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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:10 am 
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Hello Folks...Conal Ó Gráda here.

Just thought I'd remind you that I have been doing Skype lessons all over Ireland and all over the world (west to California and East to Inner Mongolia!) for a number of years now. If you'd like to find out more about these you can get in touch with me at ogradaconal@gmail.com

I hope you all stay safe in these fraught times.

Anú Abú
Conal


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:16 am 
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Oh, :o I didn't know you where a member here! Part of my next paycheck (will take two weeks however) is already reserved to get both your CDs and the tutorial book (I hope the postal system still works by then)! And I already recommended your site to people looking for online-lessons. How cool! Just recently a member here (pancelticpiper aka Richard Cook) recommended your playing to me and I have been listening to not much else ever since. I also learned the "churchstreet polka" from your recording but my wife dislikes polkas :D . Reminds her of the accordion-playing of her granddad (which obviously she didn't much enjoy, even though she plays accordion herself). If I am ever in the market for online lessons -- you will definitely be my first choice. But at the moment I am happily tooting away on my own with my homemade flute...
BTW -- what flute(s) do you play currently?


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I just had my first lesson with Conal. It was perfectly challenging and we covered a lot of territory. I'm looking forward to my next one. Thank you Conal. I found it was a great way to spend time while in isolation up in the mountains waiting out the Pandemic...Stay safe and healthy


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:10 am 
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I can say from personal experience the book and cd's are a great investment. Conal explains the WHY of so many of the techniques. We've all been told the HOW but somehow Conal just "joins up the dots" to make simple sense of the challenge. Good luck

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Oh, :o I didn't know you where a member here! Part of my next paycheck (will take two weeks however) is already reserved to get both your CDs and the tutorial book (I hope the postal system still works by then)! And I already recommended your site to people looking for online-lessons. How cool! Just recently a member here (pancelticpiper aka Richard Cook) recommended your playing to me and I have been listening to not much else ever since. I also learned the "churchstreet polka" from your recording but my wife dislikes polkas :D . Reminds her of the accordion-playing of her granddad (which obviously she didn't much enjoy, even though she plays accordion herself). If I am ever in the market for online lessons -- you will definitely be my first choice. But at the moment I am happily tooting away on my own with my homemade flute...
BTW -- what flute(s) do you play currently?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:13 am 
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Thanks -- that's good to know. I am very much looking forward to it. So far I don't really have any teaching material. Except for the little "Walton Set" with CD.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:59 pm 
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Just another thumb's-up for Conal's tutor book with CD. I bought all the available "Irish" flute tutor books when I started, and Conal's is the one that helped me the most, and that I occasionally refer back to.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 2:59 pm 
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Sounds great. I hope I don't have to read notes however? Everything is also on the CD, right?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:22 pm 
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Yes, if you don't read dots the examples are also in audio on the CD.

There is also a very valuable section at the end of the book, where he talks about how to train yourself to listen and learn from the example of top players, with analysis and examples of their recordings on the CD.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:32 pm 
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Yes, I saw that in the description on the homepage. That part interests me the most.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:47 am 
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The only good thing to come out of the Covid19 crisis is that my flute playing is improving.

I had another great lesson via Zoom with Conal. It is truly amazing that I can have access to such a fine flute instructor all the way on the other side of the Atlantic in real time. It also helps to have plenty of time to practice.

Trying to keep optimistic, as a person shut in by the Pandemic.

Thanks Conal!


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