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balalaika

Page history last edited by Andrew Alder 10 years, 9 months ago

The balalaika is a distinctively triangular lute with three courses, either single or double, and occurs in six registers.

 

Steel strings are most common but nylon-stringed versions also exist (and are not compatible, see guitar tunings).

 

Piccolo

(rare)

  • b' - e' ' - a' ' (discord tuning)

 

Prime

(most common)

  •  e - e' - a'  (balalaika tuning, standard)
  •  e e - e' e' - a' a'
  •  g - b - d'  (guitar tuning, based on the Russian guitar and frowned upon by traditionalists)

 

String gauges:

La Bella BL90 (steel): .008 .010 .012w

 

Second or Secondo

  •  a - a - d'

 

Alto

  •  e - e - a

There is also a four string alto.

 

Bass

  •  E - A  - d

 

Contrabass

  •  E ' - A ' - D.

     

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