BALALAIKA , a stringedinstrument said to have retained its
See also:form unchanged, very popular in Russia among the peasants, more especially in
See also:Ukraine . The instrument has a triangular soundboard to which is glued a vaulted back, forming a
See also:body having a triangular
See also:base, enabling it to stand upright . To the body is added a fretted
See also:neck strung with two, three or four strings, generally so
See also:tined as to produce a minor chord when sounded together . The strings are generally plucked with the fingers, but the peasants obtain charming glissando " effects by sweeping the strings lightly one after the other with the fingers or side of the
See also:hand . The Balalaika is
See also:common to the Slav races, who use it to accompany their folk-songs and dances . It is also to be seen in the hands of
See also:gipsies at rural festivities and fairs .
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