Hello everyone!

I am already learning an instrument (the Koto) that takes most of my pocket money, but I really want to bring Irish Trad more into my life by changing from a long-time listener to a first-time player!

Since in reality I can't afford to learn two instruments, I decided to take up the whistle. But not only for that reason, I ADORE the sound!! If I get anywhere with it is like to try the Irish flute too.

I can't afford much in the way of lessons, but I thought maybe once a month? Maybe I can do that! Are there any female teachers teaching via Skype?

I am hoping for a female teacher because my husbands English isn't fluent, so it saves me a headache worrying about misunderstandings language and culture wise to have women teachers. Plus we can have a bit of girl chat right? lol

I hope someone might be able to help me! I'm shopping for my first whistle now, pouring over recommendations and seeing what I can afford.

A final thing to keep in mind is I live in Japan so I hope a time can be worked out. A lot against me but worst case ill try to learning my own by mimicking and watching videos on YouTube.

Thanks so much!!!

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Hi Evyn!

Cool!  What a coincidence!  If you will be patient, I am getting a webcam and setting up for Skype.  I already have an account. 

You can sample my whistling on my Tradconnect page, or go to Smitty's Kitchen's website, http://smittyskitchenmusic.com/ .  I was trained my Michael Copeland, the world-famous Irish flute and whistle craftsman, and by Dennis Gormley, of McDermott's Handy.  Michael and I are good friends and record together.

How many hrs. are you ahead of us here in NJ?  I am home most of the time....I teach piano lessons at home, and at a music school part time, so I'm sure we can work out a time.


Cynthia Smith

Hi Cynthia,

Nice to meet you!! That's exiting your going to offer lessons! Should we chat about it in a private messege or here? I looked and I think I'm 13 hours ahead of you, as of now it should be a little after 3:00am your time and its a little after 4:00pm here! Are you okay with me being a "cheapie" and only taking monthly lessons? I'm kind of pushing my hobby boundaries adding in the Tin Whistle but I love connecting to Irish Trad! I already figured out a couple Irish tunes on my Koto. Haha

May I add you as a friend on Trad Connect and maybe we could chat about it? I hope I can afford you! You sound like a great whistle player! ^_^



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