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The ocarina flute is in principle a "vessel" or closed end flute and is a wind instrument. An assortment of types of ocarinas have existed since ancient times. Ocarinas can make beautiful music and rhythm. There are numerous many ocarinas, like the sweet potato, inline. Various ocarinas have differing hole sizes and numbers of holes. The above videos are of the Mountain Ocarina except of course for the one of the guy playing the broccoli ocarina :) recent times a video game called zelda the ocarina of time has made the ocarina popular among kids. In this video game by Nintendo (R) the character Link plays his flute for different reasons. There are games for Nintendo 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in 1998, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Holes differ in size. You can visit my ocarina blog or learn some questions to ask when you want to buy ocarina. Just about any genre of music can be played on these vessel flutes. A capable instrumentalist can play celtic, classical, Christian, hynns, jazz, bluegrass, hard rock, classic or acid rock, rap, country western, folk music, pop, traditional Irish, Scottish, disco, native american, Latin, Mexican, South American, African, or just any of a number of musical styles you can think of. Ocarinas are made of a variety of materials including hard wood, ceramic, pottery, plastic, other woods, glass, metal, steel, aluminum or just about any substance that can be worked into a firm shape. Skilled performers can add fancy decoration or ornamentation like cuts or rolls to make a easy song or piece into a virtuoso masterpiece.

Some say that versions of the ocarina originated in Budrio which is a city near Bologna Italy. Though different ocarinas have varying fingerings, some ocarina artisans and craftsmen have produced ocarina tab or tablature similar to tab used in guitar. Of course conventional notation can also be used in this new age to express an opus. These flutes are flexible and can be played by an individual or a symphony. Some composers have made scores to be used to play harmonies. If the conductor understands counterpoint, then he will understand how to write the scores so that the harmony will be according to modern musical theory.

Since the start of time, from earliest to modern time, music and the arts have been an essential element of all cultures and civilizations. Some artisans make ocarinas to play in different keys. The potential keys would be C C# D D# E E# F F# G G# A A# B B# as well as the flat keys in both major and minor. Some ocarinas are chromatic and some are pentatonic only. Of course chromatic instruments are more accommodating than non-chromatic flutes. Some fingerings are straightforward and some are difficult. These works of art can have 1 one, 2 two, 3 three, 4 four, 5 five, 6 six, 7 seven, 8 eight, 9 nine, 10 ten, 11 eleven, 12 twelve, 13 thirteen, 14 fourteen or more finger holes. Some play a full octave, some less than an octave, and some yet play more than an octave.

Chromatic instruments can be played both as a transposing or non-transposing instrument. High school bands, for example, usually instruct all non C instruments as transposing instruments for ease of learning. Certainly this makes it more complicated when duos, trios, or quartets perform in concert because it requires transposition of the staff of music. High-quality information about the ocarina can be found at Wikipedia. The ocarina is a musical instrument. Some are high quality, some are inexpensive, some are worthy of a public recital. Some are toys merely. They can be used by the professional or amateur or beginning musician alike to play haunting meoldies for a choir or chorus or to jam with friends. One just needs to be a learner at heart and have fingers and motivation. Then you can set the mood with your playing.

They can be played along with the guitar, piano, trumpet, accordian, banjo, harp, recorder, cello, violin, mandolin, bass, viola, clarinet, horns, bells, vocalist, tin whistle, penny whistle, bagpipes or just about any instrument you can think of...

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