Ocarins are very old wind instruments, traditionally made of clay. It differs from flutes in its closed chamber sound anatomy, which allows for low notes in small chambers (20 cm on average), in addition to the characteristic sound. The air exits through the holes or in the bevel creating a return and marking your timbre. We created ocarinas using the structure of the thicker bamboo and adapted the drilling of the notes to the scale of the Native American flute, thus we call our ocarina "Pocket NAF", ideal for taking on trips.
Native Bamboo Ocarina - NAF F# Style
Bamboo Ocarina - NAF (Native American Style) pocket - 5 holes Fá#.
- Scale: Minor Pentatonic
- Material: Special Treated Bamboo
- Recording: Graphics
- Finishes: special oils, natural non-toxic varnish, leather threads.
Made to order, 40 to 180 days for production and delivery. Professional tuning. Artisanal production, with slight variations in relation to the photo.
Our flutes are created by hand with love and dedication. The photos you are seeing on the website are a reference for you to order your new flute. We will do our best to make your order as faithful as possible to the photo, but each bamboo has a special touch, the colors of the threads, beads, feathers, personalized painting and totem can have small variations. We work with Bamboo, which is a living, organic material, so the tuning is sensitive to temperature and humidity. We do the tuning in two steps to make sure it looks as good as possible. The first is hot and then the fine adjustment is cold. Before sending the flute we recorded a video for approval.
The low notes should be blown with less pressure. The tuning may vary depending on the humidity and temperature. Dry your mouth well when blowing, try not to salivate. Try typing the scale slowly at the beginning of the bass to the high (going up the stairs) and from the high to the low (going down the stairs) until you feel safe to do it faster and faster, feel your breathing and internal rhythm, blow a note each time and look for the best interval in the passage of notes, you will see that with these few steps you can create incredible sounds. The typing movement of the scale is linear, when scaling from low to high, (with all holes closed), one finger is lifted at a time and keeps it from covering the hole.
These flutes are inspired by ethnic flutes. You don't have to think, just let your breath flow and feel the music coming. So it is perfect for meditating, silencing the mind and entering the vacuum of the vibrational creative matrix!
Although bamboo is a very resistant and strong material, it is also fragile. A strong beat, a little rough treatment and there is a danger that your flute will develop a crack. There are some maintenance tips that you can follow to ensure a long and satisfying life for your flute.
Protect your flute from Thermal and Physical Shocks: The main way for bamboo flutes to fail is through cracks. The body of the bamboo flute is composed of thousands of longitudinal fibers that pass through the bamboo. A small crack at one point may not take much to propagate along the entire length. Cracks are most often caused by exposure to extreme temperatures, moisture and strong blows.
Do not leave exposed to the sun, store in a dry and ventilated place. The flute needs to "breathe", never keep it in an airtight container for a long time.
Avoid touching in very cold ambient conditions: The hot breath entering the orifice rapidly expands inward with the outer surface remaining cool and unexpanded, leading to the possibility of developing a crack.
Avoid exposure to temperature extremes. Before playing, always bring your flute to room temperature. This is especially important when the flute has been, say, transported in the cold outdoors to warm up indoors. In addition, it is very important to remember not to leave a flute in a hot car for long periods.
Clean and dry the mouthpiece and the table area where the totem is located after touching it for a long time: This is especially important in colder climates due to condensation. Do not use cleaning products, bleach on the outside, just dry cloth.
After playing, leave the flute in an upright position: This helps to drain any accumulated moisture and prevent moisture accumulation, which can lead to localized swelling of the bamboo and possible cracks. Do not put the flute in a case or bag while it is drying as it leads to mold growth.
Take care not to drop or drop the flute against any hard surface, because bamboo, despite being a very resistant material, is susceptible to the development of cracks due to its low thickness and unidirectional orientation of the fiber.
Lubricate your new flute:
- Preferably use vegetable oils, mustard, walnut, sesame, olive oil, coconut, tung…
- Do not lubricate a 'wet' (recently played) flute. Allow the inner surface of the nozzle to dry.
- Lubricating every two months or three months is advised.
- Lubrication must be internal, do not oil the external finish of the flute.
Use a thin stick larger than the flute (perhaps a large skewer or a stick) wrap and tie (glue instantaneously) a cloth, flannel or felt at one end and apply the oil to the cloth and then rub the attached oily cloth on the stick, on the inner walls of the flute. Bottle cleaners are also useful for removing dust accumulated inside the tube.
Despite all the care, if over time the bamboo develops a crack, even if the crack does not seem to affect the sound, it can spread quickly and decrease the sound quality. So, the best thing to do would be to repair and control the crack:
The flute must be cold (not played recently) and apply low viscosity cyanoacrylate (instant glue) along the crack (it must penetrate the crack because of the low viscosity and create a seal). Hold the flute and press it so that the crack is closed. (hold for about 30 seconds). Then, after 5 minutes or more, clean the extra glue from the surface and tie it with waxed thread if you know how to do it or apply several rounds of tape.
Block (Totem): It is important to check if the Totem (reed) is in the correct position, as any displacement in the position affects the pitch and sound. This adjustment can be done little by little forwards or backwards until you find the best tone. If the leather that tightens the totem becomes loose, it is necessary to tie it again to keep the totem fixed. Try to blow the flute with your mouth dry so as not to wet the mouthpiece, if it is too cold, the steam from the blow may very wet the air passage of the totem and clog, for that, just blow hard to unclog. In the latter case, move the totem away and clean the passage.
Note: The low notes should be blown with less pressure. The pitch may vary depending on humidity, temperature, blowing pressure and finger position.