Up until a few weeks ago, I thought ocarinas were merely part of a video game name - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. When in truth, ocarinas are actually pocket sized wind instruments, that have been around for more than a 1000 years.
Ocarinas are similar in sound and play style to a recorder, but they are more whimsical and fun. An ocarina is usually oval shaped and can have anywhere from 4 to 12 holes.
We received a beginners 6 hole ocarina to review, and I have to say we all love it.
My daughters are 4 and 2 and obviously don't have the aptitude to learn how to actually play the Ocarina. But they love to pick it up and blow randomly. Their playing is not the prettiest thing to hear, but they have a lot of fun. The only thing that would make it better for them is if they had one of the animal themed ocarinas.
I myself am not very musically inclined - in fact I struggle. I can't sing and the only exposure I've had to a musical instrument was in my 6th grade, keyboard class. And I wasn't good at it. Yet when I walk by the Ocarina I can't help but stop and play around a little bit. I'm still not great, but there is just something about the ocarina that demands to be played.
My husband is both a huge music and Zelda lover. When he found out that we got one, I believe his exact words were, "That's Awesome." But because my girls don't like to share he hasn't gotten to play with it as much as he liked. He has me convinced that we both need to get our own for Christmas.
To Buy It - Ocarinas range anywhere from $8 on up. They are unique and easy to learn making them a great Christmas gift. And STL Ocarina has a great selection! They have beginners and advanced instruments, the truly unique,
The Zelda lovers dream.
To Win It - STL Ocarina is giving away an ocarina and a guidebook to one of you.
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Giveaway ends December 3rd 2010, 11:59 PM MST. All entries submitted after the closing time are void and will be deleted. Only one entry allowed per method - items cannot be repeated daily unless specifically stated. Failure to comply by this rule will result in disqualification. This contest is open to residents of the U.S. The winner will be selected at random.org and then announced on my blog and contacted via email. The winner will then have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.
Disclosure: The giveaway and review are being sponsored by STL Ocarina. Opinions expressed in this post are strictly my own. I received no monetary compensation for this post. If for some reason you didn't receive your winnings or if loss or damage has occurred to yourself or you property from participating in the giveaways, One Day At A Time cannot be held responsible.