EBPP Music Team’s November Workshops – Developing Guitar & Performing Skills

By Elia Simantov

Members of the music team listen attentively as Bang explains to them about the basics of playing a solo on the guitar.

Op vrijdag, 26th November, EBPP’S music team came to our Denpasar office for a hands-on weekend workshop to immerse them in many new and valuable training and musical experiences in order to enhance their instructional and creative development. Our music team consists of four young musicians from our mountain village of Desa Ban who never had access to any professional musical training before we started our music program in February 2010.

David Booth and I briefed the music team on the different activities, and discussed important issues, such as curriculum and scheduling. After lunch, our good friend Mas Bambang Sri Handoko, a brilliant singer and guitar player, who prefers to be calledBang”, gave an excellent guitar-technique and theory class. With his careful and diligent instruction, our team were very soon playing improvised guitar solos, with Bang playing the professional musical background. After the five hour class, Bang explained the basics of musical notation and about the musical stave to our excited music team.

Bang makes sure that everyone understands and can play the appropriate scales correctly.

In the evening our music team and some EBPP staff went to the Sanur “Seafarer’s Club” where One Dollar voor Muziek fundament (www.onedollarformusic.com) held its third MusiCampur musical event, in which local young musician are given a chance to perform and get some live music experience on stage. It was important for us to expose our team to this event, with the goal of them performing there in the future. Our team observed two live bands performing during this evening: Emergency Exit en Dialog Dini Hari. Clearly, they were in awe and driven to improve their skills and sounds so that THEY can perform there in the future!

On Saturday 27th morning, we arrived at the ODFM offices in Sanur for the training workshop, a vital part of the weekend’s activities. Raoul Wijffels, ODFM founder, started the workshop by discussing with the music team how they can teach their students in the EBPP schools in Ban a variety of musical concepts, by using simple songs and performing them together with the students in class. In this way,the students experience the musical concepts first-hand, and are in touch with music-making, and not just withmusic studiesrelating to theoretical terminology. This fits perfectly with the EBPP philosophy of “leren door te doen,en”!

Bang and Wayan play together after the workshop at the EBPP Cegi School.

The music team was thrilled to hear that the next part of the workshop was about the bass guitar, as we bought our first acoustic bass guitar just a few weeks ago. They seemed astounded to hear from Wira, one of ODFM’s training team and a professional bass player with the Balinese rock band Hanamura, about the multitude of variations that can be derived from bass playing in different contexts. Hij en Raoul legde ook uit om ons team over het belang van usingthe correcte aanwezigheid van stem en charisma tijdens het uitvoeren van op het podium, en hoe dit kan worden verbeterd.

Tegen het einde van de dag kon ik zien dat de muziek team was erg tevreden met de waardevolle kennis die zij ontvangen. We zijn allemaal wachten angstig om te zien hoe theywill zet deze kennis in de praktijk in onze scholen, als onze jonge studenten zijn zeer enthousiast om te gaan met de nieuwe muziek klassen zijn ze gaan houden tijdens de laatste paar maanden!

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