Learn ocarina – Mouthpieces

What is a mouthpiece? In the ocarina the mouthpiece is the part that you blow into. It is also responsible for the sound creation, together with the sounding hole which is usually at the end of it on the lower side of the ocarina.

ocarina mouthpiece hole

To produce a sound the air passes trough the mouthpiece and circulates into the hollow body.
There are different types of mouthpieces, on transverse ocarine they can be long or short, inclined or not. On pendant ocarine usually the mouthpiece is very short, this contribute in the compactness and portability of the musical instrument.
pendant ocarina mouthpiece
If you look inside the mouthpiece you will notice a tiny dark hole, divided in two. Half is dark and half is not, like in the top image.
This is where the air is split in two and it's called the labium.
The longer the mouthpiece is, the best is for the sound stability (but also your breath will play a role in this).

The ocarina can have from 1 up to 5 mouthpieces each one connected to a chamber of the ocarina.

ocarina mouthpiece of a quatruple

These are called multychambered ocarine (not multymouthpiced) because inside they are divided by a wall, creating these different chambers.
Every chamber of the ocarina is completely sealed and it doesn't communicate with the next chamber.
chambers-1

(I know it's a horrible vision, but it's required to understand the inside of the ocarina...)
It is like if you take many inline ocarine and glue them together.

Now that you know what is the mouthpiece and how it works, it's time to talk about the sounding hole by going at the Learn Ocarina – Sounding holes tutorial.
Or else if you want you can go back at the Learn Ocarina – Guide List to chose a different article.
If you think you should take a step forward and start learning sheet music, you can do it by viewing the Learn sheet music –  guide list and start reading from the third article (the first and second article explain you the range of the ocarina.You'll not particularly need to read them since you'll have already learned it during your studies on the learn ocarina tutorial).

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Mickji

Make ocarine since 2010. Play the ocarina and record videos since 2011. Do exhibitions since 2012 ... And teach you since 2013, no I'm kidding. Do you want to take a step forward tabs? Learn today how to read sheet music ! http://mickji.altervista.org/learn-sheet-music-guide-list/

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