Articles tagged with: Heart-17 Kalimba

12 May 2020

Tablature for Payphone on the 17-Note C Kalimba

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This is a great song to play on the kalimba

Tablature for Payphone on the 17-Note C Kalimba

I long thought that the best music was created in the 1960s, and some in the 1970s.

However, I am now of the belief that the pop music of the last 10 years is as good as its ever been. So I am starting to learn some of these modern pop songs on kalimba, and you, dear reader, will be the beneficiary of these pop songs.

Enjoy this arrangement of the Maroon 5 song "Payphone".

08 February 2019

Resources For the 17-Note Kalimba in C

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Everything we have that will work for your 17-Note Kalimba in C

Resources For the 17-Note Kalimba in C

I have recently written some great eBooks for this kalimba. These books use kalimba tablature, which is easy to read and very expressive. In addition to tablature and recordings for each song, these eBooks offer insights into how to read the tablature, how to tune, the kalimba's history, how to accomplish the various moves you need to make on your kalimba, and more. Everything you need to have a wonderful kalimba ride!

Says one recent customer, after she purchased our instructional downloads:

"Mark, I am already practicing the songs and love it. I’ve never played anything in my life and now at almost 70, I am living a dream! Thanks to you."

10 May 2019

A New Painting Option for the 17-Note Kalimba in C

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

Two Different Colors lets you take instruction from two different sources

A New Painting Option for the 17-Note Kalimba in C

Why are some tines painted? Mainly to help you keep track of where you are on the instrument... but also to assist you in transferring notes from kalimba tablature to the kalimba.

There are now two different systems for painting the 17-Note kalimba in C. The Chinese system paints 5 tines, including the central tine. On the other hand, the Kalimba Magic system paints 6 tines.

If you want to use the Kalimba Magic instructional materials for the 17-Note kalimba in C, you need to use the Kalimba Magic painting system. If you want to use the Chinese instructional materials, you should use the Chinese painting system.

I have recommended people get their kalimbas unpainted, and they can color selected tines with Sharpie marker, which is removable, so you can change to whatever system you end up using, or even go back and forth.

And now - here is a way of painting the tines that embraces both the Chinese and Kalimba Magic systems.

13 April 2019

Exotic Tunings for 17-Note Kalimba

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

Reinvent your Kalimba, Re-energize your Kalimba Playing

Exotic Tunings for 17-Note Kalimba

If you ever get to the point where you feel your kalimba is old hat, or you cannot think of anything new to do on it, you need to come back to this article.

By retuning your kalimba to a new tuning, you basically get a new instrument that presents you with a new world view and plays new music, all for the price of... the five or ten minutes it will take for you to retune your kalimba.

You would be amazed - these tunings sound so rich and amazing and different! Just listen to each one. Each is a land I would love to explore.

17 August 2020

New: Bamboo 17-Note Kalimba

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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!