Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Ocarinas Review

Saturday, December 18, 2010 Posted by Dina N

The ocarina is a musical instrument that has been around for a long time. The first known ocarina-like instruments appear about 12,000 years ago. An affordable gift for children and adults, an ocarina can be a fun way to develop one's love of music.

St. Louis Ocarina was established in 2005 to help revive interest in the art of ocarina playing. They offer a variety of ocarinas as well as sheet music, instructional DVDs, and ocarina accessories. I received a teacarina and the Legend of Zelda Rupee Tenor Ocarina, plus The Art of Ocarina, a beginner's guide to the ocarina. Both ocarinas are ceramic, well made and in beautiful colors: the teacarina in shades of blue and the Legend of Zelda ocarina in pink. The ocarinas came with an instruction booklet. My kids and I had a great time playing with the ocarinas. For a musical instrument, the ocarina is very affordable, easy to master, and takes no space at all - compared to a piano, for example.

The teacarina is my favorite between the two. It is very pretty, and music is produced by blowing through an air chamber, holding the teacarina as you would a tea cup. You change the pitch by fingering four holes of various sizes on the side on the cup. The teacarina can also be used as a cup for tea or coffee! It is available in a range of beautiful colors and sells for $18, making it an original yet affordable gift.

The 6 and 4-hole ocarinas are specifically designed for children. The guide I received helps kids learn how to play. It includes short lessons and a demonstration CD. Parents can master the ocarina together with their children - a fun family activity that you can do anytime, anywhere. Just bring the ocarinas along!

If you are concerned that your kids might break their new instrument, consider getting a plastic ocarina. The 6 Hole Plastic Ocarina is recommended for beginners and retails for $8.99. It comes in blue, green, white and yellow and it includes a free instructional book. The 12 Hole Plastic Soprano Ocarina in C Major is also appropriate for beginners and retails for $15. It comes in bright blue, green and pink and also includes a free instructional book and strap.

Check out all of the amazing ocarinas manufactured by STL Ocarina - any of them would make a wonderful holiday gift.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was obtained for this post. I received  complimentary product samples to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. 

1 comments:

  1. Linda Starr said...

    great musical instruments and the holes have to be made just so to get the sound to come out after firing.

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