iPhone Real Musical App, the Ocarina

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The ocarina is an ancient family of instrument (believed to date some 12,000 years), and one of the easiest instruments to learn. The Smule Ocarina both preserves this instrument and extends/transforms it for your iPhone. Blow into the phone/instrument. Control pitch with different fingerings. Learn to play countless melodies. Find out more about the history of the ocarina at Wikipedia

Caring for your Ocarina

  • For best results, make sure your iPhone screen is clean. If you can see a build-up of smudges, clean the iPhone screen gently to improve performance. Take care of your Ocarina, and it will take good care of you!

Holding your Ocarina

  • Rest the iPhone on your ring fingers and thumbs with the headphone jack facing away from you. Use your index and middle fingers to cover the four holes.
  • To play the highest note, you will need uncover all four holes, but don't drop the iPhone! It may take some time to learn how to balance it, so be patient and remember to play over a cushioned surface.

Creating sound

  • In order to play your Ocarina, you will need to blow into the microphone (you will see a small gold arrow where to blow). The mic is sensitive, so try not to blow very hard (if you are puffing your cheeks, you are blowing too hard).
  • For best results, blow softly, as if you're blowing kisses.
  • To make a clear separation between the notes, say the word "tu" or "du". This technique is called "tonguing".

Playing your Ocarina

  • Although the ocarina is a very simple instrument to learn, don't expect to be an ocarina virtuoso after five minutes. Start slow, Take your time learning the instrument, and have fun!
  • It's cliché, but true: practice makes perfect (or at least something close to it).
  • What's great about the iPhone Ocarina is that you can play it anywhere! If you are afraid that the sound may bother people around you, just lower the volume or pop in some earbuds.
  • Sometimes it's encouraging to hear what other people are playing. Check out the world map to listen to other people practicing.
  • To change the timbre of your Ocarina and add vibrato to the tone, try tilting the Ocarina down, as if bowing to someone.

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