Balalaika slide

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Balalaika slide

Postby zhyla » Sat Jun 03, 2006 6:37 am

So if you ever wondered what a balalaika would sound like played with a slide... I knows it's been killing you...

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemus ... dID=538074

Sounds interesting, I don't know if it really sounds good. I tuned it up a half step from the standard tuning (from EEA to FFA#) because the strings are a little flimsy.

And if you're wondering what the heck is a balalaika: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balalaika
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Postby gcd revue » Sat Jun 03, 2006 8:47 am

Russian Blues....certainly makes sense....now if I could just hear the clip (my dinosaur Mac doesn't like soundclick).
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Postby guitarslim101 » Sat Jun 03, 2006 4:08 pm

That's cool. Now, the balalaika is the big triangle one right?
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Postby zhyla » Sat Jun 03, 2006 4:34 pm

guitarslim101 wrote:That's cool. Now, the balalaika is the big triangle one right?


Yup. Well, little triangle, though they do come in a range of sizes like the violin family. Between a banjo and a mandolin, size wise.
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Postby guitarslim101 » Sat Jun 03, 2006 4:38 pm

Cool. I've seen a few at flea markets and what-not...I may have to get one now.
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Postby thebluescaster » Sat Jun 03, 2006 5:10 pm

Lark In The Morning is the place to look for weird stringed instruments from around the world and history....could probably play slide on many of them.
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Postby guitarslim101 » Sat Jun 03, 2006 5:18 pm

Don't mean to hijack the thread, but anyone ever slide on a dulcimer?
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Postby allanlummox » Sat Jun 03, 2006 5:31 pm

Yea, I've messed with slide on a Dulcimer.

Kind of like a lapsteel with an oddball string grouping - and the slide makes up for the lack of sufficient frettage.

The one thing I've tried to slide on that REALLY didn't work was a set of piano guts - you know, the big metal rack with all those strings inside an upright. Really cool to pound and pluck on, but I couldn't isolate strings enough to get anything going with a slide.

I'm sure someone has gotten some magic out of one, though.

My pal Shakey gets some rip-roaring mojo out of a Bouzouki.
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Postby leftyguitarman » Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:26 pm

thebluescaster wrote:Lark In The Morning is the place to look for weird stringed instruments from around the world and history....could probably play slide on many of them.


I bought my bouzouki from the Lark in The Morning store in Seattle. They have a lot of cool instruments in their store. I may have to go down to Seattle to go and play a balalaika.
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Postby leftyguitarman » Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:28 pm

Slide ukulele doesnt work too well either Allan. And does your pal Shakey use the slide on the bouzouki?
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Postby allanlummox » Sat Jun 03, 2006 7:56 pm

Yes, yes he does.
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Postby leftyguitarman » Sat Jun 03, 2006 8:01 pm

I am gonna have to try that out when I get my bouzouki fixed. That might be pretty cool.
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Postby zhyla » Sun Jun 04, 2006 9:06 pm

Now that this has become a "slide on everything except guitar"... so where can I find some sound clips of bouzouki slide? Or octave mando?

I messed around with slide on my mandolin a while ago but didn't care for it too much. The high pitch got on my nerves, and I really wasn't doing a good job with it anyways. But I still kind of wonder if it would sound good if someone knew what they were doing.
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Postby allanlummox » Sun Jun 04, 2006 10:11 pm

I've mentioned this before, but it's a great disk - For the Slide Mandolin thing, check out the version of "Death Letter" on James Blood Ulmer's "Memphis Blood" album.

It sort of stretches the tones out - sounds unworldly and very visual.
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Postby ricochet » Mon Jun 05, 2006 3:44 am

The slide balalaika sounds cool. Sounds quite a bit like some of the CBGs I've heard.
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