The Origin of the Ocarina: Ancient Chinese Wind Instrument
I first became interested in the ocarina after seeing Spencer Register on The 700 Club . Spencer plays and makes performance grade ocarinas. He described the history of the ocarina, and how his fascination with the ocarina began. Later in the show he played the ocarina for the audience. I thought this was the most beautiful wind instrument I’ve ever heard. The flute like sound floated in the air, like a haunting love song. There was such a freshness and joy in his playing. After hearing the ocarina, I decided to research the origin of the ocarina.
some history please
The ocarina is a wind instrument historically made from clay or wood. The ocarina is one of the oldest wind instruments in the world; dating back to 12,000 yrs. They have been seen in various cultures around the world including: the Chinese, Native Americans, Aztecs and the Mayans. Ocarinas can be made with ceramic, glass, plastic, or metal. Ceramic ocarinas have superior sound quality. During my research I’ve discovered that ocarinas can come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
where can i get one?
Most people prefer the 12 hole sweet potato ocarina, but the 4 hole ocarinas are very popular as well. 12 hole ocarinas tend to be more costly than the 4 holes. They can range in price from $40- $500. My advice is to do your homework before buying one. Visit many ocarina vendors and read the customer reviews. They can give you an idea of whether it’s a good product or not.
12 hole ocarinas can be harder to play, so keep this in mind if you’re a novice. 4 hole ocarinas are very small and produce a higher pitch. They are often worn around the neck on a rope or chain. They are crafted into a variety of shapes. I’ve seen strawberry, turtle, fish and even tea cup shaped ocarinas. These ocarinas are more than just musical instruments; they are hand crafted works of art.
So if you decide to purchase an ocarina here are some things you should consider. If you’ve never owned or played an ocarina, I would suggest spending less money. You can buy an ocarina with good sound quality for under $70. If you find that you hate the ocarina, $60 dollars wasted won’t hurt as much as $300. Look for hand crafted and tuned ocarinas. Also consider the size and dexterity of your hands. If you have really big hands a pendant 4 hole ocarina might not be the best one for you. I recommend the Zelda ocarina for Zelda fans or the novice. This ocarina is inexpensive and it comes with a songbook.