In this first post, I think it would be appropriate to tell you how my passion for ocarinas started. I’m not one of those that got obsessed with having an “Ocarina of Time” replica after playing Zelda. Actually I never owned the game myself, though I did know of it.
My journey into the world of ocarinas, started in the fall of 2010. I’ve always wanted to play an instrument but I’ve never gotten around to learning to play one. My previous experience was with recorders in elementary school (can’t say I remember any of it), and then we had one guitar lesson. My guitar had a hole in it, on the backside. But the thought of “I wish I could play the…” has been there for as long as I can remember.
After my wish to learn to play an instrument got rekindled, I searched online for various instruments. Looking for what was about to be my first instrument. I really liked the game music from Zelda and I had recently played “Ocarina of Time” for the first time in my life. So, on one of my searches I typed in ocarina and that eventually brought me to the forum theocarinanetwork.com. Which I was checking regularly before joining on October 27th. Though I would still remain “quiet” on the forums for a while.
Still I had found a source of more information about the ocarina and I was enjoying reading and learning more about this little woodwind. But I didn’t actually own one yet. But I was working on it. After researching where to buy them and giving much thought to what would be a good ocarina to start out with, I had finally made up my mind and a package from songbirdocarina.com was on it’s way. After a short while, my first ocarinas was in my hands. Along with some tab books. Turned out that the Christmas Carols book was for pendants. Well, well. I went for plastic because they were cheaper and practically indestructable. The brand is Focalink.
I now had my ocarina “start-kit”. Though I didn’t practice much at the start. Being shy and living in a dormitory with several experienced instrument players, I only practiced when I was home for the weekend or holidays. And so was the beginning of my journey into playing the ocarina. I had found a hobby I much enjoy.