My 13 year old son has been wanting an ocarina for some time now. He asked for one maybe six months ago, and has come back and asked again. I know he wants this badly. He has talked to his band teacher about it (my son plays the alto and baritone saxophones). His teacher told him the challenge would be in the fingering, because the ocarina takes less air to play. I talked to the band teacher at my school and she said they are really just a toy, he'd have fun with it.
My concern is I really don't know anything about ocarinas. It is a flute-like instrument from mid-evil times. My son knows about this instrument as the instrument used on some Zelda games. Now, I don't play video games (I can't understand them--really), but my husband has judged this game to be acceptable for our son. So, ignorant to both Zelda games and the ocarina I wanted to ask the opinion of others.
I guess I am asking if anyone knows of anything evil that ocarinas are associated with? It seems like a neat instrument that my son can really have some fun with.