The Acute Bend

kissing
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February 5th, 2008, 2:02 am #1

The Acute Bend is a rather simple technique for making the high notes clearer on 12-hole ocarinas.
Particularly for the Alto C ocarina and its three highest notes (D, E, F).



Instructions:

Normally when you play the ocarina, you usually maintain your posture and hand position.

However, when making the high D, E, F tones on the Alto C ocarina, while the ocarina mouthpiece is in your mouth, bend forward a bit as though you're bowing to someone and pull the ocarina towards your chest. The ocarina should become 'upright' and horizontal to the ground.

In this position, keep the ocarina at about 10cm distance from the chest. You should get a very clean, pure sound on your high D, E, F notes if you do this right. Even when you breathe strongly in this position, the ocarina will still sound clean.

This technique is generally used for Alto C ("Tenor") ocarinas.
The reason for this has to do with the characteristics of Frequency. It has to do with the frequency between 1000Hz - 1500Hz and the air pressure inside the ocarina. When the air coming out of the sound hole touches your chest, it will increase the interior air pressure enabling the ocarina to vibrate well giving a clean, resonant tone.



revised November 2008
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Last edited by kissing on October 12th, 2012, 1:44 pm, edited 5 times in total.
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stevtomato
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February 5th, 2008, 2:43 am #2

Isn't it a bit awkward having to bend down once in a while every time we hit high notes? I feel awkward, lol.

But the tone created is so beautiful and not airy!
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Nonayourbeeswax
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April 26th, 2008, 3:06 am #3

This technique works great.
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April 26th, 2008, 7:54 am #4

ya i have tried. It works great :)
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April 26th, 2008, 4:47 pm #5

Here, Docjazz has a video of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDNR_IGWODE

This technique doesnt really works on my fabio menaglio :ocarina: ;s, but maybe i'm doing it wrong...

My Focalink :ocarina: dont need it, they already sound good!...
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Myung
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April 26th, 2008, 4:54 pm #6

witemp wrote: This technique doesnt really works on my fabio menaglio :ocarina: ;s, but maybe i'm doing it wrong...

My Focalink :ocarina: dont need it, they already sound good!...
Are they all Alto C's then?

Because this technique is only necessary for Alto C ocarinas
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April 26th, 2008, 5:18 pm #7

Well, i dont know what type they are, but my Do3 needs it the most. My Sol2 doesnt need it very much... I only know the names that are on it, but not the types or tuning... Sorry...
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kissing
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April 26th, 2008, 5:26 pm #8

witemp wrote: Well, i dont know what type they are, but my Do3 needs it the most. My Sol2 doesnt need it very much... I only know the names that are on it, but not the types or tuning... Sorry...
The Do3 should be the equivalent of Alto C.

According to my table anyway:


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Deckman
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August 25th, 2008, 1:55 am #9

some alto c ocarinas sound airy on high notes regardless of whether you use an acute bend. i've heard a few menaglio ocarinas, so it wouldn't surprise me if that was the case.
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RCspeedemon
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December 21st, 2008, 6:23 pm #10

ha that works great on my alto. lately i have been having problems with the high notes sounding airy with some of the songs i have been working on. thanks a bunch kissing!
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