Wild Blue Pixel
Thursday, April 23, 2009
In the last few weeks, we have explored the four different scales or modes which the HotShot-11 offers us without re-tuning. These scales which easily pop out of this instrument are a large part of what makes the HT HotShot-11 a great learning instrument.
Another factor that makes this kalimba very playable is that the tines are more widely spaced than on the Alto or Treble kalimbas. More space between tines makes it easier to play fast and makes it easier to play with both thumbs and fingers, an advanced technique.
I am in the process of writing a book for the HotShot-11. The book will come with tablature for 52 songs and exercises, annotated and illustrated to elucidate the more difficult concepts—along with a CD. The book will cost $20.
The HotShot-11 book will not be ready for publication for some months still, but I am making the tablature and KTabS files for the exercises and songs to be included in this book available now as a download. I have bundled the PDFs and KTabS files for 52 songs and exercises into a ZIP file, and you can download this file from the Kalimba Magic Shop for $5.
Not familiar with KTabS?