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    Ocarina Method Book and Video

    Firstly, while the book is written for 12 hole ocarinas, the book will work for 10 and 11 hole ocarinas. Basically if you have a transverse ocarina, you can learn with this book. Subholes are covered at the very end of the book and you'll get quite a bit of enrichment and instruction despite the focus being on 12 hole ocarinas. Additionally, if you're using an Italian style 10 hole ocarina, you'll just swap the fingering for high E and F and you're good, EZPZ. If you have a pendant ocarina, the book includes a pendant fingering chart as well as some fun improv scales. The types of ocarina section will also help you identify what kind of pendant ocarina you have and whether it is tuned or untuned. The history section shows some cool ocarinas and even a gemshorn and xun. The book also references a resource URL that provides up to date information on Cris Gale's ocarina recommendations, as well as information on ocarina gatherings and festivals. The online reference page indicates that supplemental information will be provided as well, but so far it's mainly a buying guide and information about the US Ocarina Festival. I bookmarked the page and plan on checking back from time to time to see what's been added. The ocarina lessons have quite a bit of music - including the old "learning standards" like Mary Had a Little Lamb and Hot Cross Buns and common folk songs, but also some awesome music like Korobeiniki (The Tetris Theme), Lullaby of Takeda (the beautiful Japanese melody featured in the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and of course classical music like Bach's Musette and Dvorak's Humoresque. With the book you also get 20 ocarina tutorial videos that basically walk you through almost the entire book. Here's the video list from the website. You can chooose to watch from the Hal Leonard website or download them as well. You get a code in the beginning of the book, and it's very convenient. Introduction History of the Ocarina Types of Ocarinas Getting Started Making Your First Sound Intonation Music Theory Transposing Instruments C Major Scale C-D-E C Major F-G C Major A Dotted Rhythm C Major Scale B-C C Major Scale D C Major Scale E-F Dotted Eighth Notes F Major D Minor G Major E Minor Using Subholes The videos are really handy if you learn better by watching. It even has an animation that follows the notes on the exercises so you can follow along. A lot of people also like to watch someone play the music, so the bottom of the screen has the music while the teacher, Cris Gale, demonstrates on the top of the screen. The video contains a lot of the graphics so you don't have to go back and forth between the video and the book. A pro and con with the video is that the teacher is demonstrating the music rather than performing it. If you want to hear performances of the pieces, you'll have to look elsewhere or perhaps on the resource page in the future. The book itself is laid out well and the sheet music is easy to read and not too small. Despite the price, it does not feel cheap and the pages feel thick enough that maybe they could survive a spill. Regardless, you'd still have the videos to use - which are basically the book in video form.
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    1 GB+ memory used

    I bought this book but I need an ad card the size of Mars to open it. It takes up more memory than ALL of my other ebooks put together. Including Lord of the Rings and the ten books of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. 1.3 GIGABYTES!! Your device will never have enough memory to open it. MADNESS. I'm sure it's a very informative book, (my reason for buying it). Neaaargghh. That is all.
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