09 November 2018

Easy Christmas Music: 17-Note Kalimba in C

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

All your holiday favorites, arranged just for your kalimba

This collection of Christmas favorites has been arranged specifically for the 17-Note kalimba in C.

I have been playing Christmas Carols on the kalimba for 20 years. Not only is it a fine way to learn your kalimba, working on songs you already know. It is also a fantastic way to cultivate feelings of joy and gratitude during the lead-up to the holiday season. It is also a great way to share joy with other people in your life.

This 59-page PDF download with clickable links to MP3 files has tablature for 32 different versions of 28 different carols. This book has enough easy songs to have you playing carols right away, and it has enough complex songs to keep you learning carols each holiday season for years!

 

Look at the Table of Contents from the download and see the songs that are in this book.

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By the way, almost anyone should be able to sit down with this download and play the Level 1 songs on their 17-Note kalimba today. The Level 2 songs should be within reach of most players after a few days of playing. The Level 1 and Level 2 songs are quite simple, and they help you build the skills you will need to take on the Level 3 songs, which have both melody and full chords and should be your goal after a few weeks of playing. The few Level 4 songs have counterpoint - meaning two different melodies at once, which is complicated, and you may get to that point after weeks or months of playing.

"I Saw Three Ships" is a Level 1 song, which typically has only the melody:

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By the way, we have just come out with four very similar books of Christmas Carols for: the 10-Note Kalimba in C, the 17-Note Kalimba in C (ie, this book), the Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba, and the Hugh Tracey Treble kalimba. Each of these kalimbas will have somewhat different arrangements for several of these carols, and each download comes with instructional recordings on the appropriate kalimbas.

In other words, for the first time ever, the four most popular kalimba types in the world each have their own beautiful and highly capable collection of Christmas music.

About the Author

Mark Holdaway

Mark Holdaway

Mark Holdaway has been playing kalimba for over 30 years.  He invented his kalimba tablature in 2004, and has been writing books and instructional materials for kalimba ever since.  His business, Kalimba Magic, is based on the simple proposition that the kalimba is a real musical instrument capable of greatness.  Mark's kalimba books are a down payment on this proposition.

Comments (9)

  • Ronnie Reid

    Ronnie Reid

    14 December 2018 at 20:32 |
    I purchased this book. Where is it.

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    • Mark

      Mark

      15 December 2018 at 18:49 |
      Ronnie, you purchased a PDF download. The first paragraph of the product description says:

      "Are you a beginning kalimba player who wants to learn some Christmas Carols for their 17-Note kalimba in C (ie, Kalimba Magic Heart 17, Gecko, Donner, or Walter kalimbas)? This is the product for you. This is an instructional download (a PDF, not a hard copy book),"

      At this time I do not have ANY hard copy books for the 17-Note kalimba in C. I will have books in some months, but right now it is just downloads for that kalimba. Do you need help downloading the PDF? Do you not have access to a device that will display a PDF file?

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    • Mark

      Mark

      15 December 2018 at 18:54 |
      Oh - I see the problem - when you purchased from us, you misspelled your email. I will send it to you. - Mark

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  • STEPHEN S. ROTHSCHILD

    STEPHEN S. ROTHSCHILD

    18 December 2018 at 18:28 |
    I much prefer hard copy instead of a computer. When learning I can handle a book easier then a laptop, I want your "source " for learning. Any idea when/if this PDF will be available in hard copy?

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    • Mark

      Mark

      18 December 2018 at 18:38 |
      Stephen - I've written a whole bunch of books, and they take up a lot of space. People have lately been asking more and more for instructional downloads, so my strategy in the last 3 years has been to create the material as a high quality, well laid out and well edited PDF download that can be viewed in ibooks, and then print the ones that reveal themselves to be popular. I will be getting this one printed in hard copy in a few months.

      Do you have a tablet or ipad? The ZIP files don't work well on an ipad, but the PDFs do. - Mark

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      • STEPHEN S. ROTHSCHILD

        STEPHEN S. ROTHSCHILD

        19 December 2018 at 11:27 |
        Thank you for the time you took to reply. It must be over whelming to do so to all your inquiries. PLEASE notifiy me when you Christmas song book is available. I ill purchase it on the spot! Is there another publication or download similar to this one but not all Christmas melodies?A good instruction book for BEGINNERS?

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  • Patricia

    Patricia

    28 December 2018 at 15:20 |
    I purchased & downloaded the Christmas book. I tried to print it out for myself & could only print from 43-60 the rest I could not print & now the download is gone totally

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  • Ed M.

    Ed M.

    20 August 2019 at 15:36 |
    This book is a fantastic resource for anyone who is just starting out, or for anyone who plays but wants to move into more advanced technique. I'm so happy I ordered this. It's helped improved my playing after just a couple of days.

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    • Mark

      Mark

      20 August 2019 at 19:50 |
      Thank you Ed, I'm glad that you are getting a lot out of the eBook.

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