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OcTalk! Episodes (2015); New video tutorials and music theory
Topic Started: 6 Jan 2015, 11:58 PM (5,105 Views)
DavidRamos
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Hi everyone! I recently decided to restart my YouTube series "OcTalk!", so I'll try to list episodes as they become available (although subscribing to my channel might be easier :D ). New episodes every Tuesday!


~ Episode guide ~
Intro to Double and Triple Ocarinas: http://bit.ly/octalk-doubles-triples
Classifying Ocarinas (Explanation of systems using, Do1, Sol2; Alto C, Bass G, etc): http://bit.ly/ocarina-classifications
How to Play Majora's Mask songs on Ocarina: http://bit.ly/majora-songs
How to play sharps and flats on transverse ocarinas: http://bit.ly/octalk-sharps-flats
Song Tutorial - Stone Tower Temple: http://bit.ly/octalk-stone-tower

~ How to Play Ocarina (transverse tutorial series) ~
Introduction: http://bit.ly/htpo-intro
Part 1 - Ocarina Basics: http://bit.ly/HtPO-Pt1
Part 2 - Music theory basics: http://bit.ly/HtPO-Pt2
Part 3 - First Five Pitches (C-G): http://bit.ly/HtPO-Pt3
Part 4 - The A note, repeats, and right support fingers: http://bit.ly/HtPO-Pt4
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If you are enjoying the series and would like to make the most of each episode, now you can help support the show with Patreon! Patreon is a crowdfunding platform that allows you to give small donations for ongoing projects, such as OcTalk. And depending on your reward tier, you can get some new learning materials with each episode. For more info, watch the video below or check out my profile! http://patreon.com/docjazz4

Edited by DavidRamos, 18 Mar 2015, 09:22 PM.
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Rughead
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cheap cracked plastic pendant Ocarinist x 3
I give it *****. :)
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PappyBadger
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Keeper of Song & Time
Yes, yes, yes!
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OcarinaDude1
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YAY! I hoped one day you would continue it. and glad you stuck with the name too.
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grayzkule
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Inline Ocarinist
The new one on double and triples is really interesting. I need tips for not accidentally blowing onto the wrong chambers when playing the middle chamber
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Bateleur
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Meh.

Awesome explanation on doubles & triples! I can't wait to be lazy and make a link to that video instead of having to explain it from now on, lol.
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Yoshi
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why was there no octalk theme song :(
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Jubal
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Nice! I look forward to seeing more.

I think a cool topic for an OcTalk would be to shed some more light on the ocarina's history, including the Italian heritage and various Budrio makers and their accomplishments. It'd be really neat for people that don't know about the ocarina's history to see where it all began and see the development that went into this simple little instrument. I feel like it would broaden people's horizons and could help a lot of people that can't see past Zelda do just that. (Nothing wrong with Zelda though!)
Edited by Jubal, 7 Jan 2015, 10:01 AM.
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pandorado100
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I found the explanation of how to play the F# on a double three different ways very helpful. I didn't know about the XX0X fingering. I usually uncover the split hole on my ring finger to get the F#. My Casper quad however has the split hole on the middle finger of the second chamber so if I want to play F# I have to play the Gb by covering up the second hole. If that makes any sense. :)
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Schlumpf
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Thank you David, I love your videos ♥
Edited by Schlumpf, 7 Jan 2015, 03:41 PM.
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Gabbb
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Thanks for the effort you put in sharing your knowledge :D
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Læty
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Tender melody

Very nice.

8-)

Thank you!

Edited by Læty, 8 Jan 2015, 01:43 PM.
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DavidRamos
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It's Tuesday, which means a new OcTalk! In today's video, I review the ocarina's classification systems. There has always been much talk, confusion, and debate on this topic, but I hope it makes things a little clearer for beginning ocarinists.

Enjoy! http://bit.ly/ocarina-classifications

EDIT: I had also included this in my description, but I would also like to thank the following people for helping me research each of the systems to provide the most accurate descriptions of each possible: David and Christa Liggins, Krešimir Cindrić, Claudio Cedroni, Johann Rotter, Fabio Galliani, Kuolong Pan, and Jinook Kim. And thanks to Mark Chan for the emotional support...this all proved rather stressful, lol.
Edited by DavidRamos, 14 Jan 2015, 03:14 AM.
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Zero Tolerance
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For goodness sake, get a little rest! :noes:

As always, very insightful and ever enjoyable! Keep up the good work.

Have you considered doing an Octalk about the different types of ocarinas in regards to actual make (like how Italian Oc's have that bump on the left side. ect. ) :?
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dandy420
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I really love your videos, you are very good at explaining things for a newbie like me. Keep up the great work! :3
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Læty
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Tender melody

Very nice to have added humor, now it is perfect! :)

Or almost. Maybe a better image quality?

*Picky* :evillaugh:

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granola
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Thanks so much - ocarina pitch-name systems have always confused me (I only know the orchestral/piano notation with A4=440Hz etc.) Now it's all becoming clear (..er :) )

A second vote here for an explanation of the different ocarina shapes/designs, please. Why do Italian and Asian models look so different? Does a rounder shape mean less stable note pitching? (Experience with pendants says 'yes'). What about something with sharp corners, like the Mountain OCs?
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DavidRamos
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This week's episode is for all the beginners and Zelda fans out there! A lot of people have been asking me to release a new "How to play" video, so I thought I'd tackle one of my favorite Zelda games, especially with all excitement for Majora's Mask 3D! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85rC5-w0uaU

I also had some major problems with my computer this week, which is not letting me export videos properly, so the image quality has dropped a bit, which already wasn't the best to begin with due to my old camera :(
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Zero Tolerance
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Tamer of beasts, Anything on Ocarina-ist and TON Secret Santa Organizer!
Whee! Awesome work as always! :fly:
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E123Timay
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Good job! Perfect for any zelda fan out there :D
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Læty
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A second vote here for an explanation of the different ocarina shapes/designs, please. Why do Italian and Asian models look so different? Does a rounder shape mean less stable note pitching? (Experience with pendants says 'yes'). What about something with sharp corners, like the Mountain OCs?

I agree with that subject! I have already created a TON's thread about that, and everybody seem to have a different point of view. That is why it seems to be an interesting subject!

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I also had some major problems with my computer this week, which is not letting me export videos properly, so the image quality has dropped a bit, which already wasn't the best to begin with due to my old camera :(

A better image quality would be nice, but the content of your OcTalk! videos is so interesting that I am sure that most of people are so concentrated on it that they do not even realize/care about that ;)

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New episode: How to play Sharps and Flats on ocarina! http://bit.ly/octalk-sharps-flats

I'm really happy that so many people are enjoying the show, but it's taking a lot more time to produce each episode than I originally though it would. So, if you'd like to help the show keep going, I just opened up a new Patreon page! Please check it out to see how you can help and get some awesome rewards in return :D http://patreon.com/docjazz4
Edited by DavidRamos, 4 Feb 2015, 07:45 AM.
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pandorado100
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Hey David, thank you for showcasing alternative fingerings for the accidentals. Sometimes I pick up on them from watching your videos but it's nice to have you demonstrate them one by one slowly so I can easily see which fingers you are using.

I found one myself by accident <ha!> that I like to use instead of the regular one for high Eb. I cover the right thumbhole and lift off the left pinky. I think it is easier to use than lifting off both thumbs and putting the right ring finger down. I checked both against my Korg digital tuner and they seem equivalent.
Edited by pandorado100, 4 Feb 2015, 03:24 PM.
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AndrewSchrader
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The new video is great! Ive always just kinda muddled along when Ive had to play in odd keys until I just found fingerings that make sense. This streamlines things a lot.

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Bateleur
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Meh.

Strange, for low Eb I thought that " XXOX " was the traditional, instead of " XOXO ". I agree that XOXO is an easier fingering though I can't get it in tune as often as XXOX.
Edited by Bateleur, 4 Feb 2015, 06:56 PM.
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pandorado100
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I learned the XXOX fingering for Eb from Cris. She taught me it when I complained about not being able to play an Eb on my Zin button ocarina because it doesn't have any subholes. I like the XOXO fingering. It is much easier like you said Bat. I can play it fairly in tune. It comes out about 10 to 20 cents sharp according to my Korg tuner but I can get the needle right in the center if I adjust my breath.
Edited by pandorado100, 5 Feb 2015, 01:03 AM.
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DavidRamos
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Argh. You're right Bat. Just watched the video again, and turns out the clips got mixed up :( oh well...at least they're both in there XD
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It's ok, David. Just say it's not the final version and post the corrected one. :rofl:
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DavidRamos
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New episode: In honor of the Majora's Mask re-release, an extended tutorial for Stone Tower Temple! http://bit.ly/octalk-stone-tower
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Just announced today that I'm starting a new 15-part OcTalk series called "How to Play Ocarina". It will focus on transverse ocarinas, teaching you everything you need to know from finger placement, good posture, and sounding the notes, to memorizing all the pitches your ocarina can play and the corresponding placement on the music staff.

If you haven't had a chance to memorize your ocarina pitches or learn to read music, I highly recommend this series! Watch the introduction here: http://bit.ly/htpo-intro

P.S. - Thank you to everyone who is supporting this series via Patreon. You're making these lessons possible for thousands of new ocarinists around the world and every Patron will also receive additional learning materials for each video! http://patreon.com/docjazz4
Edited by DavidRamos, 18 Feb 2015, 12:24 AM.
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E123Timay
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This..yes. I've been wanting to learn how to read sheet music and not rely on tabs hahaha, will make playing so much easier, thanks!
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Just posted Lesson 1 of my series on "how to play ocarina", including descriptions of the ocarina's anatomy, and basic techniques for getting starting: http://bit.ly/HtPO-Pt1
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Cela
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thank you! you're a great inspiration! :D
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zhon
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Thank you for all the effort and info, as a new player I find your videos really fun and instructive!
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DavidRamos
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It's Tuesday, which means a new OcTalk! This week's episode is a crash course on basic music theory: http://bit.ly/HtPO-Pt2

@Cela and Zhon - Thank you, glad they're helping you! :D
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DavidRamos
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In this week's episode, we're learning the first five pitches for 10 and 12 hole ocarinas! http://bit.ly/HtPO-Pt3

If you'd like to have the sheets and audio samples for this week's lesson, check out my Patreon page and also support the series! http://patreon.com/docjazz4
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Devdadou
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Great Lesson David!! Thank's for it ^^
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DavidRamos
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This week's episode of OcTalk covers the A note, repeat signs, and using your right support fingers!

Youtube Link: http://bit.ly/HtPO-Pt4
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DavidRamos
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Since I'm out of town for Anime Boston, I had to ask my friend to make this week's OcTalk for me. Please check it out and let him know how he did!

http://youtu.be/r70XUx8-5pc
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pandorado100
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Best ocarina video ever! I think you've found your successor, David. :D

Let me see now. Isn't today April 1?
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SewedCodeMode
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I am not ashamed to admit, I was fooled. haha.

Dat 32nd note portion, though. C:
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Bateleur
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Meh.

Lol, oh my god that was very frustrating to watch. :rofl:
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angiessa
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"Now, let's play that again, but let's take a breath during the whole notes so we don't pass out." LMAO!!
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Play what makes you happy. - Achint

Aye yai yai! That was painful! 😅
Edited by Ocarinadiva, 2 Apr 2015, 06:45 PM.
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Endalion
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Based on this new Octalk I conclude that the 12-hole ocarina is more versatile than 10-hole ocarina because there are more holes you can blow into.
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