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Ocarina : What is it?

Ocarinas

The ocarina is an oval-shaped vessel flute made up of four to 13 finger holes and a mouth tube projecting from it. It has a cavity that serves a Helmholtz resonator that reverberates the sound. Usually shaped like an animal, it can be made of ceramic, plastic, glass, or wood. It uses a special tablature for creating music.

The ocarina is one of the oldest musical instruments that dates back 12,000 years ago. It is an important instrument in Chinese and Mesoamerican cultures. 

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Types of Ocarinas

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Kinds of Ocarinas include the following:

Multi-chambered ocarina

  • A multi-chambered ocarina is a double ocarina that can play polyphonic pieces.

With keys
Ocarina

  • An ocarina with keys was made in the late 19th century.
  • It is made with keys that expand its musical range.
  • It enables the fingers to reach widely spaced holes.

Modern ocarina

  • A modern ocarina is a circular isntrument made of plastic and ceramic.
  • It uses the four and six hole fingering system developed by John Taylor.
  • It can be customized to produce a bass, mini-D, or mega-bass G sounds.

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Choosing Ocarinas (Buying tips)

Chamber:  Choose a two-chambered ocarina to double the standard number of notes to get a wider range of sound.  

Holes size: 
Look for an ocarina with holes in different sizes for a wider range of sound.

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