27 March 2019

EZ Numbers-Based eBook for Almost Any Kalimba

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

Give the new eBook a Test Drive for Free

My gift to the kalimba world is kalimba tablature. It is expressive and elegant. It can display any sort of music, and it reflects my internal conceptualization of the kalimba and its music.

However, not everyone likes my vertical tablature.

If the tablature is too much for you, you might want to try the Numbers-based approach.

Soon, I am going to have a full length Numbers-based book available for sale. Until then, I offer you this short "demo version" of the book for free.


The idea is that you should use a Sharpie marker to draw a few numbers on select tines on your kalimba, representing the "1", "2", "3"... and so on... of the scale. I show you which tines to number for the 8-Note, 10-Note, and 17-Note in C kalimbas. You don't need to number all of the tines, just the ones that a given section uses.

When you are ready to do something else, you can remove the markings on your tines with alcohol wipes.

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 (2)

  • Mary dunne

    Mary dunne

    20 May 2019 at 15:55 |
    I do not read music. What is the best way for me to learn your tablet your method. Do you have books, websites etc. where I can learn how to use your tablet yourmethof


    • Mark


      20 May 2019 at 16:57 |
      Look here for reading tablature: www.kalimbamagic.com/tablature

      Next, I advise you to get a tablature-based book that contains songs that you already know (Christmas or AMericana?) - you should be able to follow along with the tablature.

      - Mark


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