Ocarinas are a truly beautiful instrument that dates back thousands of years. In this Instructable, I will be giving tips and advice for those choosing their first ocarina.
Step 1: Ocarinas I Do Not Recommend
Peruvian Pendants are a very common type of ocarina, and usually have 6-8 holes. they are also known for having unique designs on them.
However, i do not recommend these ocarinas for a couple of reasons:
-The are made out of cheap clay that doesn't resonate well.
-They have little or no tuning.
however if this is the only ocarina available to you, any Ocarina is better than none at all.
Step 2: English Pendants
English Pendant Ocarinas are a good choice because they are usually very affordable and portable.
However, there is a downside to these Acarinas, they play a full scale on only 4-6 holes, this means that the finger combinations can be difficult and frustrating to master.
However, once you learn the finger combinations well, playing these ocarinas should be easy.
Step 3: Inlines
Another good option is the inline ocarina, these are also very affordable, and tend to be very portable. They have more holes than the English pendants, which means that you can lift your fingers up one at a time in a row instead of using finger combinations.
Step 4: Transvese (Sweet Potato)
Transverse ocarinas are another popular option. They tend to have 10-12 holes, and are usually made of ceramic clay. These ocarinas tend to have better sound quality than the others and are the most popular ocarina on the market.
Step 5: For Zelda Fans
For Zelda fans there are many different options, but the most popular are STL's and Songbird's. I would recommend Songbird's Ocarina of Time replica because of it's amazing quality. The STL model has an uncomfortably long mouth piece and a poorly designed Triforce band. As a Zelda fan and an ocarina player, I can honestly say that the Songbird Ocarina of Time replica is better than STL's.
However, STL does have something that Songbird Doesn't, The Rupee Ocarina! These Small Pendants are Very affordable ($10-$30) and sound quite nice. They have them in multiple colors, and they come as either a tenor or a soprano.
Step 6: In Conclusion
I suggest getting an inline to begin with. After you feel comfortable with that, get either a Transverse or a Pendant.
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