17 February 2019
Learn to Play the 10-Note Kalimba - Revised
Four high quality instructional downloads will supercharge your kalimba journey
Kalimba Magic is the leader in kalimba instructional materials. We take that work to the next level with these four instructional eBooks for the 10-Note Kalimba in C. Three of the downloads are formatted for iPad or tablet, but you can use them on your smartphone (or any computer). Each page teaches a bite-sized bit of music. As this music is all cyclical, you repeat those four measures about a dozen times, becoming more sturdy as you go. If you want to hear what each song or pattern sounds like when played by yours truly, just touch the tablature - an MP3 will be downloaded, and you can play along with me!
The Christmas book download is formatted more like a standard book, and will print on 8.5 inch x 11 inch paper. This one is better for a computer screen or a laptop.
The 10-Note kalimba is a great place for any beginner to start. These kalimbas have just enough notes to play a whole bunch of songs, even with some chordal accompaniment, but they still have few enough tines to be pretty simple to play. Furthermore, the 10-Note kalimbas have wider tines that are more widely spaced, making them perfect for beginners.
I am so glad that I decided to take on the 10-Note kalimba and get very familiar with it. I find that simplifying to just ten easy-to-play notes has caused me to slow down and re-appreciate the instrument. I am playing more cleanly, and writing and creating great music on these instruments. Hey, if I am benefitting from playing this simple instrument, I bet it has some lessons to teach you as well.
One of the best things about playing the 10-Note kalimba is that everything you learn can be transferred to larger kalimbas such as the 17-Note kalimba in C or the Hugh Tracey Alto kalimba.
Here are the instructional materials that I've created for the 10-Note kalimba over the last year:
This 75 page pdf ebook is easy to use - live links to the sound files show you exactly how the song is supposed to go, and tablature shows you which tines to play. The 32 songs come from: African, Classical, Folk, Peace, Patriotic, Christmas, African American Spirituals, Reggae, ETC! To make the F tuning: take your 10-Note kalimba in standard C major tuning, and tune the B tine down a half a step to B natural, the simplest retuning that you could imagine for a kalimba - and doing so opens up a world of new song possibilities to this very simple kalimba.
This eBook is a PDF file with live links to the sound files that will illustrate how each song is supposed to sound, for the 10-Note, the 17-Note, and for the two kalimbas together. 70 pages, including 22 duets for the 10-Note kalimba in C and the 17-Note kalimba in C.
This book of duets gives you several great ideas for how two kalimbas can fit together to make music, from unison and simple thirds harmony to continuo, counterpoint, hocket, kushaura and kitsinhira parts... and rounds. Great fun, with an emphasis on how to create beautiful music with mostly simple parts working together.
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About the Author
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.