The great Aleksei (Alex) Arkhipovsky shows (here) what a master can do with three strings, two of which are the same note, on a balalaika. This is a balalaika clinic.
I apologize; the video is in French, and I speak French like a native, so it’s meaningful to me.
For those of you who don’t speak French, watch it and enjoy it for the moments of exuberant virtuosity.
Oh, and enjoy the French! One of the greatest contributions the French have ever made to the world is the French language.
At 6:40, it’s some absolutely wonderful improvisation. If you’re paying attention, you’ll be absolutely astonished at the expressive possibilities of a mere three strings on a balalaika!
Enjoy! I certainly do!