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Buy an Ocarina and Learn to Play it
The ocarina is an unusual wind instrument that comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Despite how different they look, the ocarina and a recorder emit fairly similar sounds. You may be familiar with the ocarina as an instrument through a fandom of Nintendo's Zelda games. However you came to the instrument, the ocarina is a fun and easy way to play around with a melody.
Buying a Beginner’s Ocarina
Shop for your ocarina online. Since it’s such a rare instrument, you’re going to be hard-pressed to find one in a music store. With a little research, you’ll find a wealth of online retailers who sell what you’re looking for—from Amazon to retailers who specialize in high quality ocarinas.
If you’re just learning how to play this instrument, don’t break the bank on your first ocarina. $20 to $60 should get you the perfect starter instrument. If you find you love your new hobby and want to invest in an instrument, high quality ocarinas can run as high as $500.
Learning to play the ocarina is easy!
Where to begin?
The ocarina is one of the easiest of all wind instruments to learn to play. In fact, getting a tone is as simple as blowing a whistle. Every instrument I make comes with a fingering chart that includes free songs and starts you out with a simple 'play by number' system that anyone can learn. In the Free Songs and Fingering Chart links on the right, you'll notice numbers over the lyrics that correspond to fingerings on the chart. Once you memorize the scale by numbers, it's easy to play the songs. Just add a little rhythm, and you'll be entertaining yourself in no time at all!
The great thing about learning the ocarina is that it is easy to play in the beginning but also provides you with a relaxing way to achieve a lifetime of musical enjoyment. When I was 10 years old I started out playing a little plastic flute-o-phone which is played just like the ocarina. Now, 46 years later I still enjoy improving my technique. Even though I am good enough to play practically anything I want, I always notice something I can do better...and I enjoy getting better. That's what life's all about. The discipline we learn from practicing and improving on a musical instrument will carry over into every aspect of our lives.