Rival to the recorder;Reviews
Instruments, books and CD-Roms for musical youths The ocarina is a venerable, respectable instrument. In principle it is like a recorder - a mouthpiece, and finger holes for different notes. Instead of being straight, though, the body is fat and round. This makes it pleasant to hold and has the added acoustic advantage of eliminating the "squeak" that occasionally punishes the beginner on the recorder.
For many years David and Christa Liggins have promoted the ocarina in school workshops. At the basis of their work is their own "Poly-oc", a plastic classroom ocarina developed by them to be the best compromise between price, durability, tone, and ease of playing. Worn round the neck on a neat cord, it has four holes producing 11 notes. It comes with a starter book, and the beginner is playing tunes, with good tone, within the first session.
Contact David and Christa Liggins, Ocarina Workshop, PO Box 56, Kettering, Northants NN15 5LX.01536 485963