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Trouble with Hind jr pendant or just me?
Topic Started: 1 Feb 2017, 12:13 AM (298 Views)
Kae
Transverse Ocarinist x 3
So I recently acquired a Hind jr pendant but I am having problems with the high C and D and half the time the B doesn't want to play either. I'm not sure what I am doing wrong but when I play a scale the C plays flat and the D plays Db, and barely before it starts cutting off. It doesn't really squeak it just doesn't play the note. You can hear the air but the note just doesn't come out. I also noticed when playing that I have to use significantly more breath to play the low E in tune compared to the D or F. When I try playing a tune or something I can't even hit the high C when coming from a lower note. It plays a B or it plays nothing and I don't think I'm breathing too hard or playing too fast. I actually practiced just going from a lower note to the high C, and it just doesn't.
I know Hind generally makes great ocarinas and I have seen videos of the jr pendant sounding really good throughout the entire scale. I have never played on a wood ocarina before so I don't know if maybe I am just doing something wrong?
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gytech
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The opinionated quiet guy.

Breath pressure is a major thing while playing an Ocarina. If you blow too hard or too soft while playing, it can cause the notes to become sharp or flat.

With Hind Ocarinas, there is little to no breath increase while going up the scale, so it could very well be that you're blowing too hard into the Ocarina. Try playing it at the same breath level as you go up the scale and see if it works. If not, I'm sure Mr. Hind would replace your Ocarina or give you a refund.

I hope this helps!
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Kae
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Since I made the post I have spent some time in front of a tuner playing each note increasing and decreasing and keeping the breath. The low C and D do just fine, E requires significantly more breath than D to play but is otherwise fine, F takes a hair less breath than E and does fine, G and A are fine.
Sometimes B, C and D don't play at all no matter how hard or soft the air is (if B won't play, the others won't play). Otherwise, B is usually fine. C is always playing on the flat side but is still a C if I breath hard enough. Otherwise it plays B perfectly. D plays a Db/C#. A C if the breath is softer (at that point there is almost no air) and nothing if any stronger.
I would think that it is the temperature but the ocarina hasn't been anywhere cold and I would think it would get better with play?
Thank you for your input. I wanted to get some opinions and suggestions to try before bothering Mr Hind with a problem that might not even be a problem.
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Achint
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Fat Mouse >^_^<

Check for condensation as well. Over time condensation from breath builds up in the windway and the ocarina loses clarity in the notes. Just suck in the condensation sharply or blow it out, whichever you prefer. (Cover the labium if youre gonna blow it out) and try again.
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Kae
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The notes sound nice and clear. My problems start from the moment I pick up the ocarina. It doesn't gradually happen. One minute it may play the note and the next it may not. Or it might not play the note and the next it is fine. I tried checking for condensation too just to rule it out and came up with nothing.
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Greylag
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Is it maybe temperature changes where you live?
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Kitten Forest
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I have the same kind of problem with my double inline. Sometimes it works great, other times it stops making sound for higher notes after a few minutes. Temperature can make a difference especially if it's too cold, but I don't know what else would help.
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Kae
Transverse Ocarinist x 3
It has been somewhat nice where I am and the problems still happen randomly. It might still just be the temperature or me but I tried practicing and have made no improvements. I have been having a problem with the low C and D lately as well. It sounds nice when it works but at this point I have resigned myself to not being able to play it when I want. xP
Thank you for all your comments.
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pandorado100
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Humidity may be the culprit. I have a few wooden ocarinas that give me problems whenever I play them when it's damp or rainy outside.
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