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3. 12-hole Ocarina Fingering Chart and Scarborough Fair

Lesson 3 Module 1

What is the ocarina?

For many, familiarity with the ocarina is limited the classic Nintendo games like "Zelda and the Ocarina of Time".  But the instrument itself is very ancient, as old as 12,000 years.
Ocarinas are in the woodwind family, in particular flutes.  Most flutes are tubes are pipes, such as the recorder, tin whistle, fife, and of course the western flute family instruments like the pipe and concert flute.  Ocarinas are a little different because instead of pipes, they have chambers, they can be made in a number of different shapes, and they are known as vessel flutes.

ocarina review

Example of 12-holed and 6-holed ocarinas from www.stlocarina.com

Awhile ago I created ten lessons for the 6-holed ocarina (also known as the English ocarina).  With my own children, I have found these to be more ideal for younger children due to their size.  In the meantime, I have been playing more with my 12-holed ocarina (Italian) and find that I prefer it, but it's a personal preference.  Both are beautiful and they both play very well.

There are a number of places you can buy ocarinas.  Our familys' ocarinas all came from STL ocarina pictured above, which I do not hesitate to recommend.  If you are in the UK, Ocarina Workshop is very professional. There are a number of artisans who make them too, such as Spencer from https://spencerocarina.com/, who created the video below.  He made the ocarina, plays it, did fantastic cosplay, AND filmed everything in the video on location without any green screen work.  Such a fantastic video worth watching with the kids.

Ace Ocarinas is another artisan I've followed, and his experimental approach has been fun to follow, his ocarinas are truly unique.

The fingering charts and Scarborough fair are part of a 10-song series of songs from the British Isles (Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales). I'm nearly finished and will add them to the members area of the site.  This will be part of a larger project to build a library.

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