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The Gusli – A Great Stringed Instrument from Russia

The Gusli (-> Wikipedia) is an old Russian stringed instrument, a kind of a zither. The gusli is used in folk music, but can also be used for classical music.

The gusli is usually played with the right hand while the left hand mutes to strings that should not sound. This can be used for harp-like arpeggios. It is also possible that the left hand plays accompanying chords while the right hand plays the melody. The right hand can also play the strings with a tremolo.

My first example is a Lullaby played by Olga Shishkina, she has studied in Russia and lives in Helsinki today.

Gusli: Lullaby by Shakhanov

Performance at St. Maria’s Church in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Another professional player of the gusili is Pavel Lukoyanov

Pavel Lukoyanov professional gusli-musician. Pavel was born in 1982 in Moscow. In 2002 has finished the Second Moscow Regional Musical College named S.Prokofiev (professor, merited artist of Russia Fediration Lubov Zhuks class). In 2007 has finished the Gnesins Academy of Music folk instrument department now. (L. Zhuk’s class).

You can find many solo pieces for the gusli in his youtube channel. This is his performance of Legend for gusli:

Legend for gusli

von Aleksei Larin

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Domra and Guitar Duo 9 String Theory – Piazzolla,…

I have recently discovered the domra and guitar duet 9 String Theory from Atlanta, USA. They have just gievn an interview to present their next concert. It is available on the website of WABE

9 String Theory is not just a catchy name but also a straightforward calculation. It’s a musical duo featuring Angelina Galashenkova on the domra, which has three strings, and John Huston on classical guitar, which has six strings.

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9 String Theory

Playlist 9 String Theory – Domra and Classical Guitar

Program

  • Romanian Folk Dances (Bela Bartok)
  • Sonata (Nicolo Paganini)
  • Libertango, Cafe, Bordello 1900 (Astor Piazzolla)
  • Aria (Heitor Villa-Lobos)
  • Liebesfreud (G. Kreisler)
  • Czardasz
  • Sonata (Scarlatti)

Enjoy the Domra and Guitar Duo 9 String Theory!

Additional Information

“The highest open string on the guitar is the lowest note on the domra,” Huston said. “It lends itself as an expanded guitar or the guitar a very deep and harmonized domra.”

Galashenkova and Huston released a self-titled CD, which features tradition Russian folk songs, Manuel de Falla, George Gershwin, Béla Bartók and several pieces by Astor Piazzolla.

Merken

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The Guembri – A Three Stringed Skin-covered Bass Plucked…

The  guembri is a 3-stringed plucked instrument which is beeing played by the Gnawa people in Morocco and North-Africa. The playing technique is similar to the clawhammer style used with the American banjo. One of the 3 strings of the guembri is shorter and is used as a drone – this is another similarity to the American banjo.

The lower string is plucked with the thumb, the higher strings are plucked with the finger nail of the middle and index finger. The guembri is at the same time used like a drum, by hitting the leather-head of the instrument with the right hand. Very often little bells or metal rings are attached to the instrument to produce additional sound effects.

Playliste Guembri

At the end of the playlist you can find some instructional videos for playing the guembri.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC878J8mcBo_o6LfeXGtnXlNVQiiajVRK

A concert with music from Morocco:

Gnawa and Moroccan Mystical Musics at UCLA

Additional Information

Sintir (or Guembri) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The sintir (Arabic: سنتير‎), also known as the Guembri (Arabic: الكمبري‎), Gimbri or Hejhouj, is a three stringed skin-covered bass plucked lute used by the Gnawa people. It is approximately the size of a guitar, with a body carved from a log and covered on the playing side with camel skin. The camel skin has the same acoustic function as the membrane on a banjo. The neck is a simple stick with one short and two long goat strings that produce a percussive sound similar to a pizzicato cello or double bass.

Atlas of Plucked Instruments – Africa

Videos with tag “guembri” at vimeo

Guembri-Musik at archive.org

Instruments du monde

hajhouj in the Musical Instruments Museum

pictures of the making of a Guembri

If you are registerd tumblr user you can try the search for “guembri” at tumblr:

Suche “guembri” bei tumblr

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Music from Venezuela for Mandolin and other Plucked Instruments…

In this post I have compiled several playlists with music for mandolin and other stringed instruments from Venezuela.

I have a page on my website mandoisland about the mandolin and other interesting information about the music in Venzuela.

MandoIsland Website: mandoisland.de

Page about music in Venezuela: http://www.mandoisland.de/weblog_venezuela.html

Music from Venezuela

Venezuela – Percujazz (Cuatro/Bandola)

Bandola Llanera (Venezuela)

Venezuela – Cuatro Venezolano – Pajarillo

Sonidos de Venezuela

Venezuela – Merengue Venezolano

Iván Adler – Venezuela

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