Balalaika Part Names and Setup – Balalaika Lesson 1
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Let’s learn the balalaika part names first and then we will talk about balalaika setup. We will start from the top:
2. Machine heads/Tuning pegs
3. Upper Nut
6. Fingerboard, a thin plank on the neck where the frets are nested.
8. Sound hole
11. Lower Nut
12. End Pins
In many respects the comfort of playing depends on the the neck and fingerboard. Neck should be straight with frets of the same height. Frets must be thoroughly polished, and their ends should not stick out of the neck edge. Typically, the width of the neck at the first fret is 27-30 mm, 12-th fret – 34-36 mm, thickness – at the 1-st fret – 14-15 mm, 12-th fret – 16-17 mm. The height of the strings above the 12-m fret – 3-4 mm.
The tuning pegs should work easily and do not rattle during playing. The slots for the strings on a bridge preferably filed at unequal distance from each other: the distance from I to II strings more than from II to III (this is done so you would not accidentally catch second or third string while playing single or double pizzicato).
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