Learn to play the ocarina

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Learn to play the ocarina with 'Serious Ocarina Player', covering everything from the basics, to advanced topics.

If you prefer, this book is also available as an Ebook, and paper editions, which you can find here.

Ocarina basics

What is an ocarina?

What are ocarinas capable of?

The types of ocarina

What type of ocarina should I learn?

The design of transverse ocarinas

Ocarina anatomy

How ocarinas work

How to identify ergonomic ocarinas

The ocarina's fingering system

Breath curves and tuning

Tuning and ambient temperature

Choosing an ocarina

Evaluating the quality of transverse ocarinas

Keys and pitch ranges

Playing characteristics and timbre

Recognising badly tuned ocarinas

Materials, finish differences and ocarina care

Choosing your first ocarina

An introduction to music

The components of melody

Understanding rhythm

Octaves and scale formation

The logic of sheet music

Harmony for ocarina players

The relationship between melody and chords

Playing your first music on the ocarina

Fundamentals of playing the ocarina

Learning the fingerings

Playing your first music on the ocarina

Figures, phrases and motifs

Where to breathe

Controlling your finger movements

Different ways of notating music for ocarina

Holding, blowing and playing in tune

How to hold an ocarina

Playing the high notes

Blowing an ocarina correctly

Intonation (playing in tune)

Dealing with warm or cold environments

Getting a good sound on the high notes

Effective practice

Practising effectively

The value of mentours

Practising rhythms

Scales, intervals and arpeggios

Developing your playing tempo

Recording for practice

Getting started playing ocarina with sheet music

How to play ocarina with sheet music

Sight reading sheet music on the ocarina

Learning to play complex sheet music on the ocarina as a beginner

Reading sheet music with a key signature

Reading rhythms: forget counting

Identifying playable sheet music

Transposing sheet music to fit the ocarina

Playing sheet music by pattern recognition

Getting started playing ocarina by ear

How to play the ocarina by ear

Finding notes and playing longer melodies

Recognising melodic patterns

Learning to identify melodic intervals by ear

The basics of improvisation on the ocarina

Music and the ocarina

Music for the ocarina

Choosing an ocarina to fit the range of a song

Playing ocarinas in different keys

Modifying music to fit the ocarina

Making your music sound musical

Articulating notes on the ocarina

Playing cuts and strikes on the ocarina


Ornamentation: rolls, cranns, and strike cranns

Articulation and ornamentation applied

Notating fingered articulations (cuts and strikes)

Playing multichamber ocarinas

Multichamber ocarinas & tunings

Multichamber fingerings

Holding a multichamber ocarina

Blowing a multichamber ocarina

Chamber switching on multichamber ocarinas

Frequently asked questions

Is the ocarina easy to play?

Is the ocarina a good instrument for young children?

What is the differance between a 12 hole and 10 hole ocarina?

How do I play vibrato on ocarina?

Why do I get hand pain from playing the ocarina?

Why do I get a lot of moisture in my ocarina?

Why does my ocarina have airy high notes?

Why does my ocarina sound airy in recordings?

Why does my ocarina screech on its high notes?

Why does my ocarina sound out of tune?

Why are my ocarina's high notes flat?

How do I mute an ocarina?

How do I switch chambers smoothly?


Want to play well? Stop using ocarina tabs!

Cons of the ocarina as a first instrument

How to teach the ocarina to children

How to become a great ocarina player

Seven common ocarina mistakes to avoid

Fourteen tips for practising the ocarina effectively

How to record an ocarina

Composing for the ocarina

Challenges in marketing the ocarina

A case for electronic ocarinas


Finding interest in technical exercises

Beginner sheet music sight reading exercices for ocarina

Basic scales for single chamber ocarinas

Diatonic intervals for ocarina

Pentatonic scales for the ocarina