The Balalaika is most often associated with Russian folklore. In The Complete Balalaika Book, concert and recording artist Bibs Ekkel shares his extensive knowledge of the Balalaika as taught in Russia today. This 160-page book is divided into four sections: an extensive Foreword, the Tutor, A Brief History of the Balalaika, and a Repertoire Section. Unlike many method books, The Complete Balalaika Book does not begin with the rudiments of music notation. Rather, the 20-page Foreword offers insights on the tunings of all the instruments in the Balalaika family, hand positions, string sources and height adjustment, and chord shapes. The author even describes how to make a bass Balalaika pick from shoe leather. The Tutor or instruction segment is written for the ´prima Balalaika´ which is correctly played with the fingers only rather than with a pick. The Tutor jumps right in with exercises and tunes in quarter, eighth, and sixteenth-note values with occasional dotted notes and syncopation. Perhaps half of the music in this section is shown in both standard notation and tablature. A glossary of musical signs and Russian musical terns is included. A Brief History of the Balalaika is well written and nicely illustrated. Very few method books contain such a comprehensive historical overview of the subject instrument. The Repertoire Section offers a valuable resource of Eastern European folk tunes. All but two selections in this section are written in both notation and tab with suggested guitar chords, the exceptions being an arrangement for Balalaika and Piano, and a Balalaika orchestra score. More than simple melody chord leadsheets, these are the author´s own arrangements of tunes for solo Balalaika and Balalaika orchestra. Access to online audio with selections performed by the author completes this highly effective instructional book.A Cossack Crossed the Danube Akh, Nastasya Baa-Baa Black Sheep Dance, Dance Dark Browed, Dark Eyed Lad Daydreams Do Not Scold Me For Czar, Motherland and Faith Go Home You Gossips God Save The Czar Goin´ Home I Loved You I Shall Go Down To The River I Was In The Garden In the Field a Birch Tree Stood It´s Not The Wind That Bends The Branch Katiusha Leaf from an Album Moonshine Polosynka The Post Troika Hastens The Slender Rowan Tree The Ural Rowan Tree Two Guitars Under The Apple Tree Varyag
Your passport to a new world of musicBy Frank Natter, Jr. Series: National Guitar Workshop: Guitar AtlasCategory: Guitar Method or SupplementFormat: Book & CDRussia has a deep and rich cultural tradition of artists, writers, musicians, and composers. The names Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Rachmaninoff may belong to the world, but these composers were Russian through and through. Guitar Atlas: Russia explores the country´s remarkable musical heritage, covering everything from the music of Russian villages to the sacred tones and melodies adapted from ancient Byzantine modes. This will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation for a truly unique culture. Traditional Russian instruments, like the balalaika, domra, and seven-string guitar, are explained in detail, as well as the altered tunings and techniques designed to emulate them. Since folk music is such an integral part of Russian culture, this book explores familiar work songs, epic songs of the Russian bards, and romances of the Russian gypsies. Learning these songs will enrich your repertoire and give you insight into the music that has inspired some of the greatest artists and musicians in history. By the time you´re done, you will have gained a fresh perspective into one of the world´s greatest musical traditions and see that passion is at the heart of Russian music. The CD includes all the examples and demonstrations featured in the book.