I love walking through canyons, woods,
mountaintops, and playing kalimba in joyous response to the beauty and
wonder of an Earth that long preceded us.
In a recent hike in the fire-scarred mountains north of Tucson, I witnessed the devastation caused by wildfire, but I also encountered the resilience of nature as well as the resilience of humans...
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Teachers! Are you looking for some interesting ways to use the kalimba in
your classroom? I've got 10 great ideas for you: easy kalimbas for young
students to play, traditional African music and stories, a downloadable presentation
Residing in San Francisco, Carl Winters has been playing for
35 years and has become known as the Kalimba King:
"For me it's all about freedom of expression. The kalimba is a vehicle that I
use to express my experiences as well as my imagination."
"I recently received my brand new Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba with pickup. What a lovely instrument!
After getting used to it I decided to try the pickup. Even though I was pretty sure it wasn't the
way to do it, I tried to connect it directly in my mixer inputs. The preamp changed nothing and
in all cases, it sounded so thin and tinny it was ridiculous. The next day, I embarked on the
quest for the best solution."
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The KTabS program is flexible enough to accommodate any
type of kalimba. To prove it, we explore the traditional mbira song
Nyamaropa. This song is often played by two players, offset by
one beat to make an amazing "digital delay" type effect...
In this informative article, we teach you a bit about traditional Ugandan
amadinda music, including general methods of playing and
two short traditional songs. We also give you info to help in playing this instrument with kalimbas. Amadinda/kalimba collaboration is a new frontier!
Most owners of a Hugh Tracey Kalimba eventually experience Buzzy Tine Syndrome. While the Hugh Tracey kalimba usually sounds like an angel, buzzes can develop that sound horrible. Actually, buzzes come in varieties—a light buzz can be pleasant. But a heavy buzz is just plain nasty. Fortunately, there's a simple fix...