2017 Ocarina Collab (Guidelines)

Ocarinists around the world, it’s time to make our annual collab! I recently posted the song we’ll be performing for our collab, but in case you missed it, check it out below.

Also be sure to check out our 2014 collab and 2015 collab to get an idea of how these are edited. This year, we’re going to be a little more organized, so please read through all the rules and FAQ section below and if you have any questions, feel free to comment on my Facebook wall or Tweet at me (@Docjazz4). Happy playing! -DER


– All instruments are welcome

– Song details:

  • Ocarina needed: 10 hole, 12 hole, 5 hole, or 6 hole in C 
  • Tempo: 127bpm
  • Key: F major

– Download the sheet music and tabs below (right click and select “Save Link As”) :

– Please play along with backing tracks provided below using earbuds or headphones. I will be layering a new backtrack over your instrument audio, so we should not hear the backtrack in your video.



– DO NOT EDIT YOUR VIDEOS. Even though only a portion of your performance may be used, leaving your videos unedited makes it MUCH easier for me to edit, even if there are large amounts of silence where you are not playing.

– Video files accepted: .MP4 and .MOV are preferable. Please do not submit .AVI or .WMV.

– To submit your video, please upload your file to Dropbox, Google Drive, or host on your own personal server, then submit a downlink via this Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/oP9K6UMF9TZs23Ex2

– Submission Deadline: November 5th, 11:59pm Pacific

** Frequently Asked Questions **

What if I don’t own a good camera or recording equipment? 

If you can’t borrow one from a family or friend, many smartphones are equipped with pretty nice cameras and mics, which are perfectly fine. Otherwise, it’s okay if your camera isn’t the best. I just want you to be a part of this and to have fun!

Why kind of ocarina do I need? Why doesn’t my ocarina sound in tune with the song?

This song was written for ocarinas tuned to C, with a range of C to high F, so 10-hole is recommended for the whole song. There is a 6 hole variation as well. If you have an ocarina in a tuning other than C, transposing will be necessary.

Do we have to film in front of a public landmark like previous years? 

No. however, considering we’re each representing our cities, states, and countries, it would still be cool to see some outdoor landmarks AND you’ll be sharing the ocarina with others around you!


  • Sharon Carter (Ocarinagirl)


    This will be my first time being able to join in the collab, after wanting to for over 3 years, so I’m HYPED

  • Nicholas A. White


    Hey David!
    Always have wanted to do the ocarina collab but have always missed the deadline! I was wondering if I could record my audio and video separate then line them up so i could have better audio quality then just using my cameras microphone and will have better quality. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to recording quality and would hate to put in all the work for a poor recording. just wondering if that would be ok as i would be playing in studio then filming probably outside. Thank you!

  • Stephan Walter


    I missed out on last year’s because of my prcastination. Not this year! So excited and thank you David for laying it out in black and white. And when I was listening to the song for the collab, my first thought for the name could be ‘Strolling through the woods.’ I could imagine myself hiking a trail and the coming to an opening and be in awe of the view of a mountain range.

  • Liam Isaac


    Hey Doc, I was thinking about joining your collab, but i only have a 12 hole ocarina.

  • Roberto


    I cannot wait for this! Do you have the music sheet for it by any chance?

  • Adelaide Foster


    Cool idea! I’m gonna try, but I’m still a beginner 🙂

  • Filip Chudziak


    Hi David,
    could you please tell me the bpm of this song?
    Your sincerely
    Filip Chudziak

  • Benjamin D Wilson


    Don’t forget to link the backtrack.

  • Marcelo Nascimento Santos


    waiting for the backtrack 😀

  • A.M.


    Still eagerly awaiting the backtrack link. Thanks as always for hosting the Collabs. 🙂

    • admin


      Backtracks are posted!

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