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Mark Holdaway

Why I Am Publishing My Books on Amazon? My Books Have Been Pirated on Amazon.

These Hard Copy Kalimba Magic Books are now available at Amazon. Hi, I’m Mark Holdaway. I founded Kalimba Magic in 2005 and I immediately started writing Kalimba Books based on my Kalimba Tablature. I am particularly skilled at creating these Kalimba Books. Writing them has been a great joy in my life over the last 16 years, and it is an important component of my livelihood. Kalimba Magic has the best information for playing kalimba. Many of my competitors agree – they have pirated my materials. Now, they are selling books on Amazon that use my copyrighted materials. Even though I have submitted the intellectual property forms with Amazon, they

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Amazon Books = Free or Inexpensive Shipping in Many Countries

Of course, Kalimba Magic ships to virtually every country. But do you live in USA, Canada, Spain, England, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, or Japan? If so, when you buy one of the Kalimba Magic books from Amazon, it will be printed in your country, and shipped within your country. When you buy directly from Kalimba Magic, you will find international shipping is rather more expensive. But to a great many people, buying my books on Amazon will be an economically friendly option.   As I transfer more of the Kalimba Magic library to Amazon, I’ll keep you posted! It just means more options will be available to you. And please:

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Get Hard Copy of “Kalimba Americana for 17-Note Kalimba in C”

I wrote the “Kalimba Americana for 17-Note Kalimba in C” in the summer of 2019. Until now, it has only been available as a PDF download from Kalimba Magic. Now, you can purchase the “Kalimba Americana”  book from Amazon for $12. Want to learn more about the Kalimba Americana collection? Kalimba Americana for 17-Note Kalimba in C

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Get Hard Copy of “33 Intermediate Songs for 17-Note Kalimba in C”

The Intermediate Songs have been available as a digital download since 2019. Now, this collection of classical, African, American, Spirituals, and more is available as a hard copy book… from Amazon! You can purchase the “33 Intermediate Songs” book from Amazon for $12. The advantage of the digital download? The 80-page PDF contains live links to the sound files and other resources for your 17-Note Kalimba in C. But some people just want to have a physical book in front of them. The book comes with a QR code and a URL that will take you to a support page for this book… which includes the sound recordings for each

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Glissando Technique on the Kalimba

The glissando is best accomplished if you have some thumb nail, or are wearing Alaska Piks. Tilt your thumb nail slightly so it can sail over the tines as it moves outward, plucking them gently on the trailing side. Three adjacent tines make a triad. Four adjacent tines make a 7th chord. Five adjacent tines make a 9th chord. The tricky part is knowing which tine to stop on.   My Personal Experience Using Alaska Piks Chords on the 17-Note Kalimba in C  

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Free Kalimba Book Downloads for: 17-Note in C, 10-Note in C, and Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba

If you haven’t tried Kalimba Magic books or ebooks, I invite you to try one or more, right now, for free. Kalimba Books Using Kalimba Tablature I invented a wonderfully expressive and visually simple Kalimba Tablature in 2004, and I’ve been writing books with this tablature for 17 years now! So, while the books are mostly tablature for different songs or exercises, there are also photos and other graphical explanations. Each of my books or downloads come with a simple means of hearing what the music is supposed to sound like. The books either have a QR code to take you to a support page with the sound recordings… or

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“How do I hold the tablature to read it?”

An unnamed customer asks:  “Am I right that I have to turn all of your books sideways to read the tablature?” Well… if I had intended you to read it that way, I probably would have printed the books that way! No, no no… the tablature runs UP the page, not left to right across the page as standard staff notation. OK… why does the tablature run up the page? I suppose the answer is that I had the courage to buck the trend of western civilization and western music notation. I struggled with this for months. In 2004 when I invented kalimba tablature, I resisted making this decision. Playing

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Mini-7 Kalimba, Big and Small, for Intergenerational Duets

Here is my tip for you: a 7-note pentatonic kalimba, such as the Small Mini-7, is a great instrument for a child to learn on. And if you get the Large Mini-7, you and your little one can duet together. @kalimbamagicMini-7 Kalimba, big or small, comes with great new booklet. ##kalimbatabs ##kalimbatutorial ##mini7kalimba♬ original sound – kalimbamagic The Big one is a good size for adult thumbs, while the Small one is perfect for children (lets just say: 5 yrs and up). They are tuned to the same notes, and can follow the same tablature in the book… but the Large one is tuned an octave lower than the Small

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Why is Kalimba Tablature Better Than Numbers-Based?

Kalimba Tablature can Express Essentially Any Music, and it isn’t that hard Learn More About Tablature   I get a lot of requests for numbers-based instruction from people who cannot read music. While I have created numbers-based materials, they are very limiting. The world of possibilities is huge, deep and broad, and the numbers-based instructional materials can only touch the surface. In order to achieve kalimba greatness, I suggest you move over to the graphical Kalimba Tablature. To see some of the advantages to this approach, read on, dear reader!   Many people believe they cannot handle reading music. I understand this. But they tend to also believe they need

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