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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« 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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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« 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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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2018, 03:14:10 PM »
 8)  Pretty DanG good!
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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« 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!


Allrighty!!! Nice tone! And you have the ear to find non dissonant notes. You'll be changin your name to Razzputin in no time 
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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« 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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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« 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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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« 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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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« 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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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« 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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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« 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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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« 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 »
I'm impressed 
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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 »
za tva-j zda-r-vye!!

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Re: Does anyone have a Balalaika?
« Reply #39 on: September 14, 2018, 07:35:13 PM »
And here is to your health also.  ;D
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