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T U E S D A Y   A R C H I V E S

06/20/06: Seek to Understand the Kalimba's Logic

06/27/06: Doubles, Anyone?

07/04/06: Exploring Two Note Harmonies

07/11/06: Shifting Up and Down the Kalimba

07/18/06: Thumb Nails

07/25/06: Using KtabS

08/01/06: Making a Wah-Wah Sound

08/08/06: Thumb Picking: a G Riff

08/15/06: Thumb Picking: a D Riff

08/22/06: Swing

08/29/06: More About Swing

09/05/06: Walking While Swinging

09/12/06: Let One Thumb Slack Off While the Other One Works

09/19/06: Now Let One Thumb Work While the OTHER Slacks Off

09/26/06: Walking on the Offbeats

10/03/06: Shape Your Nails For Your Kalimba

10/10/06: My Kalimba Kept Going Out of Tune

10/17/06: El Manisero: The Peanut Vendor on the 8-Note Kalimba

10/24/06: Don't Leave Your Kalimba On the Bus!

10/31/06: A Soulful Discovery in Chile

11/07/06: The 1-4-5 Progression on the Kalimba

11/14/06: Mark's Rule of Thumb

11/21/06: Intervals Explained

11/28/06: Take Care of Your Nails Before They Break

12/05/06: Getting KTabS

12/1205: Up on the Housetop

12/19/06: The Best Kalimba for Beginning Players

12/26/06: Being In Tune is an Easy First Step to Sounding Good

01/02/07: Be Inventive--There's More Than One Way to Plink a Kalimba!

01/09/07: You May Write the Names (or Numbers) of the Notes on your Kalimba Tines

01/16/07: When you play with another musician, LISTEN to them

01/23/07: On Wrong Notes - or Not!

01/30/07: More on Labeling Kalimba Tines

02/06/07: Relating Kalimba Notes to Piano Notes

02/13/07: Watch the Angle of Your Thumbnail on the Tine

02/19/07: Another Handy Kalimba Case!

02/27/07: How Low Can the Notes on the Kalimba Go?

03/20/07: Simple Arpeggios

03/27/07: Simple Riff With the Colin Walcott Tuning

04/03/07: Simplicity in Number of Notes

04/10/07: The Karimba-tuned 8-Note Kalimba: Another "2 vs. 3"

04/17/07: The Hitzazkiar Persian Tuning on the 8-Note Kalimba

04/24/07: Alternative Tuning for the Hugh Tracey Celeste Diatonic Junior: a perfect starting point for Celtic music

05/01/07: How the Hugh Tracey Got Its Stripes

05/08/07: Kalimba Etching

05/15/07: Weave Paper Through Your Tines For a Different Sound

05/22/07: Paper Weave Weaves Too Much?

05/29/07: Super Glue With a Little Brush

06/05/07: A Passing Rain

06/12/07: More on Intentionality

06/19/07: Imagine Playing the Kalimba

06/26/07: Charming Grasshoppers with the Kalimba

07/03/07: Hugh Tracey Kalimbas Mellow with Age

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LEARNING HOW TO PLAY TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

07/10/07: Twinkle, Twinkle, Lower Octave

07/17/07: Twinkle, Twinkle, Upper Octave

07/24/07: Twinkle, Twinkle, Lower and Upper Octaves Together

07/31/07: Twinkle, Twinkle, Upper Octave and 6th in the Bass

08/07/07: Chords to Twinkle, Twinkle

08/14/07: Chords and Melody to Twinkle, Twinkle

08/21/07: Alternating Bass for Twinkle, Twinkle

08/27/07: Alternating Bass Plus Melody for Twinkle, Twinkle

09/04/07: Just Go Wild Mixing Together Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

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09/18/07: More Solutions for Stressed Thumbnails

09/25/07: Painted Tines and Buzzes

10/02/07: Paint the Tines on Your Non-Hugh Tracey Kalimba

10/09/07: Be Inventive When You Paint the Tines of Your Kalimba

10/16/07: Remarkable, Older Kalimbas

10/23/07: An Engraved Kalimba

10/30/07: Upcoming PASIC Conference

11/06/07: Alto, Celeste Alto, TM Alto?

11/13/07: How Old is My Hugh Tracey Kalimba?

11/20/07: Make Yourself a Gourd to Play Kalimba In

11/27/07: A Message About Thumbnails From a Player

12/04/07: Oliver Mtukudzi's Ndakuvara

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SETTING UP YOUR KALIMBA

12/11/07: Setting Up Your Kalimba

12/18/07: Being In Tune

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12/25/07: Merry Christmas— St. Basil's Hymn

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SETTING UP YOUR KALIMBA (cont'd)

01/01/01: Uniformly Spaced Tines

01/08/08: Do Some Tines Stick Up or Lag Down?

01/15/08: Fixing the Buzz - Intro

01/22/08: Fixing the Buzz - Method 1

01/29/08: Fixing the Buzz - Method 2

02/05/08: Fixing the Buzz - Method 3

02/12/08: Painted Tines and Buzzes

02/19/08: Retuning Can Produce a New Buzz

02/26/08: Playing with a Buzz

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REHEARSING

03/04/08: Getting Beyond the Boredom of Rehearsing

03/11/08: Be Open to Self Evaluation

03/18/08: Can You Make Rehearsal a Daily Spiritual Practice?

03/25/08: Listen to Yourself

04/01/08: Record Yourself

04/08/08: The Zoom H4 Handy Recorder

04/15/08: Reaper - Free Software for Recording

04/22/08: Strategies for Recording in Rehearsal

04/29/08: Learn How to be Hard on Yourself

05/06/08: Learn to be Honest with Yourself

05/13/08: When You Are Centered, Distractions Don't Distract

05/20/08: Seek a Spiritual Practice

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THUMBNAIL CARE

05/27/08: What If You Can't Grow Thumb Nails?

06/03/08: My Playing Technique

06/10/08: How Long Should Your Thumb Nails Be?

06/17/08: What If You Break a Nail - Part I

06/24/08: What If You Break a Nail - Part II

07/01/08: How to Apply the Super Glue - Part I

07/08/08: How to Apply the Super Glue - Part II

07/15/08: How to Apply the Super Glue - Part III

07/22/08: How to Apply the Super Glue - Part IV

07/29/08: How to Apply the Super Glue - Part V

08/05/08: To Clip or to File - Part I

08/12/08: To Clip or to File - Part II

08/19/08: To Clip or to File - Part III

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READING RHYTHMIC NOTATION

08/26/08: Whole Notes

09/02/08: Half Notes

09/09/08: Quarter Notes

09/16/08: Mixing Half and Quarter Notes

09/23/08: Mixing Half and Quarer Notes—in Reverse!

09/30/08: First Syncopation

10/07/08: Ties and Dots

10/14/08: The Eighth Note

10/21/08: More Eighth Notes

10/28/08: Some Real Syncopation

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11/04/08: SPECIAL ELECTION DAY TIP

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11/11/08: Using Both Sides

11/18/08: A Simple Pattern to Practice Using Both Sides

11/25/08: A Simple Syncopation on Both Sides

12/02/08: Another Simple Pattern to Practice Both Sides

12/09/08: Syncopating on Alternating Sides

12/16/08: More Syncopation

12/23/08: Two Against Three

12/30/08: Another Syncopated Rhythm

01/06/09: Making a More Complex Pattern

01/13/09: Two Against Three—More Practice

01/20/09: Two Against Three—Reversed

01/27/09: Shifting the Perceived "1 Beat"

02/03/09: My Favorite Way of Playing Two Against Three

02/10/09: Two Against Three—Two Different Interpretations

02/17/09: Two Against Three—Symmetrizing Your Brain

02/24/09: Two Against Three—Remove Some Notes

03/03/09: Syncopation Studies Continued

03/10/09: Mirror Image of Last Week's Syncopation

03/17/09: Combine the Last Two Syncopation Lessons

03/24/09: Shifting the "One"

03/31/09: Shifting the "One" Another Way

04/07/09: A Different Syncopated Rhythm

04/14/09: Tracing the Moving Melody

04/21/09: Looking for the Non-melody Notes

04/28/09: Putting It All Back Together Again

05/05/09: Looking Back at What We've Done

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MELODY & HARMONY

05/12/09: Introduction

05/19/09: The Octave

05/26/09: More on the Octave

06/02/09: Dividing the Octave: the 5th

06/09/09: Dividing the Octave: the 3rd

08/11/09: The Major Arpeggio

08/18/09: Other Arpeggios

08/25/09: Why Arpeggios?

09/01/09: The Major Pentatonic Scale

09/08/09: The Minor Pentatonic Scale

09/15/09: Why Pentatonic Scales?

10/06/09: 12 Notes on the Piano

10/13/09: The Entire Piano is Built from Those 12 Notes

10/27/09: Whole Steps and Half Steps

11/03/09: Whole Steps and Half Steps Building the Scale

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HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING

12/08/09: First Line - Basic

12/15/09: Second Line - Basic

12/22/09: Third and Fourth Lines - Basic

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MELODY & CHORDS

01/05/10: Introduction

01/12/10: What's a Chord Progression?

01/26/10: A Listening Exercise

02/02/10: The Ambiguity of Chord Changes

02/16/10: Two Note Chords: Ambiguous But Suggestive

02/23/10: An Easy Way to Combine Chords & Melody, Part I

03/02/10: An Easy Way to Combine Chords & Melody, Part II

03/09/10: An Easy Way to Combine Chords & Melody, Part III

03/16/10: An Easy Way to Combine Chords & Melody, Part IV

03/23/10: An Easy Way to Combine Chords & Melody, Part V

03/30/10: An Easy Way to Combine Chords & Melody, Part VI

04/06/10: An Easy Way to Combine Chords & Melody, Part VII

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NEXT STEPS FOR 8-NOTE KALIMBA PLAYERS

06/08/10: The 8-Note and the 12-Note

06/15/10: The 8-Note and the Hugh Tracey Alto

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THE PENTATONIC KALIMBA SONGBOOK

6/22/10: Why is the Pentatonic Kalimba Great for Beginners?

06/29/10: Our Deep Connection to the Pentatonic Scale

07/06/10: As I Went Down to the River to Pray

07/13/10: One More River to Cross

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07/20/10: Be Open and Listen

07/27/10: Seek Depth

08/10/10: A "2B" Home Resonator

08/17/10: "2B" 9-Note Kalimbas Tuned Up

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THE I IV V CHORD PROGRESSION

08/24/10: Introduction

08/31/10: Triads

09/7/10: What To Do with These Chords?

09/14/10: Tablature for Arpeggiation

09/21/10: The 7 Chord: I-IV-V7

09/28/10: This Land is Your Land

10/05/10: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

10/12/10: La Bamba in G

10/19/10: The Lion Sleeps Tonight

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THE KALIMBA ON MY BRAIN

11/09/10: Build a Kaimba Map Inside Your Head

11/16/10: Using the Kalimba Map Inside Your Head

11/23/10: More Mental Kalimba Topography

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11/30/10: Which Kalimba is Right for Me?

12/07/10: Keeping Your KTabS Software Up to Date

12/14/10: Breathe When You Play

12/21/10: Walk When You Play

12/28/10: Sing While You Play

01/04/11: Speak While You Play

01/11/11: Beatbox While You Play Kalimba

01/18/11: Rhythm is More Important Than Which Notes You Play

01/25/11: Accuracy is More Important Than Speed

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GET YOUR KALIMBA STUFF ORGANIZED

02/01/11: Nikol's Kalimba Box

02/15/11: Nikol's Kalimba Kit

03/01/11: Nikol's Kalimba Tool Kit

03/08/11: What's Missing from Nikol's Kalimba Tool Kit?

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KALIMBA WARM-UP ROUTINES

03/15/11: Why a Warm-up Routine?

03/22/11: Mental/Spiritual Considerations

04/05/11: Physical Considerations

04/12/11: Your First Notes

04/26/11: Exercise 1: Scale Segments

05/03/11: Exercise 2: The Spider

05/10/11: Exercise 3: Arpeggios

05/17/11: Exercise 4: Octaves

05/24/11: Exercise 5: Chords

05/31/11: Exercise 6: More Octaves

06/07/11: Exercise 7: Building from Last Week

06/14/11: Do You Really Need to Warm Up on a Thumb Piano?

06/21/11: Approaching a Uniform State

06/28/11: Keep Having Fun

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MOST IMPORTANT THINGS FOR LEARNING KALIMBA

07/05/11: Don't Overdo It!

07/12/11: Listen to Your Kalimba

07/19/11: Scales

07/26/11: Multiple Scales

08/02/11: Chords

08/23/11: Listen to Your Body

08/30/11: Tablature

09/06/11: Trust in Yourself

09/13/11: Listen to Other People

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KNOW YOUR INTERVALS BY EAR

09/20/11: Intro

10/04/11: The Major Scale

10/11/11: The Octave

10/18/11: The Fifth

10/25/11: More Fifths

11/01/11: The Fourth

11/08/11: The Major Third

11/15/11: The Sixth

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11/22/11: Renewing Your Alaska Piks

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11/29/11: Using Thirds in "Silent Night"

12/06/11: The Second

01/03/12: Melodies and Harmonies

01/10/12: More Perspective

01/24/12: Even More Perspective

02/07/12: The Octave

 

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