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Welcome to “365 Days to Kalimba Mastery, Volume I” for 17/C Kalimba

  There Should Be a Welcome Video Here Right About Now There isn’t a welcome video yet – hopefully only a few days have gone by since “now for me”, and I get this video up soon. But just so I don’t totally disappoint you, I would like to share with you the first two sound files for this 365 Days book… though if you are here, you have access to these already through links from the “365 Days” PDF file. They are good to listen to, and I am proud of them!   Recording: Welcome to the 365 Days, Volume I Book for 17-Note Kalimba in C   History

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Updated: Christmas Music Resources

If you want to perform some carols on kalimba this Christmas, start here! Over the years, I have created a lot of books, instructional materials, videos, and articles about playing Christmas music on your kalimba. For your Christmas consideration, I have collected it all in one place for you. If you want to spend money, we have plenty of books, ebooks, and CDs for you to take advantage of. If you don’t want to spend money, we have created a lot of free resources, and they are all listed here. You might ask why I have so many resources for playing Christmas music on the kalimba. It is because I

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Pre-order “365 Days to Kalimba Mastery” for 17/C Kalimba, at half price

This groundbreaking guide to kalimba mastery will be available for download Jun 30 2022. You can pre-order it now for  half price at $6. Why You Need This Book This book serves you bite sized bits of kalimba wisdom and beauty, that fit on your phone screen, to help you play kalimba like I do. Each lesson has one screenful of tablature (typically 4 measures), a sound recording, and my explanatory words. Many lessons also have staff notation. The kalimba is a totally amazing instrument, capable of much magic and much music. But almost all of the instructional material available for the kalimba focuses only on the melody. The true

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Can You Help Spread the Word About Kalimba Magic?

Can you help spread the word about Kalimba Magic? This is my moment of need, and I am reaching out to you because I believe you have benefited from what I do: Kalimba Magic. You may have benefited from one or more of our kalimbas… a Hugh Tracey, or a Sansula, or a Goshen? A SaReGaMa tuning? A karimba? A Magadi kalimba? Or one of the new Chinese 17-Note or 10-Note Kalimbas? You may have benefited from one or more of the 100 kalimba books or ebooks I have written for various kalimbas and musical genres. You have almost certainly benefited from the kalimba tablature that I invented in 2004,

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Kalimba Gifts for Graduation

A kalimba is a great gift, especially for young graduates who could use a little nudge in the direction of wonder! Save 30% on Kalimbas Through June 5 2022 with Code KalimbaGrad When you get a gift for someone graduating school, you want something beautiful. You want something that opens doors into new futures, new possibilities, new worlds. You want something that they can grow into. You want something that is meaningful and open ended. You want to get something that your graduate can make their own. And you want to gift them something that also reflects your values. What values might you bring with your kalimba gift? Peace =

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Kalimbas: Constructive, Educational Summer Fun for Kids 6 and Up!

This summer, instead of letting your kid’s cell phone instruct them in the way of video games… maybe it is time for your kid to get a kalimba and begin their kalimba journey? Playing kalimba exposes your child to new cultural and musical ideas. Playing kalimba promotes independence, as your kid goes off and figures it out. Playing kalimba calms your kid down, as they focus in on this sweet little musical instrument. Playing kalimba is good for the brain, promoting right – left collaboration and hemispheric balance. My rule of thumb for kalimbas and kids is: one tine per year of age. There is a lot of slush in

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Do Something for Yourself: Try the Moon-10 Kalimba?

If you are tired of playing the same old kalimba stuff on the 17-Note Kalimbas, try exploring new worlds with the Moon-10. First off, the Moon-10 has great tines and mind-blowing special effects (the full-body wah wah). This kalimba tends to come in simplified pentatonic scales. This along with the innovative note layout make the Moon-10 great for improvising. And the diversity of tunings it comes in means you can dial in the types of music it will create: Phases of the Moon: Moon-10 Alternative Tunings This video shows two different tunings of Moon-10 Kalimba – F# NAF on the left and Silk Moon on the right. I don’t have

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What is a “Celeste” Kalimba?

The “celeste” models are Hugh Tracey kalimbas mounted on a thin, tapered wooden block, instead of the resonant boxes that the standard Hugh Tracey kalimba models are mounted on. There are box-mounted traditional kalimbas. The one that I saw was a solid piece of wood that had been hollowed out from the end. But most traditional African kalimbas are a bunch of tines mounted on a solid piece of wood. So the celeste models are structurally more similar to traditional kalimbas than the common box kalimbas are. Essentially every Hugh Tracey kalimba comes in a box-mounted version and a celeste version. All celeste Hugh Tracey kalimbas have the same body

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New Download and Book: “Blank Tablature and Tunings for Popular Kalimbas”

  This 8.5″ x 11″ book of blank tablature contains blank tablature and blank chord charts for six different types of kalimba, in two different painting schemes.  This is a great way for you to write down your kalimba musical ideas or compositions. Here is the table of contents for the book. The first 15 pages deal with showing you about the finer points of Kalimba Tablature and the two painting systems. The rest of the book is tablature and chord blanks for the various kalimba types… along with some very special allternative tuning suggestions for most of these kalimba types. This book is available as a hard copy from

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