by Tamsyn

May 20, 2016

ocarina review

STL Ocarina Review and Special Giveaway!

​Okay, let's be honest.  I haven't geeked out over anything in the music world like I have over the ocarina in a very LONG time!  Not that I had never heard of the instrument, but I had never discovered it until this last week when our much sought-for package came from STL ocarina.

The Ocarina is a classic instrument, one of the oldest on earth.  It can be about any shape, tuned to any key, and has a rich tone that sends us back to our roots.  Many first hear of the ocarina from the gaming world- Zelda and the Ocarina of Time being a classic example.  Why to fantasy worlds choose to utilize the ocarina over other instruments like the violin or clarinet?  There's something primal about the ocarina that reminds us of our roots.  Yet that primal element does not mean it lacks sophistication.  They have been featured in symphonic concerts, top Hollywood movies, and more.  Let's take a closer look.

There are two packages we have to offer two lucky winners.  Feel free to enter to win both- It's possible and I'd save on shipping.  Giveaway ends June 3rd.  Good luck!  You do not have to comment on the blog post twice to get credit on both giveaways, etc.

Enter the giveaway and learn more below.  STL Ocarina provided these prizes for two winners.

Ocarina as a first instrument

While the ukulele and recorder are great instruments to begin on, the ocarina is an equally good choice and is often overlooked.  Part of why I chose the ocarina for my kids is because I wanted them to learn a portable instrument that we could easily take with us when we travel.  Originally we were going to learn the recorder, but, well, the ocarina is just a lot cooler in our opinion.  It has a rich tone and is easy to learn.  You can learn more about STL's education program on their website.  I'm looking forward to teaching a community ocarina class myself this fall, as well as adult workshops.  The instrument is awesome and I'm eager to spread the word!

ocarina review and giveaway

Ocarina as a fun novelty

Forget the flowers- bring a little music to the table!  Or to your jewelry box.  Or to your glass cupboard.  Or to your Halloween/Cosplay costume.  Let's face it- this is a versatile instrument, and that makes it awesome!  Go ahead and fall in love like I did.  I won't tell you how much time I spent looking over their website the last two weeks, deciding which ocarinas to buy now and which ones to save for a later date.  Let's just say that my musical focus has changed course and I'm excited to share this instrument with you.  Enjoy!  Also check out their ocarina music videos- they've made several and they are stunning.  I chose one from Lord of the Rings as an example.

The 12-hole ocarina is recommended for children 9+.  Giveaway ends Friday at midnight, June 3rd.

The 6-hole ocarina is recommended for children 6+.  Giveaway ends Friday at midnight, June 3rd.

Giveaway Rules for 12- holed Ocarina

Giveaway Rules for 6- holed Ocarina

About the author 


My name is Tamsyn and I love music. I got my bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from USU. I spent many years teaching private piano lessons until I had children of my own. I have attended several children workshops on how to teach children music. I really like the Kodaly method, but have adapted a lot of different techniques for my own children.

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  1. Wow! I’ve never heard of this instrument. My kids would love to learn to play this. I personally would like to try too!

    1. The 12-holed ocarina is, well, similarly intuitive to the recorder, but they are very different. I actually think the ocarina is easier to play than the recorder. I still haven’t taken the time to learn how to play the upper range of the recorder, but I can on the ocarina. I’ve spent a lot more time practicing the 12-holed than the 6 holed ones.
      The 6-holed ocarina’s fingering is very different from both. I thought it would be tricky to go from one to the other, but I haven’t had a problem with that, surprisingly. There’s a different kind of muscle memory. I have been just as able to go back to the recorder. The fingering is not that difficult. My 7-year-old memorized how to play the scale on the first day from a fingering chart I printed out for her.

  2. I’d love to win one of these! I bought a couple of ocarinas from a few years ago. I’m not very good but they sure are beautiful instruments!

  3. What a neat instrument! I always loved that type of fantasy movie/game music but had no idea where it came from. I would be most interested in the ocarina FUNdamentals because I wouldn’t want my kids to get too frustrated.

  4. I gave my daughter one of the Zelda line as a birthday gift last year—it is beautiful! I would love the ELEMENT OCARINA: WATER IN C MAJOR (TENOR), too.

  5. I’d like to try the element ocarina (water). I have a little tiny toy one for my son that I found at a fair years ago but haven’t ever seen a real one. Too cool!

  6. These make me think of Zelda! My oldest would love one of these. She recently played her harmonica in the talent show and she would love to learn one of these. (So would I!)

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