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"In the Night" and "Sunday Morning"
for Alto, Treble and Bb Treble Kalimbas

Below we provide you with tools for learning two great tunes on the Bb Treble, Alto, or regular Treble kalimba: "In the Night" by Mark Holdaway and "Sunday Morning" by Velvet Underground. These tools include mp3s for learning how the tune should sound and tablature for learning what notes to play.

Kalimba tablature, developed by Mark Holdaway back in 2005, is a great tool for learning how to play kalimba music. Part of its intuitive representation is made possible by the use of painted tines on the kalimba. The shaded tines in the tablature match the painted tines on the kalimba and help you translate notes from the tablature to the kalimba—guide posts for the novice and advanced player alike. In the video below of "In the Night", you can see there are six painted tines on that kalimba. For a more in-depth explanation, see Kalimba College: Why Are Some Kalimba Tines Painted? in this very newsletter.


"In The Night" — Romantic Song with Melancholy Feel

The outro verse at measure 49 through the end is the same structure as the first and second 16 measure verses, but the final verse is much simpler than the other verses - so you may want to start learning at measure 49 to ease you in to the song.


"Sunday Morning" by the Velvet Underground

Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground wrote this song in 1966, and it appeared on their debut album with Andy Warhol's yellow banana on it. John Cale decided to use the celesta (the piano-like "suger plum fairy" instrument) on "Sunday Morning", giving the song a distinctive kalimba-like sound. At the 2015 Tucson Folk Festival, my friend Grace Hartman, a kalimba player for all of two months, performed the kalimba part while Linda Rothchild and I sang, and I played guitar for our own version of "Sunday Morning". In other words, you can play this song too!

One of the keys to Grace's success was the tablature for the kalimba part of Sunday Morning. The Velvet Underground perform the song in the key of F, and the Hugh Tracey G Alto Kalimba can be tuned down to F. You can do this retuning yourself, or you can purchase a kalimba in a special tuning such as F by requesting that tuning in the SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS field while ordering. The tablature is provided below in both F and G, though SURPRISE, the two tabs are identical, only the note names have been changed.


By the way, these are the same basic components you get in many of our instructional downloads: tablature PDFs, KTabS* files, and usually MP3 files played live OR generated from KTabS in the computer (so even if you don't get KTabS, you can still hear what the music is supposed to sound like).

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* You can learn more about KTabS on this Learn How page. In order to view the KTabS format file, you will need to install the KTabS program on your Windows computer. You can download the KTabS Reader for free, or you can download the full KTabS Program in Demo version for free (it will work for two weeks, but you can't save any files). The full KTabS program costs $30, and I can tell you that with the number of hours I have used KTabS, it is worth $1000 to me! It is possible to get KTabS to run on the Mac: we have instructions for running it on Darwine HERE and you can check out using CrossOver Mac to run KTabS HERE.