Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Three Ways to Pluck Kalimba Tines

I have devoted lots of time and energy to thumb nail care because I, like most kalimba players, use my thumb nails to pluck the kalimba tines.

But you can also use the Alaska Pics - guitar picks that you can get in large or x-large to place on your thumbs. (You need to have about half a millimeter of thumb nail to hold the pick in place.)

There is still another option. I am becoming aware of a population of players that uses their thumb flesh. Scott Holt, Glen Davis, and Richard Crandell all use their thumb flesh when they play. The big thing to remember: play softly! Having the pickup plugged in helps you to be heard when you play softly.