Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Advanced Techniques

The Karimba and the Sansula share a traditional African design element - two rows of interlocking tines. The shorter (higher pitched) tines are in between longer tines, so in order to play them, they are bent up, effectively making a row of longer tines and a row of shorter tines that are played in a plane above the longer lower tines.

The tines in the upper and lower rows often harmonize in nice ways. On the karimba, they are in octaves and in 5ths. You can easily pluck an upper row note with your thumb and continue to carry through with the thumb motion down to the lower row tine, playing two notes almost simultaneously. I call this technique a pulloff.

pulloff 1

pulloff 2

pulloff 3