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TIP OF THE DAY ARCHIVES
W E D N E S D A Y   A R C H I V E S

06/21/06: Chords for the Alto and Treble Kalimbas

06/28/06: Using Both Thumbs to Play Chords

07/05/06: Arpeggios: Skeletal Chords

07/12/06: Chords in Action

07/19/06: Chords in Collision

07/26/06: Chords in Collision II

08/02/06: Fixing a Buzz

08/09/06: Don't Think Twice, It's Alright: First Line

08/16/06: Don't Think Twice, It's Alright: Second Line

08/23/06: Kalimba Tuning Contest Winner: Eric Zang

08/30/06: Kalimba Tuning Contest Winner: Jim Gates

09/06/06: One More Kalimba Tuning

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D MINOR TUNING

09/13/06: Starry Night on Treble in D Minor Tuning

09/20/06: More Starry Night on the Treble Kalimba in D Minor Tuning

09/27/06: Starry Night: Part 3

10/04/06: The Virtues of the D Minor Tuned Kalimba (or, What's a Mode?)

10/11/06: The Virtues of the D Minor Tuned Kalimba: Playing in B Flat Lydian Mode

10/18/06: The Virtues of the D Minor Tuned Kalimba: Playing in C Mixolydian Mode

10/25/06: Some KTabs Tips

11/01/06: Turning the World on to the Kalimba One Person At a Time

11/08/06: Advanced 1-4-5 Progression on the Kalimba

11/15/06: The Positive Side of Mark's Rule of Thumb

11/22/06: More Intervals for Harmony

11/29/06: Fix Your Nails When They Break

12/06/06: Using KTabS to Write Music for Multiple Kalimbas

12/13/06: Carol of the Bells on Alto and Treble Kalimba

12/20/06: The Best Kalimba for Advanced Players

12/27/06: Pre-Guess When Tuning--This Will Improve Your Ear

01/03/07: You'll Never Lose Your Kalimba With this Kalimba Necklace

01/10/07: Changing Octaves on the Pentatonic and Diatonic Kalimbas

01/17/07: Structuring Music in Groups of Four

01/24/07: Don't Tame Your Instrument--Let It Tame You!

01/31/07: Knowing the Note or Taking the Ride

02/07/07: Relating Notes on the Alto Kalimba to Notes on the Treble Kalimba

02/14/07: Playing in Other Keys Without Retuning

02/21/07: A Few Notes on Out-of-the-Box Karimba Tuning and Fiddling With Buzzy Notes

02/28/07: How High Can You Tune a Kalimba?

03/21/07: 2 Against 3 (again!!!)

03/28/07: Building a More Complex Riff From Yesterday's Riff

04/04/07: Playing Expressively

04/11/07: The Karimba-tuned 8-Note Kalimba: a Fancy Frill

04/18/07: The Ake Bono Japanese Pentatonic Scale on the 8-Note Kalimba

04/25/07: Here is What the Hugh Tracey Celeste Diatonic Junior Can Do in the Celtic Tuning

05/02/07: What If You Are Seeing Impaired?

05/09/07: Try a Different Tuning

05/16/07: On Playing Different Kalimbas

05/23/07: Alaska Pic Instructions

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RECORDING YOUR KALIMBA

05/30/07: Recording Your Kalimba: Set a Time Grid, or do a Free Form Recording?

06/06/07: Recording the Kalimba: Free Form Recording

06/13/07: Recording the Kalimba: Get in the Groove - Recording to a Time Grid

06/20/07: Recording the Kalimba: What's Important in a Groove Track? Tempo!

06/27/07: Recording the Kalimba: What's Important in a Groove Track? Swing!

07/04/07: Recording the Kalimba: What's Important in a Groove Track? Subtlety!

07/11/07: Recording the Kalimba: Get Audacity for Free

07/18/07: Recording the Kalimba: After You Install Audacity, You Need a Microphone

07/25/07: Recording the Kalimba: Making MP3 Files

08/01/07: Recording the Kalimba: I use Stereo Miking in the Studio

08/08/07: Recording the Kalimba: Try Routing the Signal Through an Effects Processor

08/15/07: Recording the Kalimba: Mixing Down

08/22/07: Recording the Kalimba: What About Burning a CD?

08/29/07: Recording the Kalimba: File Compression

09/05/07: Recording the Kalimba: Converting from WAV to MP3 Format

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PERFORMING ON THE KALIMBA

09/19/07: Performing on the Kalimba: Live Performances

09/26/07: Performing on the Kalimba: The Energy of an Observer

10/03/07: Performing on the Kalimba: Get Used to Being Distracted

10/10/07: Performing on the Kalimba: Should You Look at What You Are Doing?

10/1707: Performing on the Kalimba: But are they paying attention to you?

10/24/07: Performing on the Kalimba: Getting the Audience's Attention

10/31/07: Performing on the Kalimba: Your Kalimba Moment

11/07/07: Performing on the Kalimba: Improvisation

11/14/07: Performing on the Kalimba: Performing a Prepared Piece

11/21/07: Performing on the Kalimba: Prepared Piece With Breathing Room

11/28/07: Performing on the Kalimba: Solo or Accompanied?

12/05/07: Performing on the Kalimba: Kalimba as Supportive Instrument

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OLIVER MTUKUDZI'S NDAKUVARA

12/12/07: Oliver Mtukudzi's Ndakuvara: Kalimba and Key?

12/19/07: Kalimba Part for Main Verse Riff

12/26/07: Retune Your Alto to A Minor

01/02/08: Learn the Second Bit First

01/09/08: Learn the 1A Part with the 2 Part

01/16/08: Learn the 1B Part with the 2 Part

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BUILDING A GOURD RESONATOR OR A GOURD KALIMBA

01/23/08: Introduction

01/30/08: Playing Kalimba Inside a Gourd

02/06/08: A Great Place to Purchase Gourds

02/13/08: Cleaning Your Gourd's Skin

02/20/08: Sawing Open Your Gourd

02/27/08: Cleaning Out the Inside of Your Gourd

03/05/08: Sanding the Lip of Your Gourd

03/12/08: How Does the Kalimba Fit in the Resonator Gourd?

03/19/08: Decorating a Resonator Gourd

03/26/08: Buying the Face Wood

04/02/08: Cutting the Face

04/09/08: Making the Bridge

04/16/08: Gluing the Face

04/23/08: Tuning Up

04/30/08: Make One or Purchase One?

05/07/08: Inspiration

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THE WAH WAH EFFECT

05/21/08: Intro to the Wah Wah Effect Series

05/28/08: The Wah Wah Varies Across the Tines

06/04/08: The Wah Wah Shifts the Resonant Frequency to a Lower Pitch

06/11/08: The Wah Wah Engage Distance

06/18/08: Wah Wah for People with Small Hands

06/25/08: Using Your Free Thumb to Do the Wah Wah

07/02/08: How to Wah Wah When Your Thumbs are Busy

07/09/08: The Subtle Wah Wah

07/16/08: Minimize Noise by Clipping Your Nails

07/23/08: Explore the Expressive Kalimba

07/30/08: On the Origin of the Wah Wah Sound Hole

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BUILDING ON THE SANSULA

08/06/08: Less is More

08/13/08: A Riff Using Four Notes

08/20/08: A Complementary Riff

08/27/08: The Two Riffs Together

09/03/08: Analysis

09/10/08: A Fast Riff

09/17/08: A Complementary Fast Riff

09/24/08: Building in Complexity by Combining the Two Riffs

10/08/08: Square Music--Building Through Powers of Two

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LEARNING FIRST LOOK INSIDE

10/15/08: Part 1: Getting Started

10/22/08: Part 2: How I Wrote this Song

10/29/08: Part 3: More About How I Wrote this Song

11/05/08: Part 4: Intro Phrase

11/12/08: Part 5: Buildup

11/19/08: Part 6: Groove 1

11/26/08: Part 7: Groove 2

12/03/08: Part 8: Groove 3

12/10/08: Part 9: Groove 4

12/17/08: Part 10: Groove 5

12/24/08: Part 11: A New Chord Progression

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12/31/08: Kalimba Magic's Toast to 2009!

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LEARNING FIRST LOOK INSIDE (cont'd)

01/07/09: Part 12: Chord Progression Turnaround

01/14/09: Part 13: Heart of the Song—1st Chord

01/21/09: Part 14: Heart of the Song—2nd Chord

01/28/09: Part 15: Heart of the Song—Chords 1 & 2

02/04/09: Part 16: Heart of the Song—the Turnaround

02/11/09: Part 17: Putting Together the Heart of the Song

02/18/09: Taking a Breath!

02/25/09: Part 18: Jam after the Heart

03/04/09: Part 19: Jam after the Heart, Another Variation

03/11/09: Part 20: The Turnaround at the End of the Jam

03/18/09: Part 21: Reprise of the D - A - B minor Progression

03/25/09: Part 22: Outro

04/01/09: Putting it All Together

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LEARNING I'M MOVING TOMORROW

04/08/09: Introduction

04/15/09: Learning the Intro

04/22/09: Measures 16-23

04/29/09: Measures 24-32

05/06/09: Measures 33-40

05/13/09: Measures 41-48

05/20/09: Measure 49-56

05/27/09: Measures 57-60

06/03/09: Measures 61-65

07/08/09: Measures 65-72

07/15/09: Measures 73-80

07/22/09: Measures 81-88

07/29/09: Measures 89-96

08/05/09: Measures 97-112

08/19/09: Conclusion

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08/26/09: Yekermo Sew on Video

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TECHNIQUES

09/02/09: 1 - Two Note Chords on Adjacent Tines

09/09/09: 2 - Glissando

09/16/09: 3 - Wah Wah & Vibrato

10/07/09: 4 - The Deliberate Glissando

10/14/09: 5 - The Downward Glissando

10/21/09: 6 - Using Your Right Thumb and Index Finger

10/28/09: 7 - Right Thumb and Index Finger Simultaneously

11/04/09: 8 - Both Right and Left Forefingers and Thumbs

11/11/09: 9 - Down Up with Thumb (William Tell)

11/18/09: 10 - Lowest Note Cross Over

11/25/09: 11 - High Note Finger Cross Over

(techniques cont'd below)

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HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING

12/09/09: First Line - Advanced

12/16/09: Second Line - Advanced

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ADVANCED TECHNIQUES (cont'd from above)

01/06/10: 12 - Tine Beating

01/13/10: 13 - Pulloffs

01/20/10: 14 -Doppler Shift by Shaking Your Kalimba

01/27/10: 15 - Sing the Note You Don't Have

02/03/10: 16 - Guess the Technique and Win a CD

02/10/10: 17 - The Way It Is

02/24/10: Right Index Finger over the Thumb

03/03/10: Retrospective

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KALIMBA & GUITAR LESSONS

03/10/10: List the Chords That You Know

03/17/10: Go Back and Forth Between All Chord Possibilities

03/24/10: What Chord Combinations Feel Right?

03/31/10: Adding a Third Chord

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EXPLORING THE 12-NOTE KALIMBA

06/09/10: Counterpoint on the 12-Note Kalimba

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KALIMBA AMERICANA FOR THE ALTO KALIMBA

06/16/10: Cielito Lindo - Basic

06/23/10: Cielito Lindo - Advanced

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07/07/10: Three Ways to Pluck Kalimba Tines

07/14/10: One More River to Cross - Explained

07/21/10: Shortening Note Duration on the Alto

07/28/10: We Shall Overcome

08/11/10: Two Systems for Perceiving Kalimba Music

08/18/10: Simplify Your Playing by Using Subsets of Notes

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THE I IV V CHORD PROGRESSION

08/25/10: Introducing the I IV V Chords

09/01/10: Introducing Other Voicings for I, IV and V in G

09/08/10: Adventures in Arpeggiation

09/15/10: Advanced Tablature for Arpeggiation

09/22/10: Advanced Arpeggiation Example

09/29/10: I IV V Songs: This Land is Your Land

10/06/10: Rise Up Singing PLUS Chord Chart

10/13/10: Blowin' in the Wind

10/20/10: More on Transposing Songs in Rise Up Singing

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GIFTS FROM THE ANCESTORS

11/03/10: Another Gift - "Night Rider"

11/10/10: Tablature for the "Magical Spark"

11/17/10: A Closer Look at the "Magical Spark"

11/24/10: The "Magical Spark" - Exploring Inner Melodies

12/01/10: Another Inner Melody

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THE MBIRA CYCLE

12/08/10: Introduction to the Mbira Cycle

12/15/10: Sadza Madya Here

12/29/10: The Karimba Cycle Revealed

01/05/11: The Karimba Cycle Mapped into I-IV-I-V

01/12/11: Introducing the Mbira Cycle

01/19/11: Relating the Mbira Cycle to the Karimba Cycle

01/26/11: Examples of the Karimba Cycle and the Mbira Cycle

02/16/11: Understanding the Mbira Cycle as Ascending by 3rds or 4ths

02/23/11: Understanding the Mbira Cycle as State Vectors

03/02/11: Starting at Other Locations -- Em

03/09/11: Starting at Other Locations -- C

03/16/11: Wrapping it all up

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DEVELOPING A REPERTOIRE

04/20/11: 1: Why a Repertoire?

04/27/11: 2: Choosing Songs for Your Kalimba

05/04/11: 3: Use Different Kalimbas and Kalimba Tunings

05/11/11: 4: African Music

05/18/11: 5: Original Songs

06/01/11: 6: Keep a Song Notebook

06/08/11: 7: Make a Song List

06/15/11: 8: Making a Set List

06/22/11: 9: Save Your Set Lists

06/29/11: Get Media that Features African Music

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POINTING TO KALIMBA RESOURCES

07/06/11: The FAQs and the "Ask Mark" Newsletter Column

07/13/11: The Kalimba Magic Catalog

07/20/11: Learn Kalimba Riffs through Video

07/27/11: Kalimba Tuning Info

08/03/11: How to Use Alaska Piks

08/10/11: Thumbnail Care Guide

08/17/11: Kalimba Doctor! The Doctor is [IN]

08/24/11: Books and Downloads for the Alto Kalimba

08/31/11: New Instructional Download: Bob Marley on Kalimba!

09/07/11: Mark Holdaway!

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KALIMBA IMPROVISATION

09/28/11: intro

10/05/11: Why It Works So Well

10/12/11: Shaking it Up to Get New Sounds

10/19/11: Tune in to the Kalimba's Voice

10/26/11: Inherent Patterns

11/02/11: More Inherent Patterns

11/09/11: Improvisation and Composition

11/16/11: Geometrical Improvisation

11/23/11: Repetition in Improvisation

11/30/11: Repetition and Evolution in Improvisation

12/07/11: Improvising within a Structure

01/04/12: Improvising around Structure

01/18/12: Don't Say Too Much

01/25/12: Pay Attention to Phrasing

02/08/12: What Ties Your Phrases Together?

 

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