Serious Ocarina Player, online edition

Serious Ocarina Player book cover

This is the online edition of 'Serious Ocarina Player', a book which covers playing the ocarina from the basics, to advanced topics, ideal if you want to progress your ocarina playing beyond the basics. You will find information covering many topics, including common playing techniques, things which affect the sound of an ocarina, and what the instrument is capable of, all in one place.

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?

Types of ocarinas

Which ocarina type should I learn?

Ocarina physics

How ocarinas work

Playing characteristics and timbre

Breath curves and tuning

Tuning and ambient temperature

Understanding the ocarina

Ocarina naming conventions

Ocarina anatomy

The ocarina's fingering system

Choosing an ocarina

Ocarina ergonomics

Measuring an ocarina's breath curve

Finish differences and ocarina care

Keys and pitch ranges

Choosing your first ocarina

Fundamental ocarina techniques

Why you need a mentor

Practising the ocarina effectively

How to hold an ocarina

Playing the high notes

Learning the fingerings

Blowing and intonation

Recording for practice

Blowing an ocarina correctly

Intonation (playing in tune)

Dealing with warm or cold environments

Getting a good sound on the high notes

Playing multichamber ocarinas

Multichamber ocarinas & tunings

Multichamber fingerings

Holding a multichamber ocarina

Blowing a multichamber ocarina

Chamber switching

Articulation and ornamentation

Articulating notes on the ocarina


Ornamentation: rolls, cranns, and strike cranns

Articulation and ornamentation applied

Music and the ocarina

Identifying playable sheet music

Modifying music to fit the ocarina

Where to breathe

High tempo playing

Choosing the best ocarina key for a tune

Playing ocarinas in different keys

Aproaching basic theory

Approaching music as a beginner

Octaves and scale formation

How to approach sheet music as a beginner

Reading rhythms: forget counting

Playing by ear (yes it's possible)

Harmony for ocarina players

Learning to identify melodic intervals by ear

Frequently asked questions

Is the ocarina easy to play?

Is the ocarina a good instrument for young children?

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 squeak 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?


Finding interest in technical exercises

Basic scales for single chamber ocarinas

Diatonic intervals for ocarina

Pentatonic scales for the ocarina


Want to play well? Stop using ocarina tabs!

Cons of the ocarina as a first instrument

Seven common ocarina mistakes to avoid

How to record an ocarina

Composing for the ocarina

Challenges in marketing the ocarina

Guiding principles: How to become a great ocarina player

Teaching music to children

Notating fingered articulations (cuts and strikes)

Ideological dissonance, and a case for electronic 'ocarinas'