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Ocarinas are clay flutes that have been made for over 30,000 years and have been found in every culture that made pottery. They have regained popularity in connection with the Nintendo game "Legend of Zelda", especially in the "Ocarina of Time". They are also called sweet potatoes.
Leo and I make our ocarinas by hand, in many designs and either stain them with a cobalt blue wash (unglazed), or glaze tthem in a variety of colors to compliment the various designs etched into the clay surface. Each ocarina has four graduated holes on top and a fifth on the bottom to extend it's musical range. We tune it to an octave (eight notes) with a ninth note created using the bottom hole.
They come with a song book that has twenty eight songs that can be played by following the easy instructions in the book. The music comes easily by blowing into a whistle style mouthpiece. The fingering for each note is shown as black dots (fingers covering the hole) and white dots (open holes). Children seven years and older understand the concept quickly. Younger children play the instrument easily, making up their own songs until they are old enough to follow the notations in the song book.
We make four sizes, varying from about one inch in diameter for the small Soprano (the highest, lightest tones) and increasing in size to about four inches in diameter for the large Baritone (the deepest voice).
The songbook that is included in the price has easy instructions for 28 songs. Also included is a satin cord which is tied to the ocarina so it can be hung around the neck for carrying. This can make it a charming necklace and conversation piece. There are 5 additional song books which can be purchased at a small additional cost. We also offer a CD with 14 original "songs" written for the ocarina by Shalimar and played by him. See the order form for prices.
Leo and Jackie Brissette * 412 Geneva St. * Ithaca, NY 14850
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