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Choosing Your First Ocarina

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Ocarinas are a Truly beautiful instrument that dates back thousands of years. In this instructable, i will be giving tips and advice for those choosing their first ocarina.
 
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Step 1: Ocarinas I Do Not Recommend

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Peruvian Pendants are a very common type of ocarina, and usually have 6-8 holes. they are also known for having unique designs on them.

However, i do not recommend these ocarinas for a couple of reasons
-The are made out of cheep clay that doesn't resonate well
-They have little to no tuning

however if this is the only ocarina available to you, any Ocarina is better than none at all.

Step 2: English Pendants

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English Pendant Ocarinas Are a Good choice because they are usually very affordable and very portable.

There is however, a downside to these ocarinas, they play a full scale on only 4-6 holes, this means that the finger combinations can be difficult and frustrating to master.

however, once you learn the finger combinations well, playing these ocarinas should be easy.

Step 3: Inlines

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Another good Option is the inline ocarina, these a also very affordable, and tend to be very portable, they have more holes than the English pendants, meaning you can lift your fingers up one at a time in a row instead of using finger combinations.

Step 4: Transvese (Sweet Potato)

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Transverse Ocarina are another popular option, they usually have 10-12 holes, and are usually made of ceramic clay. these ocarinas tend to have better sound quality than the others and are the most popular ocarina on the market.

Step 5: For Zelda Fans

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For Zelda Fans there are many different Options, however, the most popular are STL's and Songbird's, I would recommend songbird's Ocarina of time Replica because of it's amazing quality. The STL model has an uncomfortably long mouth piece and a poorly designed Triforce band. Being a Zelda fan and an Ocarina Player, I can honestly say that the Songbird Ocarina of Time Replica is better than STL's.

However, STL does have something that Songbird Doesn't, The Rupee Ocarina! These Small Pendants are Very affordable ($10-$30) and sound pretty nice, they come in multiple colors. and they come either as a tenor or a soprano.
16lundgcodm11 months ago
Add a link for the zelda ocarinas!!!
mmtz12 years ago
Do you have a fingering chart for an Alto C ocarina... It's the $3 type
Such as this
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=sweet+potato+ocarina&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=np&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=13784847405838144909&sa=X&ei=GKllTr_1GaXhsQKLldTECg&ved=0CG4Q8wIwAw


Any suggestion will appreciated ... Thanks!
I remember my first ocarina. A peruvian pendant I got in New Orleans. ah, memories.
mommydono3 years ago
I wondered what the painted sharks teeth had to do with ocarinas...wonderful information on the different types, that's a lovely and varied collection you have, thank you for sharing.
ubersquirel3 years ago
Wow, that collection runs the whole gambit of ocarina types...
OOH! Is that a multi-chambered ocarina I see?
zigojacko3 years ago
Wow. Ocarina's - I had forgotten these even existed, remember playing these at school when I was a kid. I have never seen nor heard of one since.
snakeyjakey3 years ago
only problem is that all the good looking ones are really expensive
Do you have any....fingering charts (i guess) for a 9-hole ocarina. I don't play mine much except from ear. Thanks.
sir-zeke (author)  Keira_Yagami3 years ago
What kind is it?
is it one of the following?

http://www.stlocarina.com/r3.html
http://www.stlocarina.com/e3dis.html
http://www.stlocarina.com/ocarina-by-type-9-hole.html
http://www.mountainsocarina.com/ocarinas1b.htm#polycarbonateg
its is the
http://www.stlocarina.com/e3dis.html
one, only I didn't order it from there so I didn't get the song book.
sir-zeke (author)  Keira_Yagami3 years ago
How's this?
http://blog.stlocarina.com/storage/fingering-charts/9HoleE.PDF
That's great! Thank you, now to decode some music. That much the band nerd part of me Can do ^_^.
Do you recommend an alto(c) or soprano(c) sweet potato ocarina? Or a key besides c?
sir-zeke (author)  Slayerfan6663 years ago
Well, Alto's are larger than sopranos, so they are usually better for people with large hands, however it really depends on how high you want it to sound, the sopranos is higher than the alto, so the alto may be better for those with sensitive hearing.
Ok, cool thanks.
baconrocks3 years ago
Thats an amazing ocarina collection! Where did you get the really small necklace ones?
Sweet.
crossfire3 years ago
You sure like your ocarinas!
Thanks for the 'ible
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