Korobeïniki is a traditional Russian folk piece and is often associated with the balalaika, a three stringed instrument traditionally used for accompaniment. This arrangement is based on a transcription of a solo balalaika performance by Oleg Kouzmitchenko. Kouzmitchenko’s performance demonstrates virtuosic counterpoint, variation, and extended technique; thus lends itself perfectly to an arrangement for two solo guitars. The idioms of the balalaika, such as economic melodic writing and incidental harmonies remain, yet with the addition of several more guitar-specific techniques such as multiple stopping. This arrangement is designed to be played on two jazz archtops such as the 'Godin 5th Avenue Jazz'. Make sure to see this wonderful guitar in store and try it out for yourself!
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