I've been sick for an entire month, from around the end of April to the end of May, and have only just regained my voice last week, so I immediately set to filming this and another video for you guys. Some other more personal things happened between the Seattle Flute Festival and when I first got sick, but I'll spare you guys those boring details.
So this flute festival was quite a different experience for me, as I've always been part of the crowd that peruses flutes and piccolos for fun and attends seminars and masterclasses at these events. This time, I was behind the booth, and man, it's fun!
If you like to talk. ;)
It's fun to talk with all the different flutists out there looking for flutes. Some people know exactly what they're looking for. Others want to learn about new flute technology. And still others are just so overwhelmed with flutes that they don't know where to start looking first.
That last set of people are my personal favourite to talk to. I didn't get to mention it in this video, since it would have made the video a little too long, but there was this young lady who meandered by our booth and looked a little lost. So I went up to her and asked her what she was looking for. She told me that she had just started playing the flute for 3 months, and her teacher just told her to "look around" at the Seattle Flute Festival.
I quickly became aware that EVERYTHING in the room was new to her.
So I walked her through what the differences between beginner, intermediate, and professional flutes were, what the piccolo, alto flute, and bass flute were, and helped her through trying the different flutes so she could feel the differences.
The most rewarding part was when her dad came by some time after she had left the booth to tell me that I had made his daughter's day. She had come in the room completely overwhelmed and extremely nervous, and apparently I helped her loosen up, enjoy the flutes, and go back to her dad with a huge smile on her face.
I often think about how I wished someone took the time to walk me through all the different kinds of flutes out there when I was younger. I always try to be that person to the younger flutists coming along this journey behind me.
Sometimes, all it takes is 10 minutes to make someone's day and inspire them to explore. :)