Lessons on DVD Learn to play the balalaika with acclaimed virtuoso Alex Siniavski


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Alex Siniavski. Author of Balalaika tutorial on DVD

THE BALALAIKA TUTORIAL ON DVD is the easiest way to learn all balalaika technics. This well composed tutorial is an interesting source of knowledge for those who just starting to learn how to play the balalaika and for those who already have some experience. No balalaika secrets were left behind on this great video lesson. You will see it all with your own eyes and learn from the best in the world.

The author of THE BALALAIKA TUTORIAL DVD is acclaimed balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavski who arrived in the United States in 1992 from St.Petersburg, Russia. Alex was a leading member (balalaika prima) of The Andreev State symphonic balalaika orchestra, the most prestigious in the former USSR and Russia. Mr. Siniavski graduated with honors from the Leningrad State Musical Conservatory.


Alex Siniavski has made it possible for everyone to have private lessons in their own home with his wonderful "12-step program" for balalaika players, and potentially achieve intermediate (or, perhaps, virtuoso ?) level...
...Has your balalaika technique become unmanageable? Alex's DVD, The Balalaika Tutorial, with its extremely useful downward camera angle... .imagine looking down from your own eyes to your right hand.. .can repair all the damage that years of playing without a virtuoso teacher have done. Using mainly Svyetit Mesyats (Bright Moon), Alex walks you through strumming, thumb pizzicato, pizzicato vibrato, double and single pizzicato, tremolo, rolls, combinations of techniques, tips for the left hand and learning tunes, and some fantastic cross-string scale and chord scale exercises...
Read full Article by Judy Sherman from the BDAA newsletter, The official journal of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America.

I just wanted to say how I have apprecated your DVD. It has answered questions I have had for many years. Basically, I have been learning from a book (Ilyukhin, samouchitel igry na balalaike) and from listening to recordings. Although I had "mastered" a basic technique for strumming and for tremolo, I really had no idea about pizzicato, especially single pizzicato. So, I am very grateful, and there is a lot of material for me to work on for a long time...
S nailuchshem pozhelaniyem,
Robin Westenra
Saturday, April 29, 2006


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12 balalaika video lessons by Alex Siniavski. Screenshot of DVD's introduction. 12 balalaika lessons on DVD. Learn to play the balalaika with virtuoso Alex Siniavski


Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 1. Strumming
lesson 1
Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 2. THUMB PIZZICATO
lesson 2
Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 3. PIZZICATO VIBRATO, THUMB VIBRATO, HARMONICS
lesson 3
Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 4. DOUBLE PIZZICATO
lesson 4
Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 5. SINGLE PIZZICATO
lesson 5
Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 6. TREMOLO
lesson 6
Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 7. Rolls
lesson 7
Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 8. Country Folk Balalaika
lesson 8
Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 9. Left Hand position
lesson 9
Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 10. LEARNING A SONG
lesson 10
Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 11. SCALES
lesson 11
Balalaika Tutorial on DVD by Alex Siniavski. Lesson 12. BASIC CHORDS
lesson 12

The Balalaika Tutorial online

Famous Russian balalaika virtuoso Alex Siniavski have released an online version of his best selling The Balalaika Tutorial DVD. You can get it at his website Below you can see two samples - short intro into the course, and lesson 6 - tremolo.

Balalaika Lessons Tutorial DVD Intro

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Balalaika Lesson 6 - Tremolo

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The full list of Balalaika Lessons

1. Introduction 2. Tuning 3. Strumming 4. Thumb Pizzicato 5. Pizzicato Vibrato 6. Double Pizzicato 7. Single Pizzicato 8. Tremolo 9. The Rolls 10. Left Hand Position 11. Learning a Song 12. Scales 13. Basic Chords 14. The Folk Balalaika

Free sample from The Balalaika Tutorial online

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Balalaika lesson 2 - Tuning
Balalaika lesson 3 - Strumming
Balalaika lesson 6 - Double Pizzicato
Balalaika lesson 8 - Tremolo


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