Balalaika-contrabass, bass balalaika, балалайка-контрабас, бас балалайка
Balalaika-bass and contrabass balalaikas (Russian: балалайка-контрабас, бас балалайка) are the biggest in size, the strongest and deepest in sound of all traditional Russian music instruments used by New York based Russian folk dance and music ensemble Barynya.
BALALAIKA BASS DESCRIPTION First string: D, minor octave.
Second string: A, major octave.
Third string: E, major octave.
The instrument size and form require from the musician to play it in standing position.
A metal pin is attached to it from below, which abuts against the floor.
So neither the instrument body nor its sounding-board touch the performer's dress, and this causes great resonant effect, resulting in powerful,
long and deep sound. To make the string sound well, musician has to press the strings correctly and tightly by one-two fingers of the left hand,
and strike with the right hand softly, but deeply and with strength.
There have been no considerable changes since the time of Vasily Vasilievich Andreyev,
but the playing technique is being constantly developed and improved.
Waltz Daydreams performed by Balalaika Russian Folk Music Trio 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.
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BALALAIKA CONTRABASS DESCRIPTION
First string: D, major octave.
Second string: A, contra octave.
Third string: E, contra octave.
The playing method is the same as the playing method of the balalaika bass.
However, the arpeggio is not used here.
To obtain a harmonious and powerful tremolo without rattling, it is recommended to use a big and solid leather plectrum.
The balalaika contrabass is the foundation of the orchestra and its' harmonious and rhythmic support.
The balalaika contrabass plays the same role in the orchestra as the bass.
Leonid Bruk with contrabass balalaika, Alex Siniavski (balalaika) and Mikhail Smirnov (guitar). Kings Plaza Macy's, Brooklyn, New York City
Bass-balalaika and Russian folk dancer Valentina Kvasova
Alex Siniavski balalaika and Gypsy guitar virtuoso from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
New York Balalaika Orchestra performs at Russian Orthodox weddings, fundraising balls, large scale social events, Doctor Zhivago's style corporate parties.
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.
Brooklyn Balalaikas - Russian Folk Music Trio from Brooklyn, New York. Artistic Director Leonid Bruk.
New York Russian folk music band specialty is Russian folk music and songs. All band members are top professional musicians. Choice of Gypsy, Ukrainian, Russian (2 different sets) and Cossack costumes. Extended repertoire (by faith at tforge). Formal concert, background music or music for dancing party. Our main instruments are balalaika, domra, drums, garmoshka (Russian button accordion), Gypsy guitar, classic guitar, contrabass balalaika, cello and vocals.