I've been meaning to post this for a while now but never got around to it. I was at the St. Kilda Market and I came across a stall that sold pendant ocarinas. Much to my partner's dismay I HAD to get one. Having been a massive fan of Pokemon (in particular the Pokemon 2000 Movie) and Zelda: Ocarina of Time in my childhood, there was something very fantastical about the ocarina.
The one I got was a smaller pendant ocarina, rather than the larger ones used in Pokemon and Zelda and I have to admit I struggle to get it to sound quite so magical. Nevertheless I have been practicing with the little booklet that came with it and can play My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean, We Three Kings and Amazing Grace. I also found some sites with user submitted scores and so of course I'm learning all the songs from Zelda.
I've been semi working on a solo dance work that uses themes and ideas from my childhood and so I have been thinking about incorporating playing the ocarina into it ... I'll have to get a lot better at it though. I think I may buy one of the larger ones too ... a friend gave me the site of a reputable ocarina maker.
The scores (above) are really easy to follow too because they are visual representations of what holes you need to cover with your fingers (a black spot means cover that hole and the fifth middle hole means you have to remove your thumb from the bottom hole, which is usually always covered).