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From 20-26 of May 2013 in Birži, Sala district happened Lifelong
Learning program “Gruntvig” workshops – acquiring folk music and
instrument playing skills for people with no preliminary experience.
Workshops were implemented according to the plan, which was approved
before. Main activities:
The selected musical instrument (violin, mandolin, kokle) play training
by established training methods for folk musicians;
Introduction to the most important folk music instruments (kokle,
violin, mandolin, folk zither, harmonica, tambourine) and their place in
traditional playing of music, demonstration of traditional playing
Creation of some simple musical instruments (bark whistle, reed pipes,
Traditional dance practice of Baltic dances and dance evening;
Playing in music ensemble – practical learning of participant (Latvian,
Czech, Slovenian) prepared repertoire and performing in folk music
celebration in Jēkabpils;
Study trip – meeting with folk music group “Vīteri” and visiting folk
music instrument museum in Gaigalava.
In addition, the participants were put in regular socialization
activities. Also national evenings were realized, where participants
introduced with culture and traditional music of their countries. In
addition to the selected instrument, participants had the opportunity to
learn another instrument (also harmonica and tambourine) playing techniques.
Together with 18 participants from EU, 6 participants from Latvia also
took part in the workshops, in addition they did some volunteering work
– helped to organize instrument playing classes and daily life of
participants, led socialization activities and national evenings.
The participants of the workshops improved their knowledge and insight
of the specifics of folk music and the availability of its acquisition
for any interested person. Also, the participants mastered basics of the
chosen instrument playing skills and the training methods for further
development. Won collective musicianship and public performance
experience, as well as cross cultural experience and knowledge of the
traditional music and culture of other countries.

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