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Treblemaker
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« on: August 31, 2012, 05:09:36 pm »

Hi everyone,
I recently purchased a Hardwood C MO. One of the things I have noticed, is my high D is not as clear as I would like. It has a rasp to it. I've tried changing the angle I hold the MO,  changing the amount of air I use, I'm relaxing and opening the back of my throat (like I do in singing)- But nothing is working. Does anyone have any suggestions?


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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2012, 09:06:46 pm »

Make sure the windway is ABSOLUTELY clear and clean, also that there's no errent little scrap of packaging lurking within the instrument. A quick rinse under the tap and shake dry might help. My experience suggests that Mountain Ocarinas (though it's probably true of all ocarinas) are particularly sensitive to the slightest anomoly, especially at the higher end of their musical range.

Good luck Smiley


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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2012, 12:30:36 am »

Thanks for the advise, Kypfer! I did wash it,  I think the problem is probably me.   LOL


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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2012, 02:10:33 am »

I've found the same thing with both of my C's - I have a warmstone and a poly and both are raspy on the high D and E.  I don't notice anything like it on either of my G's.  It doesn't seem to have anything to do with the cleanliness of the windway.  I was wondering if it was just my initial poly C but I have another poly C and the warmstone now and all three are a bit raspy.  I do seem to notice it more or less at different times.  I'm wondering if I need to work on some sustained notes and see if varying my breath makes much of a difference.


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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2012, 12:18:57 pm »

Sounds like insufficient breath pressure. You need to find the amount of breath pressure that gets you a clean sound without making the pitch go sharp.


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Treblemaker
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2012, 08:04:39 pm »

Sounds like insufficient breath pressure. You need to find the amount of breath pressure that gets you a clean sound without making the pitch go sharp.

Thanks Ubizmo,
I know my problem lies with me- LOL
I'm still perfecting the ability to blow hard enough without over blowing. Also the ability to sustain my breath
evenly is still evading me! Especially when working on my vibrato. (sigh)


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