These days, the collection of tab makers are growing and getting more advanced. But before the era of tab makers the method was manual writing, no I’m not thinking about quills. But computer writing and fonts. Now as I’ve mentioned before I rarely use tabs anymore, but I don’t think I would be able to learn the ocarina without them. I wouldn’t have the patience to both learn the instrument and learn to read sheet music when starting out. So I highly support the use of them. And it’s great for introducing the ocarina to new beginners.
A fun project I wanted to try out was to make my own font. I’ve seen a few before, but I wanted to make my own. So I made up the tabs in Inkscape and found a tutorial to make them into a font file and here are the results. I thought it would be appropriate if the first font was of the 10-hole 🙂
It only consist of the tabs above, but I have ideas about adding other symbols that are relevant in tabbing (input is appreciated). I also plan to expand my collection with time. Feel free to use them for non-commercial projects. Check out the page “Ocarina Fonts” for the download.