The sound of this ocarina has a mystical Egyptian feeling, it doesn't take a lot of air - so you can play long melodic phrases. The fingering is rather easy to master. It takes some time to practice the right breathing and it pays off with a beautiful precise sound.
Ocarina feels great to the touch and is really enjoyable to play.
How do I play the ocarina?
The process of learning to play a specific ocarina can be very relaxing and meditative. It takes time to learn how to precisely control the air flow, putting focus on your breath-work.
Step 1: WARMUP YOUR OCARINA
Close the square air hole or holes on the top of your ocarina with your hand and breathe slowly through the mouthpiece for a minute. Ocarinas condense a fair amount of air moisture when played, especially ceramic ones. After one minute of breathing this way,blow out the moisture with a short strong blow - and you're good to go. After warming up - the condensation will take more time to build up and you will have to get rid of the moisture less frequently.
Step 2: GET YOUR FINGERS IN POSITION
It is important that the holes are fully covered to create a nice seal; but at the same time, you want to relax your hand. This will take time to learn the right pressure needed. Many beginners get very sore fingers after just a few minutes of playing. When your hand is tired, take a break. Your finger muscles will get strengthened much faster if you have 5 two minute sessions than if you have one 10 minute session. Watch the video in this listing or on our youtube channel to see how Vladimir hold and plays this bamboo ocarina.
Step 3: PRACTICE CONTROLLING YOUR BREATH.
Learning how to precisely control the air flow takes practice. First begin with a very soft gentle exhale. Listen to the quality of the sound. Then increase the pressure and listen carefully to how the sound has changed. Continue playing with different amounts of pressure until you enjoy the sound you have created.
What is this ocarina made from?
This beautiful bamboo ocarina is hand crafted from bamboo and is firmly constricted with threads. Bamboo ocarinas are extremely durable.
Where are these bamboo ocarinas made?
We searched the world to find the best musician quality clay and bamboo ocarinas. After many months, we found them off the east coast of the Black Sea, in Russia. We were blessed to meet Vladimir, a very talented artist takes who takes pride in his work as can be seen in both the appearance and stunning sound as displayed in his videos.
How do I care for and store my ocarina?
Playing the ocarina can lead to a lot of moisture buildup inside the instruments. It's very important to let the ocarina dry out in an open space.
It is not recommended that you wash your bamboo orcarina with soap and water a as this will strip off the outer coating of beeswax and seed oil. On the very rare occasion, you may wish to pour some tap water into the bamboo ocarina, shake it, pour out and let the ocarina dry out in open space but this is not something one should do frequently.
I don't think it is something one should do frequently
These ocarinas are works of art and I am sure you will want to show yours off. Bamboo ocarinas are very durable and do not need any special care when displaying.
Be aware of the humidity levels in your room. Constant changes of humidity are not good for wooden instruments.
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