Blue Dolphin
Inline Ocarinist x 5
Inline Ocarinist x 5
Joined: June 15th, 2010, 1:32 pm

July 6th, 2010, 2:26 am #11

I have enjoyed everything that has been written here so far ! Very useful with great tips and insights.
Thanks to all of you. C:
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Isobelise
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Joined: October 1st, 2010, 9:00 pm

October 5th, 2010, 10:21 am #12

I allways think that if you can play a Musical scale fluently and without a flaw (off-tune) you're pretty well along the way.
I used to do this everyday on the guitar and it helps a lot! With the ocarina aswell, even after only playing it for 5 days I notice a increase of clear tones and a better souplesse in my fingers. I can also hear that in the little songs I now play ^^.
Hope this will help some one :D

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(sorry for my bad musical jargon)
"That's cute....BUT IT"S WRONG!!!"

ocarina's I have:
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:inline: mountain, Polycarbonate, Key of C
:ocarina: Noble Alto C

I want:
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Vermin
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Joined: September 7th, 2008, 11:00 am

October 5th, 2010, 11:09 am #13

Well, if you can't play a scale in tune, you definitely have a lot to exercise. Playing songs in tune will be harder as well. It does make a lot of sense. I should really start playing scales more often. I always have a tuner with me (one that that I can even call with yeah). Tuners have been, and still are, very helpful to me. I feel the main problem with ocarinas is that you can't always find that piece Kresimir was talking about. That piece that had these challenges. Of coarse, even easier songs can be challenging. I've been able to play Hatvikah for a very long time, but that was all about technique. It was only recently that I found out how much interpretation and such lives inside of me, but as of yet, I can't use it unless a much more skilled musician is playing along. Thank God I have a roommate who lives the guitar. I think having people accompany you can be very useful. It will allow you to use their interpretation to create something cool. Especially for beginners like me, that is very useful. Those people can also correct you when you're making mistakes of which you're not aware.
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lostandfrowned
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Joined: July 16th, 2010, 4:09 pm

October 6th, 2010, 2:18 pm #14

i thought this was helpful!

though sometimes i just play things for the fun of it

sometimes i just dont even really play at all i just play along with songs that i hear and try to mimic them XD
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i am requesting a few things right now
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Resonance- SOUL EATER OPENING
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THROUGH THE FIRE AND FLAMES
http://theocarinanetwork.com/topic/6849115/
YASASHII YOAKE - .HACK ENDING
http://theocarinanetwork.com/topic/6848132/
MELTDOWN-PIANO VERSION RIN KAGAMINE
http://theocarinanetwork.com/topic/7102740/
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Vermin
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Joined: September 7th, 2008, 11:00 am

October 6th, 2010, 10:22 pm #15

That's an extremely great thing to do. It will help you develop a better musical hearing, which in turn might help you keeping your oc in tune.
The only way to become good is to become the best. -Me =D



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atkeane
Triple Ocarinist
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Joined: March 24th, 2009, 9:31 pm

November 11th, 2010, 8:48 pm #16

Not to cause harm by posting to an old topic, but given its recent inclusion on Facebook by Songbird, I have an addition I feel might help.

I also find a metronome to be a nice thing to work with. For me, it's mostly to keep myself from going instantly to full tempo. In my head I have an idea of how fast a song should be, an idea of when I should be doing what. Of course, when first learning a song, we often can't instantly play every bit of it at full tempo. A metronome provides me with an external time, which forces me to be mindful of how fast I play. Most of my frustration from playing new songs comes from trying to up the tempo too fast, and stumbling over phrases. Using a metronome makes me remember to slow it all down, and then I can gradually bring it up to speed as my fingers/lungs grow used to the transitions between the notes in the different passages.

That being said, the sound of a metronome can be rather distracting sometimes, especially the digital ones, where they use a tone to keep the time. If the tone it plays is disharmonic from the music, I can occasionally mess up while I try to figure out why a note was "wrong"
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Clayz Traditional Ocarina (Tenor F)
STL/TNG Enigma Alto C
Hind Walnut Alto Bb
Focalink Triple AC
Maparam Double AC
Focalink Plastic SC
Drednaught Style Steel String Acoustic
Concert Flute
Didgeridoo
Redwood Bagpipe Practice Chanter
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DryUrTears
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Joined: February 15th, 2009, 10:48 pm

November 12th, 2010, 6:01 pm #17

a metronome confuses me
ocarina's i own:
:ocarina: 12 hole Focalink soprano C
:double: Focalink Double Alto C
:double: Focalink Double Soprano G


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Juzam Djinn
Transverse Ocarinist x 5
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Joined: May 15th, 2010, 8:50 am

February 13th, 2011, 12:38 am #18

I would try playing with a metronome with verious instruments. I really don't know if it helped or not, it was always just kindof...there.
Maybe it's from years of playing as part of the rhythm section (bass/tuba).

When I learn songs without written music/by ear, I often whistle the song. Then play a few measures, whistle play a few more measures. Works pretty fast for me.

Krešimir Cindriæ , Your practice guide looks like a usefull list of tips for new players.
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Krešimir Cindrić
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Joined: May 14th, 2009, 1:31 pm

March 2nd, 2011, 1:13 am #19

UPDATE: I have decided to re-post from other posts a selection of tips, just to keep things neatly in one place.

Hopefully I will add more stuff in the future. Thanks for all the nice feedback. :D
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Zero Tolerance
Triple Ocarinist x 5
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Joined: March 1st, 2011, 4:39 pm

March 2nd, 2011, 5:17 pm #20

Very helpful indeed but sadly I'm kind of a "Play-by-ear/just-go-with-it" kind of player.

I can't read real sheet music (Can read number tabs very well though) so I had to learn to do things a little different but I totally understand the concepts of "Comfort zone", "Short Sessions" and "Rough-Patch Repeat"

Either way. An all around solid topic. 2 thumbs up. ^-^
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Ocarinas I have.
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Songbird Dragon Tooth
Songbird Muse :muse:
Focalink Sonoro in black
Hans Rotter ZFan
Focalink Allegreo in White crackle
Tenrai pendant in Monsoon seas :pendant:
New Vista pendant in red and white :pendant:
Ocarinas I'm thinking of selling
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Songbird Double Harmony
Hylian shield pendant in G
2 Tea-carinas
Ocarinas I want.
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Noble Bass C in black :nobleblack:
Something from Hamlett
Something from Casper
A good Focalink Alto C pendant to replace my New Vista :pendant:
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