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2019 During a stroll old city Bruges

BALALAIKA musicians

Sorry I write about music, but can't play, on anything and know nothing about music.

A balalaika (Russian: балалайка) is a typical Russian string instrument with a triangular sound box and three strings. The balalaika has been played in Russia for centuries and already appeared around 1700, but was 'rediscovered' by Vassili Andrejev, a Russian musician-musicologist, at the end of the 19th century.
Andrejev developed the balalaika and, at least as important, modified it into a more accessible instrument and developed new playing styles. He also designed a complete family of balalaikas, of which four members are currently being used. The balalaika family consists of:
the prime balalaiaka (soprano): the 'lead' instrument of the family. These also exist in a six-string version, where the strings are simply doubled.
the altbalalaika (one octave lower).
the bass balalaika (similar to the cello). The bass balalaika is supported by a pin in one of the corners and is played with a large leatherette plectrum.
double bass balalaika (similar to the double bass from the violin family). This one too relies on a pin with one of its corners and is played with a leather plectrum.
Less common are the piccolo balalaika (above the prime) and the secondary balalaika, which is located between prime and altbalalaika. The tenor balalaika is again lower than the alto, and higher than the bass. Experimenting with moods leads to extra

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