For those of you seeking a cool instrument to learn, look no further than the Ocarina.
The Ocarina is a ceramic wind instrument native to South America, but it has achieved popularity worldwide. Many of the world’s top Ocarina players also play the flute.
It’s a compact, affordable and fun instrument.
Ocarina is an ancient, flute-like instrument that can be traced back through history over 12,000 years.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time video game from Nintendo popularized the ocarina in the United States. The Ocarina’s popularity continues to grow.
Ocarinas come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they are all vessel flutes with usually six to twelve finger holds and a mouth tube. Their compact size makes them simple to store and transport.
They can be made in a variety of materials including ceramic, plastic, wood, glass, or metal.
Artisans have been inspired to create hand-made, whimsical ocarinas in fanciful shapes, such as animals, or decorate them with intricate designs. This makes ocarinas very popular with collectors.
The world “Ocarina” comes from the Italian meaning “little goose.” The earlier form of the instrument was known in Europe as a gemshorn; which was made from the animal horns of the Gemsbok.