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stealthheartocarina_z
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July 15th, 2015, 5:40 am #1

Which sheet music is best for the ocarina? (12 hole alto c)
Ex: piano, flute...
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Amerred
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July 15th, 2015, 2:16 pm #2

You can really choose any instrument you want (though if you're playing with others you'd need an instrument that matches they key of the ocarina so as to avoid transposing; that is, a flute, piano, violin, oboe). The thing that should make the decision is the RANGE of the song. For a 12-hole, the song can't go below the A below the staff or above the F at the top of the staff. If it does, you can bring it up/down an octave respectively, but to play the song exactly how it's written you need a song that fits the ocarina. So the issue isn't "what instrument?", it's "will it fit the range?" (this becomes less of a problem for multichambers, of course).
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simsimian
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July 15th, 2015, 3:09 pm #3

the site Free Notes
http://www.free-notes.net/cgi-bin/noten ... en&db=Main
allows you to select a range and then shows you the songs in their collection that fit within that range.
I usually select the "guitar with sharps and flats" and then restrict from B to F (because my low A is too weak).
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Robert Hickman
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July 15th, 2015, 4:31 pm #4

The thing that you need to pay attention to is the relative range, not the absolute range. To explain further the ocarina has a playing range of an octave and a fourth (plus a semitone on the bottom*), This can be between the C below the staff to the top line F (in C major). However it can also be between the first line G and the C two ledger lines above (G ocarina). Or from the D below the staff to the G above (D ocarina).

https://pureocarinas.com/playing-techni ... e-ocarina/

All of these can be playable, but you would have to transpose them to fit. This makes a lot more sense once you understand scales. Transposing 'at sight' is easy enough if you think of the ocarina as being in a given key, i.e. playing something in G 'as if' you where playing on a G ocarina. Reading by interval is also useful.

*The low note is best considered an extension, You wouldn’t really want to end on it as it's typically rather muddy sounding. Also I wouldn’t bother at all with the low A, as it's really weak and unstable.
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July 23rd, 2015, 1:52 pm #5

I think the OP has the same question I have, in that we're asking which instrument's sheet music can we use straight off the bat without having to transpose or fiddle around with anything?
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Amerred
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July 23rd, 2015, 3:32 pm #6

Any instrument, as long as the range of that particular piece fits. If you're playing with a group, you'll need an instrument that matches your ocarina's key, so if you have an alto/soprano C you'd want music for oboe, violin, flute, or piano. (edit:) or voice
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:ocarina: 6th St. SF
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:ocarina: DBO Labyrinth AC
:budrio: Arrigo Mignani AC
:triple: ICO Triple BC
:ocarina: STL Purple Clay SC
:oldoc: Hopf SG
:inline: DPP Amber Relic AC
:double: ICO Double SF
:oldoc: EWA SC
:oldoc: Fiehn SG
:oldoc: Fiehn AG#
:oldoc: Waterbury AC
:oldoc: Fiehn ABb
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:ocarina: DBO SBb
:oldoc: EWA SF
:pendant: Tenrai SA
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:ocarina: Night Provence AF
:oldoc: Hopf AC x 3 (Various models)
:triple: Solist Triple AC
:ocarina: Dinda SC
:ocarina: DBO Abstract AA
:double: Aketa Double AC
:oldoc: Gretsch SC
:ocarina: STL Santa Monica AC
:pendant: Missouri Mystery SD
:pendant: Missouri Mystery SB
:ocarina: Songbird Strawfire SG
:budrio: Emilio Cesari SF
:ocarina: DBO AC
:oldoc: Fiehn SE
:oldoc: Bondi SF
:ocarina: Mysterious Old Glory-like TF
:noblered: Noble Plastic AC
:ocarina: DBO SE
:pendant: STL MaxRange Double Pendant
:focalinksoprano: Focalink Plastic SC
:pendant: Arlene Hayward SEb
:oldoc: (Aketa) Prima Maestro AC
:budrio: Mezzetti SC
:oldoc: Mathieu AD
:ocarina: DBO AD(b)
:ocarina: DBO SA
:ocarina: Osawa i Plastic AC
:oldoc: Fiehn TEb (1877 stamp)
:budrio: Menaglio SC
:triple: Dinda Triple AC
:inline: Hind TF
:oldoc: Old Glory AC
:oldoc: Ideal (aka Missnia/Freyer) SF
:ocarina: Woodsound Plastic AC
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:oldoc: Mezzetti SE
:double: ICO Double AC
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Jack Campin
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July 23rd, 2015, 5:02 pm #7

wrote:Any instrument, as long as the range of that particular piece fits
In general yes - but there are a few instruments with narrower range than an ocarina, and for them you can guarantee that everything in that instrument's repertoire will work. The entire repertoire of the Highland bagpipe can be played at pitch on an ocarina in G. Ditto with the Armenian duduk (usually music for that is written an octave down).
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July 23rd, 2015, 8:02 pm #8

When I want to play a piece of music, I scan it to see how many sharps or flats it has in the key signature. If it has more than 3, I put the music aside. :)

Then I look to see what the highest and lowest notes are in the music. If it goes above the top line on the staff, I know it'll be out of range of an ocarina in C. If it goes below C4, I check to see if it forces you to play the subhole notes, A3 and B3 a lot. I don't like music that uses the subhole notes frequently because it's hard for me to play them consistently and achieve a good sound.
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stealthheartocarina_z
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August 2nd, 2015, 1:41 am #9

there's another issue

my ocarina is lower than it should be. my friend has an ocarina the same as mine but his notes are higher. does that have anything to do with how to the ocarina was made, or...

and please don't say "because it's cheap."
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Jack Campin
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August 2nd, 2015, 9:23 pm #10

What pitch do you get when blowing normally with all left hand holes
covered (except any subhole)? Should be G with a C ocarina. If it isn't, either you are blowing at the wrong pressure or you have been sold a mistuned instrument.
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