Niall O'Riordan

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Niall Two Week Technique Plan

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (17)

Ok everybody! Lots of people want to join together for a TWO WEEK TECHNIQUE INTENSIVE, here is the routine I propose with a Video tutorial below. Make it your own, have fun and enjoy. Repeat the cycle as much as you want 1-3 hours a day depending.

Official start this Monday!!! Lets do this ..........



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Posture: Building a Complete Perspective part 2

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (1)

The Self-Image

‘Each one of us sp...

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Posture: Building a Complete Perspective part 1

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

"Faulty po...

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Elegant Virtuosity- The French Flute School

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Here in England we are all a bit obsessed with the French school. Seriously, I think we are, more than the French! But I don't think we have a complete picture. In fact, if you really want to have a global impression of this school of playing there is much more investigation to be done.

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Flutes: To Cover or Uncover.....THAT is the Question

Posted on June 6, 2012 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (1)




How set your flute up and how much of the embouchure hole you cover is a very personal thing and I most definitely don't want to preach to you in this post about the right or wrong way. I simply don't believe there is a right way, we are all different and it is individual in the end of the day. But I will, if I may, share my experiences and my observations.


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Gold Powell Flute for $900! How times have changed

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (1)

On the 18th April 1928 the first 14K gold Powell flute was completed. In those days one would set you back $900. How times have changed!


I find examining Verne Q Powell’s original brochure which you can find here fascinating.


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Sir James on Buliding a Career

Posted on June 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Sir James Galway shares advice on with Yahoo group Galway-Flute-Chat on building a career.


Dear Friends from the Italian class in the villa Medici Guilini,

I wish to write to you about repertoire and how to start a career.

In all the classes I teach I have students playing the big concerti and pieces written primarily for flute and large orchestras. While I am very happy to teach ...

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Out of the Shadows

Posted on June 2, 2012 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I strongly feel the greatest musicians also experience the most fear as they grow. Our system rewards Left Brain approach and I think the truly creative Right Brainers can slip through the net. I did. The intellectuals v's the creatives Some find a way through, but sadly some don't. I think the fear which stops them and which stopped me for many years is because they know they have something really special to share. Something new and different. Not succeeding would be just too painful so some...

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French Flute School

Posted on May 28, 2012 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (1)

I am really enjoying examining and studying the old French Flute method books 1800-1860. That is: Pre Altes, Taffanel Gaubert and Moyse. They are all so systematic; they cover everything in your training that eventually leads towards really good Fluteplaying. Altes, Taffanel Gaubert and Moyse extended this even further. I think the exam system we have now is a bit of a joke compared to the training that our ancestors had. There is too much focus on 'fun' ....isn’t music fun anyway espec...

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Alternative Fingerings & More

Posted on May 28, 2012 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Find alternative fingerings, micro tones and multiphonics on this fantastic tool.

Its easy to use and a great resource. I really like how players have given feedback on  the fingerings, which flute the play and which piece they needed them for!!


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British Flute Society Workshop 24 March 2012

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)


I am really looking forward to working with Marie, she is a fantastic coach. This workshop is not to be missed!!

Evening recital 7 July 2011

Posted on May 31, 2011 at 6:53 PM Comments comments (0)

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

Posted on December 4, 2010 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (1)



I have been applying principals from ‘The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success’ by Deepak Chopra to my life but also trying to apply it directly to my playing. It might be interesting to explore this further in this blog.


First Law:


The Law of Pure Potential...

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Little Poem

Posted on December 3, 2010 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)



I found this entry in my journal from 2008, I thought it was quite simple and sweet. I use the term God in the broadest sense. For me this is simply the supreme universal energy, you could substitute it for whichever term connects with y...

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The Core

Posted on December 3, 2010 at 12:56 PM Comments comments (0)

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Some interesting thoughts about our 'core'. What we really mean when we use the term, do we mean an actual a physical part of us?

A Poem for all Musicians

Posted on July 11, 2008 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Flautists Poem

By Niall O'Riordan


I blow and express what's deep inside,

I blow with joy of God beside,

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Our Relationship with Time

Posted on August 29, 2007 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I read a very interesting article today in a yoga magazine about our relationship with time. It really got me thinking how a musician relates to time. After all, it is the medium which music exists. I think most of us struggle with time management.  Ideally we should not be in constant battle with it and search for a happier relationship. How many occasions have we said 'I wish I had more time'. I think a good step is to accept ...

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