Happy Holidays from Smule!
Just in time for the Holidays, we at Smule are happy to be able to offer the great members of our community a token of our appreciation: the Smule Holiday Songbook, a collection of holiday melodies bundled together with helpful Ocarina and Music Theory lessons to get your musical juices flowing.
It wouldn't be a gift if it wasn't free so... it is!
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 or iPod touch. Blow into the phone/instrument. Control pitch with different fingerings. Learn to play countless melodies.
Caring for your Ocarina
Holding your Ocarina
Playing your Ocarina
Now featuring "touch mode"
Because we feel that Ocarina is a very evocative and engaging instrument for performers of all levels, we want to make sure that everyone can join in the fun. We're posting a whole bunch of scores to help you learn and enjoy Ocarina. These scores use an easy-to-follow system that requires no past musical training.
Each score is presented using a simple 4-hole diagram, where the filled-in blue hole means you should press and hold your finger on that hole while you blow. There are 16 possible different finger-combinations available for you to play within each mode, and we display them in our scores like this:
For iPod Touch users, when playing Ocarina in "touch mode", to replicate the note created when all holes are uncovered please press the yellow button, which is notated in Ocarina scores using a yellow circle:
To get you started here are a few classic melodies with which you can whet your virtual whistle:
You can choose to tune your Ocarina using 8 sets of pitches called modes. These modes can be thought of as patterns of notes, similar to scales, which are based on a starting pitch called the root. The mode consists of certain notes from a musical scale above and below the root.
For complete sets of scales detailing the notes available in each mode in Ocarina starting on each root pitch, including the associated fingering diagram number, see these detailed modal scale .pdfs:
And some instant classics created by users just like you using the Ocarina Composer.