12 Hole Tenor Ocarina "Aria" (2 Colors Available)
Designed by the winner of STL's first Star Search Competition, Cris Gale, the Aria 12-hole tenor ocarina was designed to be beautiful, as well as ergonomic. It's long tapered shapes allows notes to transition from high to low with ease while the longer mouthpiece offers tone stability and a comfortable grasp.
The Aria ocarina measures 7.5 inches long and is made from quality ceramic. It's been accurately tuned in C Major with a pitch range of 13 notes. This exquisite instrument is available in black and green. While it was designed for techniques, a beginner can certainly start with the Aria and master its potential.
--- Designed by the winner of our first Star Search Competition, Cris Gale
--- 12-hole ceramic tenor ocarina
--- Tuned in C Major by professional musicians
--- Pitch range of 13 notes, fully chromatic
--- Available in black or green
--- Measures 7.5 inches long
--- Instructional booklet included
This is a really good standard 12-hole alto C ocarina. The best thing about it is ergonomics by far. The curvature and indentation through the midline give it a very natural feel when having to uncover most of the holes for playing the highest notes. The hole placement on this "Aria" feels most natural out of any 12-hole ocarina I have tried so far; however, this will depend on the person as I have midsized hands and longer, more slender fingers (I suspect my hands might be similarly sized and shaped to Cris Gale, the designer). I like how no acute bend is required (thought tonal quality improves if you do), and the breath curve is very natural (rising gently). The breath requirements for this ocarina are on the lower end, so it plays more softly than some other ocarinas I have from STL (this is neither positive nor negative, just depends on preference). I do think the overall timbre of this ocarina is slightly "breathy," which may suit some styles more than others. Lastly, I have noticed some squeaking when abruptly moving to high notes, though I am not sure if this is characteristic of all "Arias" or just mine, since there may be subtle differences even among ocarinas of the same model. I honestly really like this quality as I feel adds more possibilities for expression. In summary, I cannot recommend this ocarina enough, both for beginners and more seasoned players---I believe the "Aria" is of semi-professional to professional quality, so it has a really good price-to-quality ratio.W
12 Hole Tenor Ocarina "Aria" (2 Colors Available)J
Beautiful sound I definitely recommend.H
I have never played an Ocarina before and I did alot of research into which should be my first one. I am so happy with this ocarina! It came earlier than expected in perfect condition and it sounds beautiful! The videos they send over to teach you are super helpful! I can't wait until I learn all of the LOTR songs!O
It took me some time to get used to Aria. It is more narrow than my previous ocarina and the unusually big right thumbhole gave me some trouble, but now I'm absolutely in love with this instrument!
I used to avoid high pitched songs because the high notes were so hard to get right on my previous ocarina. Now I can play whatever I want :)
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