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“Space Playing” on the Mystical Sansula

My 2007 Sansula “Space Playing” Video   After many requests, I have finally notated the tablature for this old Sansula Video of mine. The download is FREE. This music is for the standard A minor tuning. Download the entire three page PDF for free. Sansula Renaissance Product Page. Sansula Deluxe (Skin) Product Page.   How to Play the Sansula Sansulas, the Most Magical-Sounding Kalimbas Playing the Sansula 2.0 – Brand New Download  

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New eBook of old Book: Kalimba Fundamentals for Treble Kalimba

If you are starting out on the Hugh Tracey Treble Kalimba (17-Notes, key of G, but a low note of B), this is a great place to get started.  This is a PDF eBook, 34 pages with tablature, photos and live links to MP3 files. Includes instruction on technique, help reading tablature, scales, chords, patterns, riffs, and several songs. If you own a new 17-Note Kalimba in C (a copy of the Hugh Tracey Treble, but in a different tuning), this book will not work for your kalimba. See here. When I learned how to play kalimba 30 years ago, there were no books.   Ten years ago, this was the

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Do You Know Mark Holdaway’s Kalimba CDs?

I am  Mark Holdaway, founder and director of Kalimba Magic since 2005. I am a multi-instrumentalist, but Kalimba takes the front seat in most of my music. In recent years, I have focused most of my musical creativity on my Kalimba Books and Kalimba Downloads. However, I am very proud of my earlier kalimba-based CDs of mostly original music, and I invite you to listen to samples of this music, and purchase one or more CDs if you like the music. Get “Between the Dark and the Light” CD The Dark and the Light: Morocco: Where is the Rain?: Get “Two Thumbs Up” CD Robert’s Dream: Kicked by the Snow:

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What People Are Saying About Kalimba Magic

“I love Mark’s Kalimba Magic’s kalimbas. I own one so far (Hokema Kalimba Sansula Deluxe) and I’m eyeing more to come. I am fascinated by this instrument ever since my teen years spent in DR Congo and Burundi, Africa. My brother and I had a couple of them made by local artisans. Today it means SO MUCH to have someone such as Mark caring for kalimbas and helping them find new owners! This instrument will bring true peace and inspiration to your day. Just one strike and I can step deep within myself, connect with the world around, in a very special way. Mark’s kalimbas are spread with love. He

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New eBook: 52 Exercises and Songs for the Hugh Tracey HotShot-11 Kalimba

This is the original 52 Exercises & Songs collection for the Hugh Tracey HotShot-11 (aka “Hugh Tracey Celeste Diatonic Jr.”)… but formatted and done up as a very nice eBook that leads you through playing the HotShot-11 in all of its glory. Get the HotShot-11 Download Today! Most kalimbas start on “Do” (as in “Doe, a Deer”)… the key note of the kalimba. The HotShot-11 is rooted in G… but the low note is D, the 5th, or “So” (as in “Do Re Mi Fa So”). This will slow you down a great deal if you don’t understand it… but if you do understand it, the low 5 in the

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How do you like the “365 Days to Kalimba Mastery” for 17/C Kalimba?

Download your “365 Days to Kalimba Mastery, Volume I” Today! The “365 Days to Kalimba Mastery” is formatted to display tablature for about four measures of looped music on your phone. With these bite-sized lessons, you don’t get lost on a big page full of tablature. You can focus in on learning a small bit of music that you can hold in your memory. The PDF eBook includes live links to the sound files, so you can hear how it is supposed to go and play along. The lessons build on each other, to help get you to play some amazing kalimba music! Hear what customers are saying about this

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Really Nice Tuning Hammers, from Magadi of Course!

The Magadi tuning hammer has a nice wooden handle that fits perfectly in your hand, and is also perfectly balanced. For a superior kalimba tuning experience. Get your Magadi Balanced Tuning Hammer. Here are some relevant details: we have two types of kalimba tuning hammers, these Magadi hammers with the wood handle, and the generic hammers with just the narrow metal handles. If you add a tuning hammer to your kalimba order, it will be the generic hammer. To get the Magadi tuning hammer, you need to order the product “Magadi Tuning Hammer”. Actually, the Magadi kalimbas do not automatically come with any tuning hammer. The Bamboo 17 and the

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US Supreme Court Dooms the World to Excessive Climate Change – Please Act Now

  I will spare you my general opinions of the US Supreme court, and the details of how we got to this place. I recognize the right of all people to hold their own beliefs, and I trust that the world is a better place when we are able to hear and understand each other. But the US Supreme Court, in denying that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not legally permitted to regulate green house gases is essentially dooming the entire world to a more-or-less unlivable future. This could doom approximately half of all species of living things on earth over the next few centuries as habitat becomes

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It is here! “365 Days to Kalimba Mastery” for 17/C Kalimba

Download your “365 Days to Kalimba Mastery, Volume I” Today! 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 brilliance of the kalimba derives from the combination of melody, harmony and rhythm working

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