New Tablature Schedule
This site is about Ocarinas. I am posting new melodies in sheet music and tablature form every day. (Well, not every day. I currently have about 100 tabs I’ve created but haven’t had time to add them, test them, formally).
Let me know if there is a special request that you’d like me to tab out and I’ll do my best! I cannot read music, and I’m tone deaf (really). So I need to see the actual sheet music to transcribe it. It’s helpful to have a youtube link so I can hear the melody, but without the sheet music, not much I can do.
What Songs Can be Played?
For the most part, any song that you can sing, hum or whistle, you can play on an ocarina. Nearly all church hymns fit the vocal range that matches an ocarina. And sheet music for them is easily searchable (that is why you might see more in that category on this site). If it has deep base or high tweets in it, the normal ocarina probably can’t do it. Especially problematic is if the range has both high and low notes and the chosen ocarina cannot reach those ranges. That is why sometimes you’ll find tabs that don’t sound quite right – 95% of the notes fit, but modifications were made to get the super deep or super high notes in as well.
Your Comments Encourage Me
Please comment on the melodies/pages and feel free to use the tablature editor. Basically just click the notes and then click preview. When it’s perfect, save that string, or send it to me so I can add it. Blind adding is not available at this time, and if I don’t know the song I won’t add it. I’ve lost quite a bit of motivation, had some life changes, and it really encouraged me to see people commenting on the site.
4 hole, 6 hole, 12 hole, etc
Many of the songs that you can play on a 12, 6 and a 4 hole ocarina are the same. Anything you can play on a lower hole ocarina will play on a higher hole ocarina. More holes = More range. Less holes = less range. Not all songs that play on a higher hole will play on a lower hole ocarina. I’m more apt to transcribe a 6 hole song because it will also fit on my sister site: 6holeOcarina.com
In Danger of Closing Down!!
In the 6 years I’ve ran this site,
only 1 person 2 people have donated (a very generous $25 and 1 subscriber at $10 a month). I greatly appreciate that gesture! My costs are about $15 a month for the server and I’ve paid about $800 out of pocket for themes and people to work on the site. $15 a month x 6 years = $360. In addition I’ve spent roughly $500~ in testing ocarinas, buying books related to sheet music/tablature. I wrote all of the code for the tablature editor and am not counting that labor, but I’ve put in probably 175 hours or more in tweaking the site, managing, coding, etc. A good coder (not me), might make $100 an hour for development.
How to Keep the Site Going
If you like the tabs and want me to work on the site, please encourage me with words or dollars. I like both. You can donate via paypal if you’d like, or leave a comment below.
I’m just learning to play ocarina and I kid you not this is like the most helpful site I’ve found out there on the internet. I would like to see more sheet music if you have it! Because honestly it’s just so much easier when you can see the notes and or lyrics. I do have a specific request for the song “for he’s a jolly good fellow” if that isn’t too much trouble.
Thank you. I manually create all pages using the tablature editor and play test them. I could use help with submissions to make it grow. Here is your request: https://12holeocarina.com/folk-songs/for-hes-a-jolly-good-fellow-12-hole-ocarina-tab/
Keep doing what you do man, I’ve just found this and I really like the way you made this. I have one song request, which is the entire reason I got an Ocarina. Could you please do Guren’s theme from Naruto shippuden. Pleaseee. Its been done by flute of harmony, so it should be doable on an ocarina.
I need the simple notes – like the flute sheet music, and then the tablature editor should be able to do it. All notes must fit in the range of the instrument and the flute can do a much wider range than ocarina.
Hello, could you please transcribe One Summer’s Day from spirited away for the 12 hole? It would be super helpful.
I would LOVE if you could perhaps write tabs for Vincent by don mclean, i love the song, but i can’t seem to find tabs for it anywhere.
Are the notes you post here on this site for the Alto C ocarina? I am planning on buying an Alto C version.
Yes, the note frequencies are the same as you would hear on an alto C. However, you should listen to songbird ocarinas or other youtube videos for someone skilled at playing a good alto C. These notes are computer generated waveforms that match the frequency. They lack all of the “soul” of what the ocarina can do. I like the alto ones best myself. Keep in mind, the notes can play (same finger patterns) on soprano, bass, etc.
Hello, can you do Lana del Rey’s How to disappear? For a 12 hole ocarina, It’s for my best friend’s baby shower and thanks for all the tabs!
Keep it up! You’re helping people (like myself) learn the beauty of ocarina thank you for the effort you give to make this site happen!
Hey there! I wanted to request tabs for ‘The Rainbow Connection’ from the Muppet Movie, if it’s not too much trouble. Thanks so much!!
thanks so much for this site and your effort, it really is excellent and I’ve had so much fun playing some tunes from it. Awesome thing you’ve done here. I think I wouldn’t be alone in saying zelda songs would always be appreciated 😀 I cant read music either but working on writing one out with your tool rn
Your site has been extremely helpful to me as I both learn to play my ocarina (12 hole alto C), and then to help me remember what notes use which fingers (I’m easily distracted so it can take me a bit to jog my memory from time to time). I also love to use your editor for when I find myself struggling with having to adapt a song for the ocarina (some songs just go too high or too low). Great help for anyone who’s just learning.
Thank you for the kind words, glad it helped!
Thank you. Your kind words are appreciated.