I’ve been playing for a few months so it’s time to give something back.
I gave myself a month to learn circular breathing. You need to immerse yourself in the culture and practice: go into a YouTube flat spin. Commit to 20 minutes a day, no excuses. And it’s difficult. The first few weeks you’ll be building up the muscles you haven’t used before and it’s very hard to measure progression. But it’s the repetition that’s important.
I thought circular breathing would click after a while and then I’d be able to do it for an hour. I’ve learnt a few things but nothing so simple yet profound as the didge: it is just a pipe after all.
You first learn to breathe in and then you realise that sometimes you have to breathe out on your circular breath – it’s all about balancing the pressure not just replacing air – and then you find you want to smooth out the transition which is a whole other beast.
The big thing for me which I haven’t seen anyone mention explicitly is that the push is not a tight squeak like a trumpet but a slow raspberry sound: really make your lips flap.