Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Next Steps for 8-Note Kalimba Players
The 8-Note and the Hugh Tracey Alto

A lot of people start on the 8-Note kalimba - both children and adults who are uncertain of their musical abilities. Many of these people wonder where to turn next after they have had success with their 8-Note kalimbas. Another logical next kalimba to turn to after the 8-Note is the Alto kalimba.

Relation between 8 Note and the Alto Kalimbas

The 8-Note is in the key of C and the Alto is in the key of G, so the note names do not line up between these two instruments. However, the 8-Note's pattern of 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 (Do re mi fa so la ti do) does match the central eight notes of the Alto kalimba.

This means that any song you can play on the 8-Note can immediately be reproduced on the Alto kalimba by pretending that the upper seven notes don't exist. In other words, getting an Alto for an 8-Note player is like moving into a house with two stories where the ground floor is just like your old single story house, and the fun part is learning how to use the second floor.