07 December 2017

Christmas Kalimba Videos

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

Christmas Carols are so so beautiful on kalimba

Playing Christmas Carols on the kalimba was my big breakthrough back in 2002. People in my home town were not taking the kalimba very seriously as an instrument. I had been casually working on Christmas carols for about three years, and I decided that I really needed to step up my game.

I put together a medley of 12 Christmas songs in 12 minutes, telling the emotional story of Christmas: searching for God in the darkness, the birth of Jesus, and the joy of all creation. And back in 2002, I worked the medley for an hour a day for two months, and my performance in Tucson was a knockout!

05 September 2018

My Neighbor's Dog Loves Kalimba

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

Well... he recognizes me by my kalimba playing

My Neighbor's Dog Loves Kalimba

A woman was walking her big black dog over to the fence where Gus is likely to greet neighbors and other dogs. I was playing kalimba on my morning walk as I approached. At first, Gus - a very friendly white dog with black spots - trotted over to great the neighbor dog, but then he cocked his head and raised an ear, as if he was being directed for a movie - and he ran the other way.

At first I didn't get it - but then we stopped near the front gate and rolled over on his back, waiting for me to come to the spot where I first pet him about a year ago.

21 November 2018

Play WIth the Intention of Love

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

Kalimba is a tool for connecting, soul to soul

Play WIth the Intention of Love

This holiday season, give the gift of kalimba music, from you to the people in your life.

Play from the heart, and play the truth and emotion and love that you have within you for those around you.

The kalimba seems to be a very simple instrument. You can control which tine you play and when you play it, and you can control the volume of each note... but it is not like a violin, a saxophone, a trumpet, a guitar, or a voice, where the musician can bend the note and exuberantly emote.

Yet, the kalimba has an expressive magic all its own. My message to you today: Use the powers of the kalimba to express and emote, with love.

26 November 2019

Kalimba Christmas Lyrics

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

Lyrics to Mark Holdaway's "Kalimba Christmas" Medley

Kalimba Christmas Lyrics

 

This is a medley of all the Christmas carols that were deeply meaningful to me as I was growing up. I first created this medley for Kalimba in 2002, and it is available on my CD "Christmas Kalimba".

 You can either read the lyrics silently as the kalimba plays, or you can sing along if you are inspired.

 

26 November 2019

Kalimba Christmas Lyrics 1

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

Lyrics to Some Kalimba Holiday Music

Kalimba Christmas Lyrics 1

 

 These are some secular holiday songs that I get great joy from playing on kalimba. You can either read along silently, or if you are inspired to sing, please join me!

 

17 August 2020

New: Bamboo 17-Note Kalimba

Posted in News and Announcements

This one looks and sounds bright and shiny!

New: Bamboo 17-Note Kalimba

I am particularly proud of the design of this kalimba. Ecologically sustainable bamboo, with a "KALIMBAMAGIC" swirl of motion resonating from the sound hole. My wife, artist Su Washington, and I, made this design.

"KALIMBAMAGIC" on the front is meaningful for two reasons. First, it is a call to you to create your own kalimba magic every time you pick up this kalimba. And second, this is a kalimba that I am happy to put my name on

17 August 2020

Hard Copy Book: Intro to the 17-Note Kalimba in C

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We have created eight song books for 17/C Kalimba - at last, the intro method book to help it all make sense!

Hard Copy Book: Intro to the 17-Note Kalimba in C

If you play the 17-Note Kalimba in C, this is the book you've been waiting for. It will help you chart your course through the kalimba waters in the months and years to come. It shows you all the basics, and shares links for more information about a number of topics. It has clear and simple photographs and illustrations to show you the basic playing techniques, and shows you in clear kalimba tablature examples of some of the essential kalimba playing strategies. And so much more!

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