Daily Archives: January 22, 2011

Ocarinas and Such…

And now for something completely different! Did you have an ocarina when you were a kid…also known as a sweet potato? Well, I am going home today! Mom’s on the mend and music is in the air!

Here are how-to sites for making ocarinas, starting with this one and moving to a second and third site for instructions. A video tutorial can be found at the end of this post, too.

If you are feeling really adventurous, you might also want to take a look at this book, Mud to Music, about instruments made of clay. Here’s a little bit about it:

With a history reaching back to ancient times, creating ceramic musical instruments is a vibrant pursuit for many innovative artists today…From Mud to Music explores the vast array of ceramic musical instruments, from their historical traditions in world cultures to modern variations and innovations. All instrument families are represented: percussion, winds, strings, and even unique hybrids. For each type of instrument, special construction techniques specific to clay are explained...Mud to Music includes a CD of music performed on clay instruments featured in the book.

Here’s the video tutorial:


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