Arrangements and music scores
I have been playing ocarina since I was a child. Perhaps it is no coincidence, having been born and raised in Budrio (Bologna), the town where the ocarina was invented in 1853 ...
The 4 basic rules to start playing the ocarina
CHECK THAT THE FINGERS CLOSE PERFECTLY THE HOLES WHICH MUST BE CLOSED
WHEN YOU BLOW YOU HAVE TO PRONOUNCE THE LETTER "T" (FLICK OF THE TONGUE)
WHEN YOU BLOW, DO NOT SWELL YOUR CHEEKS
WHEN YOU PLAY THE BASS NOTES YOU SHOULD BLOW GENTLY AND WHEN YOU PLAY THE HIGH NOTES YOU SHOULD BLOW LOUDER
Sheet music for ocarina
In this book (text in Italian), I have collected exercises and useful tips to make learning to play the ocarina easy and fun. Here you can download the first part for FREE, dedicated to those who have never played this instrument. I will also publish audio content to be used as a teaching aid in the near future
This book (text in English) contains 20 traditional European dances arranged for ocarina Do3 / AC. On this site you can listen and download audio recordings of each song, played by ocarina, guitar and accordion.
By purchasing the book in pdf, you will also receive the audio files with the backing tracks played by guitar and accordion.
To purchase it with PAYPAL, contact me via email by writing to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Online ocarina lessons
I am available for online lessons on Skype, Zoom, Meet or other platforms.
The lessons can be for individuals, couples or small groups who want to deepen the tradition of the Italian ocarina and the style of European folk music.
I can speak in Italian and in English, but it will also be possible to have lessons in other languages with the help of mother tongue translators!
Contact me for more information
Something more about me ...
Since 1979 I have been part of the GOB - Budriese Ocarinistic Group, which having been founded in 1865 is certainly the oldest Ocarina Septet in the world (and probably the most famous).
With this group I have taken part in hundreds of concerts in Italy and abroad (Australia, Argentina, Chile, USA, South Korea, Japan and China) and in all recordings ( www.gobitalia.it ).
I am also a member with Emiliano Bernagozzi of the "Soloists of the GOB" (cd "Magical Ocarina"; concerts in Japan, South Korea, China - Shanghai Concert Hall 2017 -, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Germany).
Since 2003 I have been director of the Budrio Ocarina Museum and artistic director of the various editions of the Budrio Ocarina Festival.
I am the president of the International Ocarina Federation, based in Korea.
In recent years I have given concerts, masterclasses and conferences in Japan, South Korea and China.
In particular, since 2015 I have held master classes for music teachers in many cities of China (Shanghai, Xian, Beijing, Urumqi, Linyi, XuZhou, Wuhan, Tienshui, Guanzhou).
I am co-author of the “Easy Ocarina” and “My Ocarina Journey” methods, adopted in numerous Chinese schools.
My book "A Taste of European Folk Music" was published in South Korea in 2019.
The english version in pdf of this book is now also available on this site!
I also play ocarina, clarinet and flute in the Cavranera group (popular music) and in the Ocarinamania Quartet (jazz and klezmer) (cd "Fabiolous Ocarina").
In 2008 I recorded the CD "Ocarinamania" as a soloist (soon available on this site)
Together with harpist Marianne Gubri and percussionist Marco Muzzati, I founded the Celtic Dream Trio with the aim of exploring a new repertoire for Celtic harp and ocarina and Figulino (a new kind of clay flute).
As a singer and flutist I collaborate with different choirs, focusing in particular on ancient music.
I also carry out didactic activities and musical projects in schools.
I am the founder and director of the Bella Bologna group, which aims to bring people of all ages closer to musical practice