February 17, 2020

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Mark Holdaway

Why is the Kalimba Such a great instrument to play?

There are so many reasons to love it! Shop for Kalimbas, eBooks, and Kalimba Accessories   I have been playing music since I was 8 years old – for almost 50 years. I did not discover the kalimba until I was 24 – about 34 years ago. I have played many different instruments, and though I love many of them, the kalimba is my favorite. It is the instrument that I have become most recognized for, and it is also the instrument that I make my living through. What are my reasons for loving playing the kalimba so much? The first reason why I love playing kalimba: It helps you

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Mark Holdaway

Is The Hugh Tracey Kalimba Worth The Price?

“yes!” is the verdict of Kalimbacam’s glowing YouTube review of the Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba Top: Hugh Tracey Student Karimba on “TM” body. Right: Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba. Bottom: Hugh Tracey African-tuned Karimba   For the last two years, people have been asking me in emails: “So, is the Hugh Tracey kalimba really worth it? I can get a 17-note kalimba made in China for much less.” Of my own personal kalimbas, 8 out of the 10 that I commonly use for performances are Hugh Tracey instruments. Obviously, it’s clear to me that if you are at the performance level, the Hugh Tracey kalimba is worth it. But I have

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Mark Holdaway

Stuck on How a Song in an eBook Should Sound? Listen to it!

All songs in our downloads and books come with sound files, and here’s exactly how to access them This is the “sound icon” from our ebooks. When you click on the sound icon in an ebook, you will hear a recording of that song.   This morning, as I was playing kalimba and walking along the Tanque Verde wash, I answered a call from a customer who had bought the “44 Beginner Songs” ebook for the 17-Note Kalimba in C. She was so excited about progressing with the kalimba, her first musical success ever! She could read the tablature… but she said she didn’t play any of the songs that

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