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SKU S-162505

Prima Balalaika

$199.99 $160.00
Product specification details
SKU S-162505
Additional Information Scale length: 17.32'' (44 cm)
Set neck
Soundboard - spruce
Body - plastic - 11.8x17.72'' (30х45 cm)
3 strings

Balalaika is a Russian stringed musical instrument, one of the symbols of Russian culture. Balalaikas are often used for Russian folk music and dancing. The exact origins of the balalaika are unknown. However, it is commonly agreed that it descended from the domra, an instrument from the Caucasus region of Russia. 

This classical balalaika is a great instrument for beginner-musicians, who want to learn and master Russian folk music. This balalaika makes a great memorable gift to a musician and a collector of unusual things and all things Russia.

• Scale length: 17.32'' (44 cm)
• Set neck
• Soundboard - spruce
• Body - plastic - 11.8x17.72'' (30х45 cm)

How to Play the Balalaika

The balalaika is a three-stringed triangular-shaped hollow wooden musical instrument, widely used in Russian traditional folk music. The sounds evoked from this instrument embody the character of the Russian people, reflect the essence of the famous “Russian soul” and are filled with the bitter sweetness as well as light sadness. The peasants made fun of the authoritative figures with the help of original witty songs accompanied by balalaika – so, at certain point, the instrument was even banned for a time in history. Take a chance on your musical skills, balalaika is easy to play! Dive into the soulful Russian music from the past!

It can be compared to playing a guitar - use the thumb and index finger of your left hand to hold the instrument. Hold the balalaika close to your chest with the body of the instrument resting under your right arm and the corner between your knees.

Strum under the soundboard near the neck, closer to the middle of balalaika where you see the little opening in the body of the instrument.

Relax your hand, wrist and forearm, and strum from the elbow, brushing the edge of your thumb or tip of your index finger against the strings.

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