Kalimba of the Month
The Hugh Tracey Bb Treble Kalimba

The Bb Treble Kalimba crept up on me. At first, I didn't like this particular Hugh Tracey treble kalimba, which my son had bought me on eBay. But over the course of two years, I retuned it, repainted it and gradually fixed it up until I loved it and it made sense. Now, it is my favorite kalimba, and I will even modify a Bb Treble kalimba for you.


The Bb Treble Kalimba in action.

Bb Treble Tuning

The Bb Treble kalimba has a very similar range to the Treble kalimba: it starts on Bb, rather than the Treble's B, and goes up to the Treble's high D. But this instrument is arranged like the Alto kalimba: the root is in the bass note, the two adjacent tines are painted, and the middle and high root notes are painted. But the root is Bb instead of G!

With the Bb Treble kalimba, it LOOKS like you are playing in G on an Alto, but the real note is higher. It is like putting a capo on a guitar. A capo is a device that clamps onto the guitar's neck to effectively shorten string length and raise pitch. When you put the capo on the 3rd fret of a guitar, what used to be in G is now in Bb.

This means that all of the songs I learned or wrote for the Alto can be played on the Bb Treble, with its higher, sweeter tone.

Bb Treble

Now is a great time to purchase a Bb Treble kalimba from the Kalimba Magic Shop! We are offering a 20% off sale on everything for the month of April 2009. To take advantage of the sale, just use the coupon code OOPSIE when you check out.

Learn more about this sale and why I'm calling it the Oopsie Special.

Go to the Bb Treble page in the Kalimba Magic Shop.

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