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Russia and Ukraine
Balalaika and Domra

The domra (Cyrillic: до́мра, [ˈdɔmrɑ]) is a long-necked BelarusianRussian, and Ukrainian folk string instrument of the lute family with a round body and three or four metal strings. The balalaika (Russian: балала́йка, pronounced [bəɫɐˈɫajkə]) is a Russian stringed musical instrument with a characteristic triangular wooden, hollow body, fretted neck and three strings. Two strings are usually tuned to the same note and the third string is a perfect fourth higher. The higher-pitched balalaikas are used to play melodies and chords. The instrument generally has a short sustain, necessitating rapid strumming or plucking when it is used to play melodies. Balalaikas are often used for Russian folk music and dancing.

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