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            Balalaika Balalayka Балалайка

            Russian musical instrument Balalaika (Russian: БАЛАЛАЙКА) is also sometimes spelled as "BALALAYKA". Description of balalaika, balalaika video, pictures, history, lessons, free balalaika music mp3 download, balalaika videos, list of balalaika players, orchestras and bands, handmade balalaikas for sale, manufactured balalaikas for sale, , balalaika virtuoso performances, Russian Balalaika Polyphonic Ringtones Free Downloads, contrabass Balalaika, Balalayka Bass, and "Balalaika player’s Christmas Diary" written by Mikhail Smirnov.

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            BALALAIKA VIDEOS

            Russian folk song "Valenki" (Felt Boots)

            Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar).

            "Felt Boots" - "Valenki" - "Валенки"


            "Kamarinskaia" - "Камаринская"


            Somewhere My Love Lara's theme from "Dr. Zhivago" motion picture


            Balalaika Music Medley

            Recorded during Troika Festival in Erie, Pennsylvania on May 29th, 2011. Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar, vocal)


            Elina Karokhina and ensemble Barynya Album 2011
            "Jewish Valenki" (Russian: «Еврейские Валенки»)

            Ensemble Barynya Album 2011Jewish Valenki. Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina and Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya 2011 compact disk album "Jewish Valenki" (Russian: «Еврейские Валенки»). Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar, vocals).

            01. Gypsy Medley.mp3
            02. The Moon Is Shining.mp3
            03. Kalinka.mp3
            04. Jewish Valenki.mp3
            05. I Met You.mp3
            06. Kamarinskaya.mp3
            07. Bruk's Medley.mp3
            08. Dr.Zhivago Lara.mp3
            09. Ural's Dance.mp3
            10. WWII Medley.mp3
            11. Jewish Medley.mp3
            12. Polonaise.mp3
            13. Rondo Alla Turca.mp3
            14. Chardash.mp3
            15. MY Husband Forsed Me.mp3
            16. Semyonovna.mp3
            17. Mountan Ash Tree.mp3
            18. Paganini.mp3
            19. Schnittke.mp3
            20. Sailors' Dance.mp3
            21. Two Guitars.mp3

            More mp3 balalaika music from this album

            Duo Russian Balalaika Alex Siniavski and Misha Smirnov
            Russian Balalaika Duo from Philadelphia, Pennsilvania performs Russian Ukrainian, Russian Gypsy music and songs on balalaikas, guitars, and garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion) at any kind of events.

            Balalaika (balalayka) description

            Balalaika is Russian folk guitar with triangular body shape. The back of balalaika is slightly bowed. Three strings run from the tuning pins over the metal frets on the neck across soundboard and secured on the base of the instrument. Sometimes one can find six string balalaika, usually it is tuned exactly like regular three strings instrument.

            Balalayka strings

            Often people email us with question where do we get Balalayka strings. Answer provided by Alex Siniavski, balalaika virtuoso and director of Russian music and dance ensemble "Barynya": For the first (A) balalaika string you can use any first (E) steel guitar string .011 diameter, for 2nd and 3rd balalaika (E) strings you can use 3rd (G) nylon guitar strings

            Balalayka question

            Hello, dear balalaika professionals, fans and friends! Our friend who owns this balalaika wants to know who, when and why made this balalaika. To see more pictures please click the image on the left. If you have an idea how old this instrument might be, where it was made and who was the master, please post your reply or opinion to GOOGLE BALALAIKA GROUP or email me. Thank you! Mikhail Smirnov, Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya from New York.

            Balalaika Variations "The Moon Is Shining Brightly"

            Variations on Russian folk song: "The Moon Is Shining Brightly" (sometimes translated as "The New Moon is Lighting") written by the "Father of Russian Balalaika" Vasily Vasileyevich Andreyev (1861-1918) is so popular it was even mentioned in Michail Bulgakov's book "The heart of a dog":
            Someone was hard at work playing a rousing tune on the balalaika two rooms away and the sound of a series of intricate variations on 'The Moon is Shining' mingled in Philip Philipovich's head with the words of the sickening newspaper article. When he had read it he pretended to spit over his shoulder and hummed absentmindedly through his teeth: ' "The moo-oon is shining . . . shining bright . . . the moon is shining . . ." God, that damned tune's on my brain!'... read more

            The Balalaika Tutorial online

            Famous Russian balalaika virtuoso . Below you can see two samples - short intro into the course, and lesson 6 - tremolo.

            Balalaika Lessons Tutorial DVD Intro

            Balalaika Lesson 6 - Tremolo

            The full list of Balalaika Lessons

            1. Introduction 2. Tuning 3. Strumming 4. Thumb Pizzicato 5. Pizzicato Vibrato 6. Double Pizzicato 7. Single Pizzicato 8. Tremolo 9. The Rolls 10. Left Hand Position 11. Learning a Song 12. Scales 13. Basic Chords 14. The Folk Balalaika

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            The most popular Russian songs and dances sheet music

            A very useful book for musicians who play Russian gigs made available by balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavski.

               

            List of songs available as of Dec 28, 2008:
            Along the Mourom Road - Na muromskoy dorozhke
            Along the Piterskaya Road - Vdol’ po piterskoj
            Autumn Slumber - Osennij son
            Birds Fly 天津彩票官方开奖 - Domoj vozvrashchayutsya ptitzy
            Birds Take Wing - Letyat perelyotnye ptitzy
            Black Cat - Chyorny kot
            Blue Kerchief - Sinij platochek
            Chick is Roasted - Tzyplyonok zharenyj
            Clouds Over The City - Tuchi nad gorodom vstali
            Coachman, Hold Your Horses - Yamshchik, ne goni loshadej
            Cranes - Zhuravli
            Czardas - Chardash
            Dark Eyes - Ochi chernye
            Dark Night - Tyomnaya noch’
            Daydreams - Vals “Gryozy”
            Evening Song - Vechernyaya pesnya
            Exhausted Sun - Utomlyonnoe solntze
            Felt Boots - Valenki
            Friendship - Kogda prostym i nezhnym vzorom
            Frost, O Frost - Oj, moroz, moroz
            Gentlemen of Fortune - Dzhentel’meny udachi
            Heart On the Snow - Serdtze na snegu
            Hey, Coachman, Take Me to the Yar - Ey, yamshchik, goni-ka k Yaru
            Hopak - Gopak
            In Dugout Shelter - V zemlyanke
            In the Smithy - Vo kuznitze
            In the Wood Near the Front - V lesu prifrontovom
            It Is Not the Wind - To ne veter
            Kalinka
            Katyusha
            Kostya the Sailor - Shalandy polnye kefali
            Lara’s Theme
            Little Willow Tree - Ivushka
            Lonely Accordion - Odinokaya garmon’
            Lyric Song From Sormovo - Sormovskaya liricheskaya
            Meadowlands - Polyushko-pole
            Mishka - Mishka, Mishka, gde tvoya ulybka
            Moon Is Shining - Svetit mesyatz
            Moscow Nights - Podmoskovnye vechera
            Murka
            Officers’ Waltz - Sluchajny vals
            Peddlers - Korobejniki
            Snow Storm - Vdol’ po ulitze metelitza metyot
            So Many Lovely Girls - Kak mnogo devushek horoshih
            Song About a Good Mood - Pesenka o horoshem nastroyenii
            Song About Bears - Pesenka o medvedyah
            Song About Five Minutes - Pesenka o pyati minutah
            Song Flows On - I lyotsya pesnya
            Song of Old Coachman - Pesnya starogo izvozchika
            Steppes - Step’ da step’ krugom
            There Is But an Instant - Est’ tol’ko mig
            These Dark Eyes - Ah, eti chernye glaza
            Those Were the Days - Dorogoj dlinnoyu
            Town Of Samara - Ah, Samara-gorodok
            Trainman, Hold On - Postoj, parovoz
            Turquoise Rings - Biryuzovye kolechki
            Two Guitars - Dve gitary
            Two-Step - Toostep
            Unhitch the Horses - Rospryagajte, hloptzi, koni
            Ural Rowan Tree - Ural’skaya ryabinushka
            Volga Boatmen Song - Ej, uhnem
            When We Met - Ya vstretil vas
            You Stood Me Up - Pidmanula, pidvela
            Your Excelency - Vashe blagorodie...

            BALALAIKA PERFORMANCES VIDEO

            Video of Balalaika virtuoso Bibs Ekkel, Alexey Arkhipovski, Alex Siniavski and concert of Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya

            Balalaika virtuoso Bibs Ekkel from London, UK

            Balalaika virtuoso Alexey Arkhipovsky from Moscow, Russia

               

            Balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavski and ensemble Barynya

            . Balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavski, Mikhail Smirnov (guitar) recorded during Russian music and dance ensemble "BARYNYA" concert on March 8, 2003 at the Smithsonian Institute of America. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History. Washington, DC. "Czardas" was written by Vittorio Monti for either violin or mandolin and piano. It was soon arranged for all kinds of instruments including the balalaika. Not many people remember Vittorio Monti these days, but everyone will be familiar with his Czardas

            is the most popular pieces performed on Russian balalaika ever. Alex Siniavsky - balalaika, Mikhail Smirnov - guitar. Recorded on March 8, 2003 during ensemble "BARYNYA" solo performance at at the Smithsonian Institute of America. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History. Washington, DC.

            Balalaika orchestra performance Russian music and dance Ensemble Barynya at the "Petroushka Ball 2007", the 42nd annual Petroushka Ball held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. This is a charity ball benefitting the Russian Children's Welfare Society which raises money to help Russian disadvantaged children.

            Russian Balalaika Trio is playing Waltz Daydreams composed by Vasily Vasilievich Andreev
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               Waltz "Daydreams"
            This waltz composed by "father" of Russian balalaika Vasily Vasilievich Andreev (born 186l). Solo by balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavski, Mikhail Smirnov-guitar, Leonid Bruk-balalaika-bass.
            Performed by New York based Brooklyn Balalaikas trio

            Russian Balalaika Trio is playing Russian Traditional Song "Valenki".  Solo Natalia Smirnov
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               Valenki - "Felt Boots"
            Russian Balalaika Trio is playing Traditional Song "Valenki". Performed by New York based Brooklyn Balalaikas trio. Solo Natalia Smirnov
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            Russian balalaika Trio Alex Siniavski, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk
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               "I met you" - Popular Rusian romance, lyrics by Fedor Tyutchev, music of unknown author. Solo by balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavski, Mikhail Smirnov (guitar), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-bass)
            New York based "Brooklyn Balalaikas" trio

            Akh, Ty Beruoza Russian folk tune "Oh, You, Birch-Tree"
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            Russian folk tune "Oh, You, Birch-Tree"
            Traditional. Solo - balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavski
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            Monti's Chardash 8645 KB Quick Time Movie file
            Monti's Chardash
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               Monti's Chardash
            performed by Alex Siniavsky - balalaika and Mikhail Smirnov - guitar. Recorded at Russian folk music and dance ensemble "BARYNYA" concert, March 8, 2003, Smithsonian Institute of America at Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC

            Moon is shining Russian folk song 4333 KB Quick Time Movie file
            Moon is shining
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               Russian folk song "Moon is shining"
            performed by Alex Siniavsky - balalaika and Mikhail Smirnov - guitar. Recorded at Russian folk music and dance ensemble "BARYNYA" concert, March 8, 2003, Smithsonian Institute of America at Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC

            Russian Two-Step Dance «Девочка Надя»


            View all videos from that performance

            CONCERT QUALITY BALALAIKAS FOR SALE

            Handmade balalaika

            balalayka Balalaika ("Belly Scratcher") made by craftsmen from Moscow Aleksandr Zhukovski: "I make musical instruments since 1990. Design and shape of my instruments are based on archeologycal discoveries from Velikiy Novgorod and museum samples. I started to make instruments for myself at first. After a while I started getting orders for different pieces from musicians and folk groups in Russia and overboard. I also teach classes on Russian traditional folk instrumental music. Russian folk ensembles "Kazachiy Krug", "Drevo", "Yakhont Lazorevy", "Vetka", one of groups of D. Pokrovski (theatre on Taganka) are using guslis, liras and gudoks made by me"... read more

            Almost new balalaika prima made by Ershov - sold

            balalaika for sale Concert quality Balalaika made by famous Russian balalaika luthier Ershov in Moscow in 1989 is available for sale in Toronto, Canada for a bargain price of 750.00 Canadian Dollars or even exchange for 4-srtinged domra. Condition: like new. Instrument is fully serviced by professional balalaika maker Andreas Gerth from Berlin, Germany in 2006 - new tuners installed. Black ebony fingerboard. Pickguard and head dark-brown palisander. Clear and deep sound... read more

            Nalimov design balalaikas by "Imperskaya Music"

            balalaikas for saleImperskaya Music is North American company that manufactures and sells "Nalimov design" balalaikas, balalaika bags, and other accesories. Famous Russian luthier Semyon Nalimov, who developed and perfected the modern balalaika, was the inspiration for the Founder and Owner of Imperskaya Music Co. Boris Kosukhin... visit website

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            History of Russian balalaika

            Balalaika was first mentioned in a document which dates back to XVII century (1688). From this document we learn that Savka Fedoov, a citizen of the city of Arzamas, and Ivashka Fedorov, a peasant, while passing through the Yauza Gates played the balalaika. For such an imprudent behaviour they were flogged and exiled. It would never occur to a civilized person living nowadays that a severe punishment awaited anybody who gave himself to such an innocent occupation as playing the balalaika. But let us recollect the Russian history.

            It happened soon after the death of the tsar Alexei Mikhailovich called "The Quietest". This tzar was famous for his hatred towards the popular Russian culture. In 1648 he issued an ukaz where he ordered to collect all musical instruments of the Russian people and to burn them. All those who dared to continue playing them were to be flogged and then exiled to the periphery of the Russian State (Ukraine)...read more

            Free Russian Balalaika Polyphonic Ringtones Download

            balalaika ringtonesRussian Balalaika Ringtones provided by Russian music ensemble Barynya from Brooklyn, New York. Russian balalaika, garmoshka, guitar and contrabass balalaika were used to record these ringtones. Download the file to your computer and email to your phone or use any wireless connection such as bluetooth or infra red port to transfer the music... download free balalaika ringtones

            Contrabass-Balalaika Buying Guide

            This article How to buy contrabass balalaika from experience of Mikhail Smirnov, Director of Russian folk dance and music ensemble Barynya from New York City, USA was published at The BDAA newsletter, The official journal of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America.
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            120 years old Balalaika

            1. This balalaika was brought over with a Russian immigrant between 1910 and before WWI. His widow lived in Chicago. Her daughter gave it to me in 1972... read full story by Will Herzog

            Russian balalaika records and mp3 samples

            Bibs EkkelBalalaika Virtuoso Bibs Ekkel. Born in 1946 in England of mixed Polish-English background, Bibs Ekkel is both musician and linguist. His career as one of very few outstanding professional balalaika players outside Russia has brought him much recognition worldwide, including in the balalaika's Motherland, where he has performed on radio and TV as well as at Moscow's prestigious "Hall of Columns" and... read more, download MP3

            ensemble BarynyaEthnic Russian Music Album recorded by ensemble Barynya in December 2006. Total time 45:46. Album released by AS IZ Recording. Philadelphia, PA. 2006. Favorite Russian melodies and songs performed on balalaika, garmoshka, Gypsy guitar, classic guitar, and contrabass... more information, MP3 samples

            Barynya 2006Russian folk music, song and dance album. Runtime: 64 minutes. Ensemble Barynya live from Wisconsin. Alex Siniavski (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar), Ruslan Khain (c-bass). Album released by AS IZ Recording. Philadelphia, PA. 2006. Songs: "The Peddlers", "You stood me up", "Angry mother (bila mene maty)", "Tongue Twister". Dances: "Hopak", "Sailor's Dance", "Barynya", "Kalinka". Balalaika solo: "The Moon is shining", "Chardash"... more info, MP3s, order

            Russian Christmas MusicRussian Christmas Music Balalaika Album. Balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavski, Mikhail Smirnov (guitar). Runtime: 51 minutes. Album released by AS IZ Recording. Philadelphia, PA. 2005. 25 Russian folk songs, dances, tunes, favorite Christmas and Holiday selections such as "Carol of Bells", "Deck The Halls", "Father Frost", "Jingle Bells", "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas", "Joy To The World", "Folk Carol from Smolensk", "Snowstorm", "Snegoorochka"... more information, MP3 samples

            Sergey GusarovSergey Gusarov" Russian folk songs and balalaika music album recorded with ensemble Barynya. Album released by AS IZ Recording. Philadelphia, PA. 2004. Russian folk music, tunes, songs and dances including title song Sergey Gusarov. Runtime: 65 minutes... more information, MP3 samples

            Barynya Russian folk songsBalalaika music album "Barynya Russian folk songs" recorded with balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavski. Runtime: 35m 09s, Cover Art: Yury Tarler. Album released by AS IZ Recording. Philadelphia, PA. 2003. There are Russian folk tunes, dances and songs including "Evening bells", "Kalinka", "Katyusha", "Moscow Nights" and "Dark Eyes"... MP3 samples, order

            Balalaika tutorial on DVD

            
            1. 天津彩票官方开奖 PAGE
            2  INTRODUCTION
            3. STRUMMING
            4. THUMB PIZZICATO
            5. PIZZICATO VIBRATO
            6. DOUBLE PIZZICATO
            7. SINGLE PIZZICATO
            
            
            8.   TREMOLO
            9.   ROLLS
            10. FOLK BALALAIKA
            11. LEFT HAND POSITION
            12. LEARNING A SONG
            13. SCALES
            14. BASIC CHORDS
            
            Alex Siniavski. Author of Balalaika tutorial on DVD

            WHAT DO PEOPLE SAY:

            Alex Siniavski has made it possible for everyone to have private lessons in their own 天津彩票官方开奖 with his wonderful "12-step program" for balalaika players, and potentially achieve intermediate (or, perhaps, virtuoso ?) level...

            ...Has your balalaika technique become unmanageable? Alex's DVD, The Balalaika Tutorial, with its extremely useful downward camera angle... .imagine looking down from your own eyes to your right hand.. .can repair all the damage that years of playing without a virtuoso teacher have done. Using mainly Svyetit Mesyats (Bright Moon), Alex walks you through strumming, thumb pizzicato, pizzicato vibrato, double and single pizzicato, tremolo, rolls, combinations of techniques, tips for the left hand and learning tunes, and some fantastic cross-string scale and chord scale exercises... read more from Judy Sherman's article

            Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 1. Strumming
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            Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 2. THUMB PIZZICATO
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            Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 3. PIZZICATO VIBRATO, THUMB VIBRATO, HARMONICS
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            Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 4. DOUBLE PIZZICATO
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            Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 5. SINGLE PIZZICATO
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            Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 6. TREMOLO
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            Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 7. Rolls
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            Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 8. Country Folk Balalaika
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            Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 9. Left Hand position
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            Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 10. LEARNING A SONG
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            Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 11. SCALES
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            Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 12. BASIC CHORDS
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            Balalaika player’s Christmas Diary (by Mikhail Smirnov)

            1985. Leningrad Conservatory

            An elderly man dressed in a thick gray coat brought in an old balalaika. He said he wanted to sell it to the best balalaika student. The Professor thought it over and decided that the right to buy this balalaika by a famous russian luthier Nalimov, also called the Balalaika Stradivarius, belongs to Alyosha Siniavski.
            Needless to mention that the amount of hastily gathered 1,500 rubles would have been enough to buy a brand new domestic car or to bribe a Party .

            1991. Long Island, NY. 1st string

            Right before the New Year with a merry zing went the string. Broke, that is. I ran to the music store on Glen Cove Road. My English is nonexistent. I show to the sales guy my balalaika and the broken string. In return he shows me $20. Everybody watches us with a vivid interest. I am thinking to myself that my Moscow Olympic Games 80 balalaika is worth about $2 and that 20 bucks is way over my budget. Later I whined a string from a guitarist who played in Garanyan-Frumkin’s jazz orchestra.
            That trophy string is still intact although very rusty. Strings are expensive and usually are not a tax deduction no matter what advice you get.

            1992. Harrisburg, PA

            We are hanging out at a local bar where a pint of beer is 40 cents. Our English is O.5 per cent. Conversation with the barman:
            - Where are you guys from?
            - We is from .
            The barman says to his buddy:
            - Them people from Brooklyn can’t speak no English.
            We are proud that for the first time somebody took us for the Americans... read more

            Black cats dressed in Russian folk costumes with balalaikas

            Russian folk costume designer Svetlana Gavrilova has made a set of black cats dressed in Russian costumes with balalaikas. To view all photos you may need to join the balalaika group on Google network

            Как исполнять тремоло на балалайке

            За более чем столетнюю историю развития балалайки накоплен немалый опыт в области методики и педагогики, но среди специалистов – балалаечников по многим вопросам нет единого мнения. На наш взгляд это объясняется тем, что отсутствует соответствующая теоретическая и методическая литература, такая как у скрипачей, пианистов и других исполнителей. Переиздаваемые из года в год пособия по обучению игре на балалайке представляют собой элементарные самоучители, в которых многие положения, касающиеся технологии исполнения, были отвергнуты современной исполнительской практикой. Тем не менее, было бы несправедливым не отметить отдельные работы, появившиеся в разные годы становления и развития исполнительской, методической и педагогической мысли балалаечников.

            Первые опыты написания различных школ и самоучителей связаны с так называемым «Андреевским» периодом становления инструмента и исполнительства на нем. Популярность В.В. Андреева, выступавшего с пятиладовой балалайкой, была настолько велика, что в конце XIX века назрела необходимость издания пособия для желающих научиться играть на этом инструменте. Поэтому в 1887 году В.В. Андреев совместно с П.К. Селиверстовым издает «Школу игры на пятиладовой балалайке». В начале девяностых годов выходят школы-самоучители И. Деккер-Шенка, Б.Бабкина и Ф. Пасербского, а также школа В.Андреева для хроматической балалайки. Уместно вспомнить школы-самоучители Н. Куликова, Ф. Фойтик, А.Шевелева и др., изданные в период с 1890 по 1898 годы.
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            Александр Никитич Рожков

            А. Н. Рожков родился в сентябре 1893 года в селе Петухово, которое расположено в 40 километрах от Томска. Село было основано выходцами из Центральной России, которых прельстили бескрайние сибирские просторы, леса и пашни. Вместе со своим нехитрым скарбом и домашней утварью они привезли и музыкальные инструменты. Свои первые музыкальные впечатления Саша Рожков получил именно в своем селе на различных вечеринках и праздниках. У мальчика был прекрасный слух, что было особенно важно для деревенского музыканта, не знающего нот.

            В начале XX века семья Рожковых переезжает в Томск, где Александр поступает в приходское городское училище. В этот период он посещает Бесплатную городскую библиотеку Петра Макушина, где были кружки по интересам, в том числе и музыкальные.

            Необходимо сказать, что на рубеже XIX - XX веков в Томске начинают возникать оркестры балалаечников и мандолинистов или, как тогда их называли, Великорусские оркестры. Толчком к их появлению послужило несколько обстоятельств, среди которых, несомненно, громадный успех первого Великорусского оркестра народных инструментов, созданного В.В. Андреевым. Слухи о нем дошли и до Томска. Немаловажную роль сыграла и широкая продажа балалаек, домр, гитар, мандолин, организованная в Томских магазинах П. Макушина, А. Смирнова и др. А. Н. Рожков начал посещать занятия кружка в Бесплатной библиотеке, и через некоторое время ему самому удалось организовать небольшой оркестр народных инструментов... статья полностью

            Balalaika concert at the Russian consulate NYC, New York, USA

            Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk and singer Irina Zagornova at the RUSAL USA corporate party.

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            Balalaika players, ensembles and virtuosos

            Lina Karokhina
              Lina Karokhina - balalaika player from Boston, MA.

            Balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavski. New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
              Alex Siniavski balalaika and Gypsy guitar virtuoso from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

            New York Balalaika Orchestra
              New York Balalaika Orchestra performs at Russian Orthodox weddings, fundraising balls, large scale social events, Doctor Zhivago's style corporate parties.

            Russian Balalaika Duo
              Russian Balalaika Duo: Alex Siniavski and Mikhail Smirnov with program of Russian, Ukrainian, Gypsy, Cossack, Klezmer, and international music and songs performed on balalaika, garmoshka and guitars. New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania.

            Russian Balalaika and Garmoshka Duo
              Russian Balalaika and Garmoshka Duo - Sasha Resitor-balalaika, Mikhail Smirnov - guitar, garmoshka.

            Balalaika virtuoso Sasha Ressetar
              Sasha (Alexander) Ressetar - Balalaika virtuoso from Harrisburg, PA.

            Balalaika prime Simon Lemberskiy
              Balalaika prime Simon Lemberskiy from Brooklyn, New York.

            Balalaika virtuoso Lev Zabeginsky
              Balalaika virtuoso Lev Zabeginsky from New York City.

            Balalaika contrabass Leonid Bruk
              Balalaika Contrabass player Leonid Bruk from Brooklyn, New York.

            New York Balalaika Duo
              New York Balalaika Duo - balalaika player Lev Zabeginsky and Mikhail Smirnov (vocals, garmoshka, guitar).

            Kalinka Duo: Sergey Vashchenko-balalaika, Vladimir Kaliazine-bayan, Austin, TX
              Kalinka Duo - Sergey Vashchenko-balalaika, Vladimir Kaliazine-bayan from Austin, TX.

            Sergey Vashchenko
              Balalaika virtuoso Sergey Vashchenko from Austin, TX.

            Balalaika stooges
             
            Balalaika Stooges.

            The Balalaika Russe. Photo by Martin Koenig
              The Balalaika Russe - Russian balalaika band photos and story.

            Tum Balalaika
              Tum Balalaika - Russian, Jewish, Ukranian, Gypsy band from Chicago, Illinois.

              - Russian music ensemble from California. video

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