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Flute Lessons From OAIM

Many styles of Irish flute playing have developed over the decades - the breathy styles of Leitrim, the bouncy Belfast sounds and the smooth fluid style of East Galway.  OAIM presents basic courses for the complete beginner given by Kirsten Allstaff and Steph Geremia. You can expand your repertoire with Majella Bartley's Fleadh Tunes for the Flute course, or challenge yourself with the technical wizardry of Lunasa's Kevin Crawford and the idiosyncratic Niall Keegan! 


OAIM Flute Courses

Flute Basics

This course is aimed at the absolute beginner flute player. It begins with a series of six free lessons then progresses through to the twelve main subscription lessons. How to hold the instrument with proper hand, lip and finger posture will be demonstrated and explained in the first of the six free lessons, along with the scales of D and G. Other basic fundaments that Steph will address include: how to create space in a tune to breath, breath technique, articulation, ornamentation, flute maintenance and how to gain clarity of tone in both the high and low register. Throughout the [.. Read More]

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Flute Foundations

This course is aimed at the flautist who already knows how to play the flute but who wants to improve on the basic foundations of their playing. These foundations include ornamentation, tone, intonation and breath. Tunes taught will be picked from the repertoire of common session tunes enabling the learning flautist to go to a local session and join in with confidence knowing that he/she will have tunes in common with other musicians. Each lesson will focus on a specific element of flute playing and appropriate exercises will be given. The taught technique will then be applied to the weeks [.. Read More]

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Flute Progressions

This course has been designed to follow on from Kirsten's previous course titled 'Flute Foundations'. The aim of the course is to take flute players whom have already mastered the basics of tone production, ornamentation and intonation up to the next level of playing. The 'building blocks' that were introduced in 'Flute Foundations' will be expanded upon. Focus will be placed on more advanced ornamentation: the crann, the short roll and the bounce. Phrasing and breathing will also feature as will the use of the G# key. It is not a prerequisite to have a keyed flute for this course; [.. Read More]

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Irish Flute Skills

Irish Flute Skills is Kirsten's third OAIM flute course. The lessons are designed to follow on from her previous courses Flute Foundations and Flute Progressions. She continues to explore ways of articulating, phrasing and ornamenting popular session tunes and presents exercises to aid tone, embouchure and breath control. Each video lesson is accompanied by downloadable notation and MP3’s. Throughout the course, Kirsten teaches thirteen tunes including Reels: The Kilmaley Reel, The Peaceful Green Groves, Jim O’Donogues, Lady Ann Montogomery’s and The Mullinavat, Jigs: The Holly Bush, Garret Barry’s, and The Rookery, Waltz: ’The Munster Cloak’, Barndance: Pearl O’Shaughnessy’s and Slides: [.. Read More]

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Fleadh Tunes For The Flute

You may be wondering 'What is a Fleadh tune'?  The Fleadh Cheoil (Festival of Music) is an Irish music competition organised by Comhaltas.  There are county, provincial and 'all-Ireland' levels of competition that take place in Britain, N. America and Ireland.  These all lead to the grand final 'The All Ireland Fleadh' which takes place in Ireland each August.  In this course, Majella teaches suitable tunes for flute competitors at the fleadh.  However, this course is geared not only towards Fleadh competitors, but also at any flute player who wants to learn tunes best suited to the instrument. The course [.. Read More]

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Irish Flute Technique

The course 'Advanced Flute Technique' is aimed at the more experienced flute learner. In it, Kevin guides the student through a myriad of cranns, rolls, triplets, back-stitch triplets, key-work and cuts. One of the main themes of the course is articulation; Kevin constantly refers to throat articulation as a means of accentuating the rhythm of the tunes and demonstrates again and again how to use glottal-stops to attack the notes for percussive effect. Although the techniques taught in this course are challenging technically, many of the tunes taught are also suitable for the less advanced player. A keyed flute (or [.. Read More]

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Expert Irish Flute Technique

The course 'Expert Irish Flute Technique' is aimed at the more advanced flute player who would like to specifically target and develop technique in the context of ten tunes. Students will address ornamentation, leaning more complex forms and attempt a greater density of ornamental practice. They will also be introduced to a number of different forms of articulation and techniques of emphasis and duration as well as examining strategies for variation and approaches to phrasing. Students will also specifically target the use of keys through the adaption of known repertoire and will also be introduced to exercises to engage develop [.. Read More]

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Welcome to OAIM
Online Academy of Irish Music

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