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Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« on: February 21, 2018, 01:54:03 PM »
I do. I'm working on fixing it up. More to come. :)
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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2018, 02:33:56 PM »
First repair. New tuning keys. I did have to modify the holes to accept the replacements I found.


 

 
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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2018, 02:46:14 PM »
A proper cleaning before restringing. I actually found strings online for 6 bucks. I need to figure out what do do about how the strings come around the end. It appears from the finish shadow there is something missing. The last strings were pegged without it, cutting into the instrument.



 

 

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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2018, 03:48:24 PM »
Cool! I don't have one of those but I do have a 3 string McNally Strumstick

I admit at first I was hesitant to click on this thread thinking it was something you would have see a doctor for, but because of the preview feature I could see that it looked safe to view. ;D


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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2018, 04:53:31 PM »
Does that mean you are going to strum that thing at the next pig roast?
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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2018, 05:02:09 PM »
Dont rule it out, especially if you show up to do a russian squat dance!
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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2018, 07:09:59 PM »
Google balalaika tailpiece, got several hits, also bridges. Cool find, happily the tone hole is small .

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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2018, 07:23:17 PM »
Tammy got it for me at a junk shop in bay city a few weeks ago.
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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2018, 07:43:42 PM »
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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2018, 07:59:48 PM »
My star student! :D
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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2018, 08:41:47 PM »
And I thought this was going to be about Greek pastry. Or a winter hat. 
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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2018, 08:52:12 PM »
Wow!! That Victor fella(Jeff’s star pupil) can sure play that thing. Nice sounding unit. Looking forward to a YouTube of Jeff playing the balalaika version of “I work Everyday Down At  The Sawmill” 😄
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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2018, 08:54:18 PM »
How about "Mercy on a poorboy"?

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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2018, 06:28:23 AM »
My star student! :D
You're evidently a gifted teacher, but if he can't play Cluck Old Hen it's all Russian and Greek to me
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« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2018, 07:49:50 AM »
All I could think of was Thunder struck when Alexey was playing so I googled it and of coarse its been done.


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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2018, 04:22:44 PM »
Now playable! I used a small piece of suede snitched from Tammy's sewing room for the strings to fit around the end.


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« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2018, 04:30:05 PM »
Hey, I have seen that Russian Fiddle cradle before.  ;D
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« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2018, 08:55:49 PM »
I found this to be extremely entertaining, I think there's one of them Balalaika's in this woodsey didy  ENJOY and turn it up.        Lazerdan     hope it works ??


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« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2018, 09:05:59 PM »
That was awesome!!
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« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2018, 09:27:39 PM »
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« Reply #20 on: February 24, 2018, 10:52:21 PM »
Well, let's hear it, Jeff!😁
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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« Reply #21 on: February 24, 2018, 11:14:40 PM »
I've been messing with it. Its a handy little thing. I have a place by my living room chair where I can just reach over and pick it up.  It is very different than a guitar or mandolin. Only 3 strings and two are tuned identical. They are played differently as well. Lots of thumb fretting that you see rarely in guitar playing. Hopefully I'll ;earn a tune I can share to show how it sounds. Not how I sound. ;)
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« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2018, 02:39:55 PM »
Well, after a few minutes of messing with it here and there, I can get a tune out of it. I've not tried to much cord progression, just trying to get the note layout down. Still pretty shaky on That!

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« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2018, 03:14:10 PM »
 8)  Pretty DanG good!
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« Reply #24 on: February 28, 2018, 03:56:30 PM »
You would fit right in at the Georgia Project.
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« Reply #25 on: March 04, 2018, 11:46:30 AM »
Well, after a few minutes of messing with it here and there, I can get a tune out of it. I've not tried to much cord progression, just trying to get the note layout down. Still pretty shaky on That!


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« Reply #26 on: March 21, 2018, 10:58:25 PM »
I'm really taking a liking to this instrument, although I may have to upgrade some day as this one is pretty flimsy of construction. Quite the weak neck and very hard to keep in tune.

I've made a break through!  I think at times I am now playing more right notes than wrong notes! :) smiley_guitarist
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« Reply #27 on: March 21, 2018, 11:20:28 PM »
You're off to a great start. Do you think that suede has a deadening effect on the sound?  Is there supposed to be a bridge there instead?  Thanks for sharing, until now, I didn't know balalaikas existed.

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« Reply #28 on: March 22, 2018, 05:54:49 PM »
Maybe one of the guitar builders can make you a new one.  :)
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« Reply #29 on: March 22, 2018, 06:08:48 PM »
That would be cool, cept they probably would want this one for a pattern and I won't give it up. :D  I'm constantly picking it up. :)  Maybe its a collusion thing. ;)
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« Reply #30 on: March 22, 2018, 06:24:24 PM »
That would be cool, cept they probably would want this one for a pattern and I won't give it up. :D  I'm constantly picking it up. :)  Maybe its a collusion thing. ;)
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« Reply #31 on: March 23, 2018, 12:41:07 PM »
I was going to do a short video of my progression, but Harley keeps dropping the camera, and I go brain dead.
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« Reply #32 on: March 25, 2018, 09:41:25 AM »
Still trying to figure it out. Thumbs play a big roll in playing this thing.

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« Reply #33 on: March 25, 2018, 02:38:19 PM »
Sure sounds to me like you're getting it figured out pretty darn fast!  :)

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« Reply #34 on: March 26, 2018, 03:00:39 PM »
Jeff, I can see where Alexey picked up his skills! :D

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« Reply #35 on: July 21, 2018, 06:00:38 PM »
Been awhile since I've posted any updates on trying to teach myself how to play the Balalaika. Watch at your own peril.

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« Reply #36 on: August 13, 2018, 09:59:48 AM »
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« Reply #37 on: September 14, 2018, 03:40:44 PM »
Still learning.

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« Reply #38 on: September 14, 2018, 05:35:18 PM »
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« Reply #39 on: September 14, 2018, 07:35:13 PM »
And here is to your health also.  ;D
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« Reply #40 on: September 14, 2018, 09:07:31 PM »
Thanks :D

I just thought that song needed a little Russian cheer at the end. ;D

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« Reply #41 on: September 14, 2018, 10:18:37 PM »
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« Reply #42 on: September 16, 2018, 11:33:34 AM »
I read this comment that applies here(modified somewhat for this application) , on a music forum I frequent. 

A 93 year old balalaika player was asked how much he practises....He replied "About 2 hours a day." He then was  asked "At your age, why do you practise so much?"  He replied..."I think Im making progress"  ;D


Also, playing/practising any musical instrument involves interaction between hearing, physical movement(fretting etc),emotional response(liking/disliking what you hear/create),memory functions among a bunch of other stuff that gives the brain a serious workout and helps with things like slowing/stopping dementia etc. The experts say, when you play a musical instrument, your brain neuron pathways light up like a Christmas tree. Keep at it Jeff. The progress is evident in the videos..



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« Reply #43 on: September 16, 2018, 02:57:40 PM »
Jeff has made much progress since February.  thumbs-up
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