Ocarina wind instrument-Ocarina instrumento de viento

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Ocarina: Wind instrument with a round shape made of terracotta, which can be decorated and painted in multiple ways.

The ocarina is yet another Andean wind instrument of pre-millenerian origin. Its sound is melancholic, wailful and might even be described as painful. Since times lost to human memory, ocarinas have been made of a number of materials: a variety of fired clay-like muds, stone, wood and large seeds. In addition to being used for musical tuning, ocarinas were made to imitate animal sounds, especially bird voices.

The ocarina is a globular flute, with or without a mouthpiece (to channel air inflow), such that sound is extremely easy to produce. In the Andean world, this instrument can be found in many varieties and with a multitude of decorations. Some have eight finger-holes in the upper part (four for the fingers of each hand) and two in the lower part (one for each thumb).

The European ocarina (known as the sweet potato) was developed in the nineteenth century in Italy and Austria. It became quite popular in many countries, including the United States. Its invention is attributed to Giuseppe Donati, around 1860.

Ocarina: instrumento de viento con una forma redonda de cerámica de terracota, que puede ser decorada y pintada de múltiples maneras.

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La ocarina es otro instrumento de viento Andino de origen pre-milenario. Su sonido es melancólico, triste, quejumbroso y hasta podría describirse como doloroso. Desde tiempos perdidos  en la memoria humana, ocarinas se han hecho de varios materiales  como: una variedad de barros arcillosos, piedra, madera y semillas grandes. Además de ser utilizado para la afinación musical, las ocarinas se hicieron para imitar sonidos de animales, especialmente voces de aves.  La ocarina es una flauta globular, con o sin una boquilla (a la afluencia de aire canal), tal que es extremadamente fácil de producir. En el mundo andino, este instrumento puede encontrarse en muchas variedades y con multitud de decoraciones. Algunos tienen agujeros de ocho dedos en la parte superior (cuatro para los dedos de cada mano) y dos en la parte inferior (uno por cada dedo).  La ocarina Europea (conocida como la patata dulce (camote) se desarrolló en el siglo XIX en Italia…

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These two videos from youtube show you how to play an ocarina

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nL4gphhoGrY