ocarinaThe ocarina (or “okaryna” in Ukrainian) is a diatonic wind or flute instrument that is made from pottery or metal. It has a “goose head” shape, hence its Italian name “oca”.  Its small mouthpiece is attached to an oblong body that has a number of tone holes for playing different pitches. Generally, the ocarina has eight tone holes that are aligned in two rows for playing by the left and right hands. It can play notes in a range of one to one-and-a-half octaves. This instrument and its primitive variations have been found in areas of the Ukraine, Italy, China, Egypt and other countries.


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An ocarina trio

Video Overview: Ocarina from Ten Little Duet for Treble Instruments by Ross Edwards

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Evenstar from the Lord of the Rings on STL Hobbit Ocarina

Video Overview: This video is a music video with a featured ocarina player on the song “Evenstar” from Lord of the Rings.

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Choosing your first ocarina (by Docjazz)

Video Overview: David demonstrates how to choose your first ocarina purchase.

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Lena Plays Pokemon Bike Theme on STL Ocarinas

Video Overview: An advanced ocarina performance

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How to Play Zelda Songs on Your Ocarina

Video Overview: This video demonstrates how to play and read music for the ocarina. This is an intermediate level teaching.

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