Saturday, January 12, 2013

Tallis Canon (for 6-hole ocarina)

Accompaniment  After the clicks, begin after six counts of introduction.

The Farmer in the Dell (for 6-hole ocarina)

Itsy Bitsy Spider (for 6-hole ocarina)

Sou Gan (for 6-hole ocarina)


Drunken Sailor (for 6-hole ocarina)

The lyrics for this tab are, "Way, hey and up she rises" repeated three times followed by "Ear-lye in the morning." I think originally the lyrics were "early" instead of "ear-lye", but Burl Ives changed it when he recorded it. Maybe . . .

The verse is "What shall we do with a Drunken Sailor?" repeated three times etc. Then, make up verse about way to punish the offending sailor: "Put him in the long boat 'til he's sober", etc. etc. etc. 

The Shire (for 6-hole Ocarina)

This is my ocarina tablature approximation of the Shire Theme by Howard Shore. Be sure to embellish!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Joy of Ocarina

I have taught hundreds of children and adults to play the recorder. My third graders up in Eureka, Utah always sounded "pretty dang good." However, I have been searching for an instrument that was similarly inexpensive and had a more pleasant (rounder) sound with a range more comparable to a comfortable singing range (C to C). The plastic tenor ocarina (I thought it was an alto, but was informed it is a tenor) from St. Louis ocarina meets my expectations.The price is $10 which is about twice the amount I used to shell out for high quality Yamaha recorders. Anyway, I'm happy to have arrived at this instrument and I enjoy playing it at the bus stop when it's not too cold out.