dinsdag 12 mei 2009

Reaction of others


When playing or when carrying the flute, the reactions the flute elicits are quite various. Mostly people are curious and want to know what it is you are holding or playing. They seem quite interested! More so than my experience is with a more common instrument. Then there is the name of this flute 'shakuhachi', not a name which has a real pleasant ring to it. The reaction to the sound is more even: people like it and associate it with relaxing or spiritual, zenlike music. -or people are polite- :). the shrill tones of the kan register-practise aren't always relaxing!
The most enthousiastic reaction though is from children, they are quite direct and want to try themselves immediatly, just to give up short thereafter finding out it is impossible for them to make a sound. Fortunately there is the plastic flute, which can be washed of saliva.
Here above a picture of Januari this year, during skiing in Austria. With that 2 children hanging around while I practised.

2 opmerkingen:

a feng zei

Cute post. My daughter (who is just over a year old) is fascinated by the shakuhachi and always tries to play it. Failing that, she likes to walk around dragging it behind her or use it to hit the table. Fortunately it's a Yuu, and practically indestructible.

Bas Nijenhuis zei

thanks, another child, who visited some time ago, she was 3 to 4 years and used the Yuu as a walking stick! Fortunately she was not banging the utaguchi on the floor :)