Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Advanced Techniques
Tine Beating

We are returning to the Advanced Techniques series of tips we were running before the Christmas season.

We've been presenting different variations of how the tines can be plucked - glissando, thumb and finger, crossovers, etc. Here is a totally different approach - you can actually beat the tines. You could beat them with a pencil eraser, with a little steel drum mallet, or you could even beat them with your hand or fingers. As adjacent tines harmonize, don't worry about being sloppy - it will sound great.

Just experiment with what sounds good and what feels good. If it hurts, don't do it. I find that the Alto Kalimba is best for this technique. The Treble tines tend to be too close together. The penatonic kalimba has tines that are further separated, but they don't harmonize the same way as a diatonic kalimba.