshi, Australia.
"I just received the 2 cd's and I'm already listening for 20 minutes or so to the 1st one. Damn, this is really very great stuff! And the music is really able to bring you into trance. We want more of this :). I'm very happy with the discs." Bart, Belgium.
"Hi Jeremy! Just wanted to let you know I received the cd from you today! Great stuff! Hope to dive into some practicing with it tonight. Thanks for putting this great info together!!! Love the booklet." Allan Van Leeuwen, USA.
"I received your CDs this week-end, thanks for the rapidity! Hope your French Workshop was a success. Just been listening to them once yet, and already fan! Balanda Yidaki Dhukarr's philosophy is great... just what Balanda "neo-trad'heads" were awaiting I guess. Keep it all up! Cheers." Francis, France.
"I just recieved the CD yesterday. Thanks for the speedy delivery! This is a great tool to help learn traditional techniques and look forward to mastering them! Thanks for producing a quality product." David McGraw, USA.
"I received your CD on Monday, 1 Sept. Thank you very much. The contents of the CD are more than my expectation, like oh... you are teaching and revealing such secret parts in terms of your style. I have been listening to it and practicing along with it every day. I am hoping my technique will refine as good as what I am aiming for. The quality of the sound of the CD and the explanation of the booklet are at very high standard. I am sure people who have been practicing Yolngu style will love it as you have approached into the every little phrase in it. I will keep practicing until I start my recording again!" Yas, Australia.
"Hi Jeremy, I received the prints. Amazing! More beautiful than I had imagined. Thank you," Yu, Japan.
TAONGA PUORO PRODUCTION
"Nga Awa Hauora has arrived safe and sound. It is magnificent! A beautiful taonga, very warm and powerful. Thank you." Dr Fraser Todd, Aotearoa.
"Hey Jeremy, amazing pūtōrino, so much to explore, I have found the main voices, along with some other quite strange tones when covering the mangai and mouth end and blowing across the smaller end, creates a range of oscillations, even moth like tones, amazing piece bro thanks heaps hope your travels are going well." Tom, Aotearoa.
"Kia ora Heremi, I just wanted to let you know I received Wairere today Thank you so much! Wairere is absolutely beautiful! :) Ngā mihi nui anō mō tēnei tino taonga." Nicola, Aotearoa.
"Jeremy…. I am amazed, delighted, honoured, in awe and very pleased. The porotiti is beautiful and just so significant for me. I saw it and heard it late yesterday." Geoff Dugan, Australia.
"I can feel the strength of your spirit helpers assisting you, as you embody the healing resonance through all your works. No price can really be put on what you are creating. My guidance is to thank you for all the work that you do, in assisting other healers to provide enhanced elements through the deep ancestral heritage that you channel. I love the consciousness of your works living on, and facilitating change into the future." Mariangela, Australia.
"It is such an exciting feeling to think that I can have a pūtōrino directly from you. If you carve your sacred mountain like Aoraki, it will be something more than excitement. My heart is now shaking with warm streams." Ichiro, Japan.
"I’m really glad to have found you! You are incredibly talented with all of your different areas of expertise and your carving is incredible!" Brook, Aotearoa.
"I could not believe to my eyes! What a beautiful shell! and what a beautiful sound she have! you really can hear the softness that gives the wooden mouthpiece.... and what a beautiful handwork you do..... difficult to find the words.. I'm touched from your kindness... very touched.... really thanks a lot! I will play the Putatara as something precious that come from a great tradition of Maori culture and from a great friend!" Gerard Antonio Coatti, Italy.
"Hi there again! Well just read the full story of Pepe. And I have to say thank you, the story really touches my heart. I can sense a deep relation with my own feelings and the way I life - the message from this Nguru serves as a reminder to give life to our loves and passions by expressing them outwardly with truth, respect and integrity - this is exactly were I stand for and what my message is to the people I teach. So it is no coincidence that this Nguru & I meet. Thanks bro, and talk to you soon." Bastiaan Baaij, The Netherlands.
"Thank you for the goods. We just love them. Yes they arrived safe and sound. Your work is just fantastic and the people we have shown them too are also impressed." Helen, Aotearoa.
"Jeremy, just a thank you for such an unbelievable, articulate class. Even through sleep, my brain hasn't stopped for a second attempting to digest all that you taught. I have a whole new perspective, and approach with yidaki now, and for the first time in many a year, have this motivation to push further with what you showed. Thank you for your energy, your patience, and I won't let you down. Have a safe flight, and until the next class, take care brother. All the best." Zed, England.
"I found in Switzerland not only a genius player and teacher for yidaki, but also a man with a great charisma and the wisdom of three old medicine men, loving the nature and with his work and calling being the bridge between the past and the future and a bridge between the people – bringing them together with your wonderful music. I am very impressed of what you are doing and your attitude." Gisela, Germany.
"It is thanks to you, that I left the workshop totally inspired. This inspiration is still alive and it let me practice as often as it is possible. It was really refreshing that you did a lot of exercises with us - exercises that we somehow could manage. Your workshop was brilliant and it was a pleasure to have met you. Ka Pai and hopefully till next year. Best wishes." Hajo, Germany.
"Jeremy, I would like to say a big thank you once more for sharing your knowledge and precious lifetime with us. You’re a tremendous teacher with a heart to match that! The ember that was ignited in Belgium has become a bushfire in the Netherlands…" Gino, Belgium.
"Big Thanks Jeremy! As the last time I had the chance to meet you, it had a profound impact on my being. You have enriched me with many new tools for mass peace and love. Loved the yidaki courses, loved the n'goni and maybe to some surprise, have really found something in the porotiti and taonga pūoro in general. As the bird who needed his freedom, others have been made specifically for their 'owners' to set love free. Thanks again Jeremy! What a blessing! Take good care of yourself bro and hope to see you soon when the time comes around again!" Bennoit, USA.
"So super amped right now, your class always leaves me on a high!!!" Lucie, Aotearoa.
"Hi and thanks for an amazing afternoon! Just what I needed and I will be practising awaiting your return for the next n'goni day!" Sarah, Aotearoa.
"I think you're a kind of person that can change the world... Thanks again!" Allesandro, Italy.
"Fantastic! .. I may have even got those rhythms up to speed. Hey Jeremy, great day, well organised, good pace, and plenty to go home with.. very enjoyable.. My n'goni isn't an ornament anymore.." Ian, Aotearoa.
"London workshop on May 27th was truly amazing, you managed to keep my attention the whole day :) thank you for your dedication, knowledge and most important, the kindness for sharing it, you are truly a amazing person Jeremy :) and thats understated !!! now that I have your tutorial cd, I will be practising all the steps, until we meet next time. Take care my brother." David, Belgium.
"Hi Jeremy, short feedback to the workshop: It was the 3rd time for me in your workshop and it was not just a refresher, there were many new things for me to catch. I'd liked to have a 30min lesson with you as we had in the workshop in Stein am Rhein (2010), but maybe this time we were a little bit too much people for that. However, I truly thank you for all the energy you put in teaching/workshops. For me, practicing Yidaki has become joyful, every time. Your workshops have supported me strongly with that, thanks!" Beni, Switzerland.
"We finally got to experience Jeremy's class in the states!!! Ok... only a one day class. I cannot recommend him enough! Great teaching style." Warner, USA.
"I thought your workshop was one of the best I've done and if you come back to the UK again you could put me down for a place for sure. I would be interested if you even do a two-day workshop. I think the way you taught was brilliant and easy going. I also think your traditional playing was superb as you did not play that much when I first met you at Garma in 2004, I hope you come back to the UK." Dave White.
"Just want to say again big thanks for the workshop and for sharing the yidaki wisdom with us...! I think you are a gifted teacher able to inspire, encourage and guide people in the right way, so in relation to that I have nothing else to say except THANK YOU! I am really glad to have discovered a bit more of the roots of such wonderful and powerful instrument and tradition... I left craving for more... who knows where will that inspiration take me later on... I also enjoyed very much your playing and of course all the beautiful instruments you showed us... I've checked them again in your website, is hard to choose what to aim to first... slowly slowly i guess... they are all amazing and amazing as well your refined work, respect for that." Aura, Mexico.
"I found the workshop was fantastic. Jeremy is a great teacher and things were explained well for all. Just listening to Jeremy playing right in front of you was a great experience. We were encouraged to make notes and not to record anything. This has worked fairly well for me, but it would be good if maybe you could produce a cd or dvd to go along with the workshop. Just so as you could check back on things to hear how it sounded and so on [Let me know if you ever do]. Nothing more constructive to add, just that the day was awesome, and I can't wait for the return visit. The one thing I found when I got home and played was that the workshop gave me a real shot in the arm and improvements in playing are happening. Cheers." Julian, England.
"Hello Jeremy, thank you for this excellent workshop and your high quality learning-CD. It was a pleasure to meet you." Jorg, Germany.
"Thank you Jeremy for building bridges between different people, cultures and times. An introduction into a pure and authentic tradition that inspires to explore even more. Now it's time to practice, practice, practice...." Kenny, Belgium.
"I really apreciate your workshop here in Cesena. I'm doing practise with what I've learn in your lessons (at this time two workshop with you: Forlimpopoli was the first one) and cd tutorial. I'd really love traditional way of playing didgeridoo. But most of all the meanings and the culture around this instrument and the mens that "hear" the music. I really think that without knowing traditions or best, without appreciate the misterious emotions of meet myself that I've in commons with all human beings, playing didgeridoo risks to become training, performance, calculation, technicism. And human being's heart disappears behind the instrument." Gianni Placido, Italy.
"I totally enjoyed the seminar at the London club in October, my playing as improved ten-fold. I`ll definitely see you on your next visit to the U.K." Chris.
"As so often on workshops, there are always people who want to make an effort to record the proceedings.....and I was really pleased that Jeremy did not compromise in allowing people to do this. I have to say I find it irritating and that note taking is by far the best way of remembering the proceedings. As with so many other aspects of music, there is a huge spiritual thread woven delicately through the whole area. You can teach a dog to jump through a hoop and you can teach someone to play an instrument - a mechanical process that does not necessarily include feeling and awareness. I found Jeremy's sensitivity and awareness quite moving, his ability to show how the Aborigines in his experience speak and feel, a huge eye opener and deepened my appreciation of the instrument and the spirituality it embodies. The way the day was set out suited me fine, and the putting together of rhythms and sequence of rhythms a brilliant exercise. Three of us got together last Saturday to go through what we did - using my written notes !!!!!!!! and it was a really good exercise. Improvements - well, I think it was just fine as it was. It is extraordinarily difficult having to put together a plan for a workshop, only to find that half have just learned which end to blow through and the other half have been playing for ages - in which case, the plan just goes out of the window. It was a great day, thank you." Andy Mapplebeck, England.
"Here´s the workshop feedback: - THANK YOU!!! - My englisch isn`t good enough to write a long mail. Your workshop give me very much information, exercises and inspiration for the next weeks... (...months, ...years...). Greetings from Germany." Christian Falkenrich.
"I thoroughly enjoyed your workshop! Your way of teaching was one that felt very natural and familiar to me. I also very much appreciated your no-nonsense and non-esoterical approach to the teaching that was backed-up by your knowledge in neurolinguistics. It was an excellent opportunity for me to double-check my own findings and to get a lot of new inputs. The only thing I was a bit sorry about was that the 3 hours went by too fast. I would have loved to sit down with you and do some 1:1 teaching. Hopefully, there will be another occasion sometime and if I have the chance to attend another one of your workshops, I certainly will!" Christian Som, Switzerland.
"Hi there Jeremy, again thanks for your enthusiastic and motivated course, it was great to be a student again and to learn and listen to your stories and knowledge." Bastiaan Baaij, The Netherlands.
"I have been organising and attending classes with Jeremy for the past few years now. The way he constructs his workshop is simply perfect! He is able to get everybody along due to his clear teaching method, especially if you take a multiple day course with him, your didge/Yidaki playing will get an immense boost! It is not just the inspiration to practise Yolngu sounds/style but, and that is for me most important, the way he can bring across the idea to be in charge and in full control of the sounds and rhythm you want to play. Last but not least, Jeremy is not Yolngu and he’s clear about that, but learning from Jeremy I started to understand and appreciate Yolngu music a lot more!" Michiel Teijgeler, Holland.
"Hey Jeremy! I still want to thank you for the great workshop you gave us in Leuven. It influenced my playing-style very much. The turorial cd is also very great! It helped me a lot. I truly hope we will have the opportunity again to do a workshop when you're in Belgium someday again. You are really a great teacher and we had a great day." Bart, Belgium.
"Hey Jeremy, a quick response on the Eindhoven workshop, last weekend. On Saturday you surprised me telling I had to play the yidaki in front, I never did that, when I started I even couldn't. Amazing you were listening and correcting when all of us had to play. I didn't hear any difference. Sunday was an off day, I was completely absent minded, cause that day I had a blinding headache, in spite off the asperine that I took. In the early morning I was okay and made a mountain bike trip for about 25 km. I couldn't make any proper sound on the yidaki that day, I felt a bit ashamed, too bad I had this headache just on that day. I didn't consider leaving the workshop, cause I wanted to hear and listen to all that you had to say. Your body absorbs the info that I am telling you said, your were right, on Monday listening to your CD it went much better, and it all came up, even I could hear different sound. Well it is gonna take me some time to improve myself. It was a thrill take part in your workshop and I never forget it and you. Thanks again. The next time you visit Holland I'll try to be there again." Paul Gerrits, The Netherlands.
"A quick note to say how much I enjoyed your lesson, that you gave on Saturday 18th of October. I enjoyed it so much, and have found myself gripped by the yidaki once again. I enjoyed seeing you as well - a long long way from Sydney, eh? It is good to see that you are getting out and going round the world passing on what you know. It is very interesting to hear about yidaki from someone who has been to where they grow, as it were. It was good to see you on my soil this time." Dan Loizos, England.
"Thank you for the great workshop in Switzerland. For me it was again the opportunity to review my own knowledge and to improve them with you. The best part is not met a brilliant yidaki player with a multicultural vision, but a friend whom I appreciate. I am very impressed by what you do and how you do it. Also thank you again for the great day with Frank and the yidaki you have got for me. I Love its sound and the ingenious way to play it. I hope to see you again soon." Alex, Germany.
"Mr. Jeremy Cloake, thanks you for your letter. I enjoyed your workshop very very much. I practice yidaki with your tuition cd everyday. That is fun and I think I progress by little and little. I hope to see you again next year." Yoshinari Kobayashi, Japan.
"I thought you tailored the lesson just right to my ability and needs, clearly outlining technique and structure of rhythm forming. I found your teaching style to be spot on and very friendly and humble. Looking forward to working with you again." Carl Woodward, New Zealand.
"Hi Jeremy, thank you for the workshop at Colin's shop in London. You certainly gave me alot to think about and to practise. I must say, you are definitely the best yidaki teacher I've ever learned from and a real inspiration." Simon, England.
"Hello Jeremy, I hope all is good for you. I don't want to disturb you but just a few words to say that your new cd is very very very good. It's easyest now for me to anderstand yidaki sounds. now I can write all my rythms. The workshop you made in Alsace whith Gregory is in my mind for ever. I hope to see you the next year to learn more and more. If you come in France i don't forget the red wine and the white wine. Thank you for all you are and all you make. I hope my english is not too bad. THANKS......" Cyril, France.
"If you have actually taken the time to read through all this text then you deserve a ten percent discount off anything that I have featured here on this website for sale and also my n'goni website. I will even include orders! That's my way of saying thanks for showing such an interest in what I do and taking the time to read this. Just click here to claim your discount. Congratulations, you are awesome! Jeremy, Aotearoa.
"Great thanks one more time for your Yidaki tuition over here. I enjoyed the whole thing in a very special way. After six years of didjeridu playing a very new way of playing has germinate. I practise with great enthousiasm and found out that this circle for me is more round than only play common didge style. As we took it in history, it feels like give back a tiny bit from it. I learned in the weekend that we have to keep alive those traditional energies, before it will be completely lost over a 100 years. So if i may be small part of keeping it alive i'm a happy man. As you asked us for some bad comments, i don't have any. The far negative i can go is that it was way to short, but that is only positive. Believe me that i have had some rythemly fevers about dhid-dihrl-lung dha-rong dha-rong etc..back over home, it does run trough my brains every day, yeah!" Hans, The Netherlands.
"Hi Jeremy, I was the Aussie guy that came to your workshop in Tokyo the other month. Just want to say thanks for the workshop and opening me up to a whole new world. Since the workshop I have really immersed myself in yidaki and have really started to gain an appreciation for it. I think the way you taught too was very constructive and encouraging. After hearing you play I thought ‘how in the hell is he doing that?!’, but have realized that with practice I have been able to improve more than I thought I could.Thanks again and hope to see you at the next workshop, cheers." Andrew, Japan.
"The workshop is perfect the way you do it, and I cannot imagine immediately a point in it that has to be improved. Every time it's amazing to see how people's way of playing (and not only yidaki playing, but also didgeridoo-playing) improve/evolve during your lessons. And last but not least, you always manage to create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere during your workshops, so that everyone (I think) is always at ease very soon." Bart, Belgium.
“I can say without any hesitation that you are the best yidaki/didgeridoo teacher I have had the good fortune to learn from and your workshop was high excellence.” Colin Goring, England.