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Russ Sonny Kemner
06-01-2009, 06:31 PM
Russian 3 string uke = Balalaika

Someone needs to get this guy and Jake Shimabukuro together.

That would be phenomenal.


I don't think I pasted the url correctly, but if you go to you tube and paste this into search, you gotta see this dude play.

Balalaika - Aleksei Arkhipovsky

06-01-2009, 07:00 PM
That is the craziest thing I have ever seen...holy crap! His fingers are are incredibly fast!

06-01-2009, 07:03 PM
The url works fine for me. I think we need to send this guy a uke!

I like the oarts where he has the side of his right palm on the strings right over the bridge, and he sustains notes with it. Really cool vid!

06-01-2009, 08:14 PM
Holy crap. Imagine if he had a 4th string :D

06-01-2009, 08:31 PM
Absolutely phenomenal.

06-01-2009, 09:05 PM
Is that a 3 string ukulele-thingy?

06-02-2009, 04:26 AM
That is incredible! Love how he plays along with a delay FX. Spectacular, and a great performer as well! Thanks for the link!

06-02-2009, 04:37 AM
Amazing how he can play and make a funny show at the same time :)

06-02-2009, 04:40 AM
ha! Loved that part when he's uhh... just hammering and pulling off consistently and acting like it's nothing.

06-02-2009, 04:42 AM
Wow type that guys name in on youtube Aleksei Arkhipovsky, sort by most views. Check out the ones where hes in all white, they're newer. Amazing.

Does anyone know how those are tuned?

06-02-2009, 05:06 AM
Balalaika Underground, anyone?

Good find, Russ!

06-02-2009, 05:45 AM
woaaah......all I can say haha

06-02-2009, 06:28 AM
Wow type that guys name in on youtube Aleksei Arkhipovsky, sort by most views. Check out the ones where hes in all white, they're newer. Amazing.

Does anyone know how those are tuned?

Traditionally it is tuned E-E-A. The E note is doubled.

I want one....

06-02-2009, 06:40 AM
I once scored one of these in a Salvation Army for $10. Cool instruments.

06-02-2009, 06:45 AM
What a neat sound....kind of like a harp at times, kind of like a scitar at others. Also looks easy to hold with that triangular shape.

I'm off to Google scitars....

06-02-2009, 07:05 AM
An amazing video. I knew next to nothing about the Balalaika. So I googled it and Wikipedia had a section on it. Like the Ukulele there are five sizes. With the largest being called a 'Contrabass Balalaika.' It's huge. Here is a link to a video with a Contrabass Balalaika as main subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTCgbfWspPs

Now just imagine an Ukulele in that size....? Hmmm, think something is lost in the translation.

06-02-2009, 07:09 AM
Holy crap. Imagine if he had a 4th string :D

People on guitar forums probably say that in response to videos of Jake. :biglaugh:

Ahnko Honu
06-02-2009, 07:37 AM
Very talented fellow, glad the Iron Current has fallen to let us see such talent. There's a Balalaika for sale on consignment at my local music store. Makes me want to a add a Shrine 'Ukulele to my "quiver".

06-02-2009, 12:56 PM
Wow. I've always loved the balalaika - traditional Russian music can sound bizarre (to my western ears) but also delightful and exotic. This guy is truly exceptional.

I used to have a vinyl LP of a Soviet (Ukranian?) balalaika orchestra - about 25-30 musicians playing traditional folk music together. They were quite amazing and talented. I'll have to dig in the basement to see if I kept it.

Makes me want to try one.

I shoulda kept my Strumstick...

06-02-2009, 01:04 PM

06-02-2009, 01:28 PM
There was one of those on the wall in my buddy's basement when we were kids trying to figure out the guitar in the mid-60's.

Neither one of us could do a thing with it, although we both tried. I wonder if he still has it?

06-02-2009, 02:15 PM
All I can say is WOW that is incredible playing!

06-02-2009, 02:56 PM
whoa.....whut?? thats nutty!!! he looks like he is having a grand time though!

06-02-2009, 07:34 PM
WTF!!! sounds like a pipa haha :D

but yeh, daz amanzingly good.