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Title: Celtic ornaments on Mountain Ocarinas: Part 6
Post by: Cliff on December 16, 2008, 11:29:57 pm
Please note: our goal in making these videos is to help you to enjoy your ocarina and to grow as a musician. Unfortunately, the production quality is rather poor. Please feel free to post questions and to offer any feedback or suggestions that might increase the helpfulness of future videos. With your input, and as time and resources permit, we hope to get better and better.



Link to video on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/2558313

Please reply to this thread to let us know what you think...


Title: Re: Celtic ornaments on Mountain Ocarinas: Part 6
Post by: Karl on December 17, 2008, 01:17:34 pm
I lent my mic to a friend and didn't re-set the audio correctly before making this video.  There is significant distortion on the ocarina.  Sorry!  I'll try to remake this one today.


Title: Re: Celtic ornaments on Mountain Ocarinas: Part 6
Post by: Danny on August 28, 2011, 01:50:31 am
Why doesnt anybody comment on these any more?


Title: Re: Celtic ornaments on Mountain Ocarinas: Part 6
Post by: redrocketteer on January 26, 2014, 11:28:44 pm
Wow with just some simple techniques you can really make the music spectacular. I hope you don't mind that I posted these video's on the new facebook Mountain Ocarina Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/mountainocarinas/


Title: Re: Celtic ornaments on Mountain Ocarinas: Part 6
Post by: ubizmo on February 19, 2014, 07:03:09 pm
I've done some limited playing in Irish trad sessions with MOs. It's limited because there aren't that many tunes that fit in the range of the MO, especially when played in the keys in which they will be played by the other musicians.

I recently discovered that "Condon's Frolics" works, played on the MO G, and that was fun.

The cuts and strikes/taps works very well on ocarinas, and it's often handy to use the thumb holes for cuts. The sound of these ornaments, especially cuts, is different on the ocarina, as compared to flute or whistle. The reason is this: when you cut on a flute or whistle, the brief cutting note has to be fairly close to the target note, or it won't work, and the cutting note doesn't get a chance to stabilize, so it's a bit lower in volume than the target note. The ocarina is actually more responsive in this way, so the cutting note can be very different in pitch from the target note and it'll still ring through very clearly.

This is either an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on how you look at it. Cuts are supposed to be instantaneous, more like percussion than actual "notes". The responsiveness of the ocarina means the player has to execute the cuts really fast, or they'll sound like notes rather than, well, cuts. Whistle and flute are a little more forgiving on this. On the other hand, on the ocarina you can cut with just about any tone hole, so you can often use the ones under your fastest fingers. For example, if you're cutting on G, a lot of people find that their left ring finger is slow. But you can use one of your other fingers to do it, or either thumb. You can use whatever works fastest.


Title: Re: Celtic ornaments on Mountain Ocarinas: Part 6
Post by: Auroch on May 15, 2014, 10:49:30 pm
Wow with just some simple techniques you can really make the music spectacular. I hope you don't mind that I posted these video's on the new facebook Mountain Ocarina Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/mountainocarinas/

Yes! You can really embellish any given piece by utilizing the method.