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Russian Garmoshka, Garmon', Harmonica, Squeezebox, Hromka, Button Box Accordion, 25x25 Bayan Russian folk Squeezebox "Garmoshka" (or garmon') is a Russian folk button accordion. Musician who plays "garmoshka" called in Russia "Garmonist". Garmoshka is a free-reed wind instrument. It has two rows of buttons on the right side, which play the notes of a diatonic scale, and two or three rows of buttons on the left side, which play the primary chords in the key of the instrument as well as its relative harmonic minor key.

GARMOSHKA PLAYER MIKHAIL SMIRNOV PLAYS TETRIS SONG KOROBUSHKA

Video of Russian folk musician, singer, garmonist-tamada Mikhail performance of Russian folk song "Korobushka" at the Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, New Jersey) in May 2006 has become youtube sensation: 526,752 views (and counting) by August 14, 2014.


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Tulskaya garmoshka Garmoshka has 25 treble buttons in two rows: Three diatonic octaves plus three accidentals and 25 bass buttons in three rows: Two rows of eight buttons, with bass notes and chords; one free-bass row.

The garmon' is also known by the names "Tusl'skaya" (after town of Tula, where Russians have famous Garmoshka factory), garmoshka, garmonika, "25 na 25", Hromka, bayan and accordion.

Russian Garmoshka is one of the most popular (after guitar) in Russia between common country folks, the easiest instrument to learn, play and carry around, and appeals to people as much as modern entertainment (film, TV). On this page you can see three garmoshkas. Two of them (green color on the bottom of the page) are factory made standard TULSKAYA garmoshkas. But the one on the top (red color) is different story.

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Russian Two-Step Dance «Девочка Надя»


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Concert took place on April 15th, 2010. Cast: Anna Zinenko (dancer), Alexey Maltsev (dancer, costumed characters), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, balalaika, vocals). List of songs and dances performed: "Kalinka", "Korobushka", "Hopak", "Chastushki-Staradaniya", "Nanai Sumo Wrestling dance", "Metelitsa" (The Snowstorm), "Skorogovorki" (Russian Tongue Twisters), "Subboteya" (Saturday Affair). Extra: photo medley. Camera Sasha Menshikov, video editing Misha.


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Russian Garmoshka Traditional Music Album

Mikhail Smirnov Garmoshka Traditional Music Album "Russian Restaurant" recorded by Mikhail Smirnov, performer, musician, folk singer, founder of New York based Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya in February 2007. Recording was made possible by singers-songwriters, Russian bard musicians Yuriy and Viktor Tenman from New York at their recording studio in Staten Island (Villa Nova Studio). If you ever attend a Russian party where people are singing, you will be able to recognize all the tunes from this album. The very first song that people will do together at the Russian restaurant, cafe, apartment or "izba" (country log house) after a few drinks at the Russian wedding or Birthday party most likely will be "Moroz-Moroz" or "Gorochka". There is no singing on this album. Well, almost no singing... Album contains traditional Russian tunes: "Kalinka", "Moscow nights", "Korobushka" and other Russian favorite songs performed on Russian garmoshka. Enjoy free Russian Garmoshka MP3 music downloads.

Saratovskaya garmoshka for sale

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Bibs Ekkel's Garmoshka photo

This garmoshka belongs to Bibs Ekkel, garmoshka and balalaika player from London, UK. Born in 1946 in England of mixed Polish-English background, Bibs Ekkel is both musician and linguist. His career as one of very few outstanding professional balalaika players outside Russia has brought him much recognition worldwide, including in the balalaika's Motherland, where he has performed on radio and TV as well as at Moscow's prestigious "Hall of Columns" and "Tchaikovsky Hall". In addition to concerts, cabarets, recordings, movie soundtracks, radio and TV he has had speaking and playing roles in many films and BBC-TV productions, where he has also worked as advisor on Romany or Russian music themes for movies such as: "The Man Who Knew Too Little", "The Saint", "Yasha the Liar"... read more

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Get your garmoshka in Tula (Russia)

I ordered and purchased red garmoshka myself at the black market (or "Bazar") in town of Tula in 1987. At that time in USSR you were not able to buy from the government owned music store exact instrument that you wanted. You could only get factory made instruments in same green or black color and same key (mostly A or C). But I wanted beautifully crafted thing with nice grille with double or tripple hand made reeds in D key with Master Bar and good quality bellows, the easiest instrument to learn, play and carry around, and appeals to people as much as modern entertainment (film, TV). That was something you could only get by special order from people who made those garmoshkas or buy used from second hand stores.

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I had to travel to town of Tula two times from Moscow by train to get what I needed. It was like 4-5 hours each way. In Tula I found garmoshka dealers and ordered the instrument I wanted. After two weeks I have to travel there again and pick it up. I remember paying over 1500 rubles for that wonderful instrument. I think maybe it was 1650 rubles to be exact. Back in 1987 I was still a student in the Moscow State Institute of Culture making 40 rubles a month. It was the biggest amount of money I ever carried around in my pocket. It was dangerous.

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Fortunately I was able to pay for my new garmoshka and safely take it back home. I was playng it for many years in Russia, Kongo, Mongolia and the United States and as you can see on the pictures it is still in great condition. I always tell a joke at our performances of Russian folk ensemble Barynya which I founded in 1991 with Sasha Anchutin and Natalia Demidova. I tell people that garmoshkas are made at the same factory as notorious military AK-47 Assault Rifle and that's why the instrument is of such a great quality. You can play my garmoshka in the cold Russian winter outside until your hands will stop feel the buttons.

Garmoshka "Tulskaya - 301"

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Garmoshka "Tulskaya - 301" is regular factory quality diatonic Garmoshka (Russian button Box Accordion) made in Soviet Union in the town of Tula in 1990. The weight of the Garmoshka is around 20 pounds with hard case. Bass side: 25 bases, three rows. Treble side: 25 buttons, three rows. This class of Russian button accordions is unisonoric, and limited to a diatonic scale.

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The layout of the right-hand buttons is such that the diatonic scale is played by alternating rows top to bottom. A few useful accidentals are often included at the top of the keyboard. The two outer rows of the left-hand are in a bass-chord arrangement, with a combination of major and minor chords that fit in with the major and relative harmonic minor key of the instrument. The innermost row of buttons are double-bass notes for the entire diatonic scale. Tula accordions are named for the city of Tula, where the first ones were built. This instrument is widespread throughout Russia and former Soviet states.

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For the price quote or any other questions please send an email to mikhail@barynya.com or call (201) 981-2497.

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