5 types of ocarina (Which ones right for you?)

Ocarinas have a rich historical background, dating back thousands of years. An ocarina is a wind instrument, also known as an aerophone, that creates sound when air vibrates inside it. The earliest known ocarinas were discovered in ancient China and Central America. These early versions were made from clay and had a simple design. Over time, ocarinas evolved and spread to different cultures, each adding their unique touch to the instrument.

1. Peruvian Pendant Ocarinas

Pendant Ocarina

The Peruvian Ocarina is an accurate representation of the country's vibrant culture and craftsmanship. Handmade by skilled artisans in Peru South America, these ocarinas showcase intricate designs inspired by the people of Peru. Made from sustainable clay, they are eco-friendly and offer a unique playing experience. Peruvian ocarinas come in various shapes and sizes, including pendant-style ocarinas that can be worn around the neck. They are suitable for both adults and children over three years old. Check out our Peruvian Pendant Ocarina here.

2. Alto Dorado Ocarinas

Alto Dorado Ocarina

If you're looking for a professional-grade ocarina, the 12-hole Alto Dorado is an excellent choice as it is made from high-quality ceramic. This instrument offers a wide range of notes from A4 to F6. Its ergonomic shape and professional tuning make it comfortable to play for beginners and professionals alike. The Alto Dorado ocarina comes with a case, wrist strap, songbook, and a microfibre cloth, ensuring you have everything you need to start your musical journey. Purchase the Alto Dorado Ocarina here.

3. Nazca Ocarinas

Nazca Ocarina 

The Nazca ocarina is a stunning Peruvian instrument with a unique design. Hand-painted by skilled artisans in Peru, these ocarinas feature intricate geometric patterns that are a visual delight. This Ocarina is made from sustainable clay, the Nazca ocarinas are not only beautiful but also produce enchanting sounds. With their larger size, they are perfect for both adults and children over three years old. Each Nazca ocarina is one-of-a-kind, as the handmade process creates slight variations in size and shape. Get the Nazca Ocarina here.

4. Inca Ocarinas

Colorful Inca Ocarinas

For those looking for a complete ocarina set, the boxed Inca ocarinas are an excellent choice. Handmade by skilled artisans in Peru, these ocarinas come in an attractive box, making them perfect as a gift. The boxed Inca ocarinas feature intricate hand-painted designs made from sustainable clay. They are suitable for adults and children over three years old. These ocarinas offer a unique playing experience. Purchase the colourful Inca Ocarina here.

5. Submarine Ocarinas

Purple Peruvian Submarine Ocarina

The Peruvian Submarine Ocarina is a unique musical instrument that combines the shape of a submarine with the musical sound of an ocarina. The submarine ocarina is made from high-quality clay. This instrument is a testament to the creativity and craftsmanship of the Peruvian artisans. The submarine shape adds a distinctive touch to the traditional ocarina design, making it a visually appealing piece. Buy the Peruvian Submarine Ocarina here.

6. Jungle Ocarina

Frog Design Jungle Ocarina

The Jungle Ocarina is a delightful choice for music enthusiasts of all ages, offering a range of fun designs such as ladybirds, turtles, geckos, frogs, and parrots. This handmade ocarina is not only eco-friendly but also easy to play, making it suitable for beginners and advanced players alike. With its assorted animal designs and charming jungle theme, it's the perfect gift for both children and adults. Check out the Jungle Ocarina here.

7. Assorted Animal Ocarinas

Assorted Animal Ocarinas

The Jungle Ocarina offers a unique and eco-friendly musical experience, handmade with natural clay in assorted animal designs such as turtles, toucans, birds, crocodiles, and ducks. With its 4 holes and mouthpiece area, it allows you to play many songs, making it a versatile woodwind instrument similar to a whistle flute. Handcrafted in Peru, each ocarina is one-of-a-kind in size, color, and design, making it a perfect and distinctive gift. Take home an Assorted Animal Ocarinas here.

8. Llama Ocarina

Llama Ocarina

With a larger variation from the animal ocarinas and has 3 additional holes, our handmade fired clay Llama Ocarina from Peru might be the right match for you!

Choosing the Right Ocarina for You

Now that we have explored the different types of ocarinas available, how do you choose the right one? Here are some factors to consider:

Skill Level

If you're a beginner, it's best to start with a beginner-friendly ocarina that is easy to learn and play. Instruments like the Peruvian ocarinas or the Alto Dorado, with their ergonomic shape and simple finger-hole layout, are perfect for beginners. As you gain experience and proficiency, you can move on to more advanced ocarinas like the Nazca or Inca ocarinas.

Sound Range and Quality

Consider the range and quality of sound that you desire. The Alto Dorado ocarina offers a wide range of notes, making it suitable for playing complex melodies. On the other hand, the Inca and Nazca ocarinas provide a mellower, more traditional sound that is perfect for capturing the essence of ancient cultures.

Design and Aesthetics

Ocarinas are not only musical instruments but also works of art. Consider the design and aesthetics that appeal to you. The Peruvian ocarinas, with their vibrant hand-painted designs, or the Inca ocarinas, with their intricate patterns, are visually stunning choices. Choose an ocarina that resonates with your style and taste.

Portability and Accessories

If you plan on taking your Ocarina with you on the go, consider its portability. Pendant-style ocarinas like the Peruvian ocarinas are compact and can be worn around your neck, making them easy to carry.

Additionally, check if the Ocarina comes with accessories like cases, straps, or cleaning cloths to ensure you have everything you need for a seamless playing experience.

Whether you're a beginner or a professional musician, there is an ocarina out there that is perfect for you. From the Peruvian ocarinas with their vibrant designs to the Inca and Nazca ocarinas that showcase ancient cultures, each type offers a distinct playing experience. Consider your skill level, desired sound range, and personal aesthetics when choosing an ocarina.

Up Next: How Are Peruvian Ocarinas Made?


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