Articles tagged with: B11 Sansula

20 December 2019

B11 Kalimba Video

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

Multi-mode music from my book "Exploring the Hokema B11 Kalimba"

B11 Kalimba Video

When you start playing your kalimba, on which note do you start? Most people think the low(est) note is where they should start - and they tend to play their kalimba in that key. However, you can play your kalimba emphasizing other notes, and not only do you play in a different "key" in each case, but you will also play with a different scale or mode... and each scale gives your kalimba playing a different flavor.

If you have a B11 kalimba, watch this video of B11 multi-mode music. you can learn these "tricks" and understand how to play this way yourself.

And even if you don't have the B11 kalimba, this lesson can be applied to other kalimbas! Check it out!

11 September 2019

Instructional Resources for the B11 Kalimba

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

Tunings, Books, eBooks, and Kalimbas

Instructional Resources for the B11 Kalimba

The simple 9-Note Sansula, or Hokema B9, has been a spectacular, emotive instrument that people have loved for almost 20 years.

Now it's time to move up to the B11. While the Sansula is charming and beautiful, there are precious few songs you can play on it. The B11 has another name - the "Melody". That is because it lends itself to making melodies with simple accompaniment,

In other words, if you seem to be at a dead end with the Sansula, you might want to check out the B11, because there is so much more music you can do with it!

05 September 2018

Introducing The B11 Sansula

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

11 notes (in any of the exotic B11 tunings), mounted on a sansula resonating body

Introducing The B11 Sansula

People have literally been dreaming about this instrument for over 10 years, and now it is here.

The Sansula, with its 9 charmingly exotic, crystal-clear notes, was an instant hit, but people wanted more - more notes and more musical possibilities. I have heard dozens of people express their wish for a "bigger sansula" and today that instrument is here.

Hokema (its creator) calls it the Melody Sansula, but I call it the B11 Sansula. I think my name tells more about this instrument.