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Learning to play the ocarina is easy!

Where to begin?

The ocarina is one of the easiest of all wind instruments to learn to play. In fact, getting a tone is as simple as blowing a whistle. Every instrument I make comes with a fingering chart that includes free songs and starts you out with a simple 'play by number' system that anyone can learn. In the Free Songs and Fingering Chart links on the right, you'll notice numbers over the lyrics that correspond to fingerings on the chart. Once you memorize the scale by numbers, it's easy to play the songs. Just add a little rhythm, and you'll be entertaining yourself in no time at all!

It is also a good idea to buy one or two of my songbooks because very quickly you'll be ready to progress to more advanced music. The songbooks use real musical notation as well as the simple numbering system you will have already learned. Once you have memorized a song playing by numbers, you will actually learn to read music by watching the notes as you play. The Ocarina Song Book starts you out with some simple folk songs and progresses to some difficult, but very cool marches like "Washing Post."

The great thing about learning the ocarina is that it is easy to play in the beginning but also provides you with a relaxing way to achieve a lifetime of musical enjoyment. When I was 10 years old I started out playing a little plastic flute-o-phone which is played just like the ocarina. Now, 46 years later I still enjoy improving my technique. Even though I am good enough to play practically anything I want, I always notice something I can do better...and I enjoy getting better. That's what life's all about. The discipline we learn from practicing and improving on a musical instrument will carry over into every aspect of our lives.

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