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Mark Holdaway

Welcome to the New Kalimba Magic Web Site

As with most good things, this is a work in progress. Kalimba Magic is now a modern wordpress web site. As such it is (theoretically) much easier for me to maintain and (presumably) much easier for the user to navigate. That said, I know there are a great number of problems. There is still 5-year-old content that I need to update, and there are a lot of pages that have sloppy formatting. Perhaps the biggest loss is the 2005 – 2015 archival Kalimba Tips and Kalimba Newsletter Articles. That old content stuck around for the last five years, but now it is gone. If there is a particular post of

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New Instructional eBook for “Golden Moon” Moon-10 Tuning

The “Golden Moon” Moon-10 Tuning – gives you a lot of music on a very simple instrument. You can purchase the Moon-10 Kalimba in this “Golden Moon” tuning, or you can retune your Moon-10 yourself! The Golden Moon tuning is significant in that the low note is not the root note or key note. The root note is F, and the lowest note is C. This makes a great many songs possible. Demonstration of what makes the Golden Moon Tuning so capable. The Golden Moon ebook is a 106 page PDF, covering the standard introduction to the Moon-10, special playing techniques and strategies, plus a section with 26 general songs,

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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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Christmas Kalimba Videos

Christmas Carols are so so beautiful on kalimba I had spent 10 years getting good at playing kalimba, comfortable with holding it in my hands… but I was still mostly about making music up on the spot and improvising. But in 2002, I decided to really learn a whole bunch of Christmas carols on the kalimba. Creating these arrangements and then committing them to memory was the single biggest step in my personal improvement as a kalimba player. But now that I have perfected so many of these Carols, I can pass these arrangements and this Kalimba Wisdom to you. Blessings!   Part One of my Classic Christmas Kalimba Medley

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New: The Hokema B17, a top notch “17-Note Kalimba in C”

If you aren’t happy with the quality of your 17-Note Kalimba in C, try this one. The German-made Hokema Sansulas and Kalimbas have long been loved for their superb sound and quality… but the Hokema instruments were small, with 9 or 11 tines. They played beautiful, dreamy music, but were limited to play simple music. An introduction to the B17 kalimba, and why it is so good. Now, the B17 is available – 17 top quality tines mounted on a sturdy wood body. It is not the loudest kalimba, but all the notes have an even sound, and the notes sustain for several seconds. And while many 17-Note kalimbas have

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Easy Christmas Music: Book for 17-Note Kalimba in C

At last, the hard Copy Book is available! Get your Christmas Carol book today! Christmas carols on the kalimba can be so beautiful. They are my specialty – and now, they are my special gift that I share with the world. This collection of Christmas favorites has been arranged specifically for the 17-Note kalimba in C. This is the same content as the download of the same title, but it is a spiral-bound flat-laying hard copy book. This 60-page book has tablature and sound recordings for 32 different sacred and secular Christmas songs. Most are pretty easy, but there are also some more challenging carols to give you room to

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New Instructional eBook for “Blue Moon” Moon-10 Tuning

Learn to Fly Through the Chords in Blue Moon Tuning. You cannot play the song “Blue Moon” on the “Blue Moon Tuned Moon-10 Kalimba” – in fact, there are not a lot of “standard songs” this C minor pentatonic tuning will play. However, if you want to jam and improvise and be cool and play the blues, this is a great kalimba and tuning for you! You can purchase the Moon-10 Kalimba in this “Blue Moon” tuning, or you can retune your Moon-10 yourself! Jamming on Blue Moon Tuning with Guitar and Bass. You can purchase the Moon-10 Kalimba in this “Blue Moon” tuning, or you can retune your Moon-10

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Hard Copy Book: Intro to the 17-Note Kalimba in C

We have created eight song books for 17/C Kalimba – at last, the intro method book to help it all make sense! Order your Book: Intro to 17-Note Kalimba in C!   If you play the 17-Note Kalimba in C, this is the book you’ve been waiting for. It will help you chart your course through the kalimba waters in the months and years to come. It shows you all the basics, and shares links for more information about a number of topics. It has clear and simple photographs and illustrations to show you the basic playing techniques, and shows you in clear kalimba tablature examples of some of the

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New: Bamboo 17-Note Kalimba

This one looks and sounds bright and shiny! Get Your Bamboo 17-Note Kalimba Today!   I am particularly proud of the design of this kalimba. Ecologically sustainable bamboo, with a “KALIMBAMAGIC” swirl of motion resonating from the sound hole. My wife, artist Su Washington, and I, made this design. “KALIMBAMAGIC” on the front is meaningful for two reasons. First, it is a call to you to create your own kalimba magic every time you pick up this kalimba. And second, this is a kalimba that I am happy to put my name on The Kalimba Magic Bamboo 17-Note Kalimba OK, basically this is the same kalimba that has been coming

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