18 July 2018

66 Songs for the 17-Note Kalimba in C

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

The 66 Songs Download has been replaced with user friendly 44-Beginners-Songs and 33-Intermediate-Songs

The 44 songs in the download were taken from various Kalimba Magic collections and modified for use with the 17-Note "Treble" Kalimba in the key of C, which is sold under a great many brand names at this time - Donner, Walter, Heart-17, and Gecko, among others.  The collections that went into this download include: African American Spirituals, traditional African karimba tunes, classical pieces, folk and pop music, Americana and patriotic, and some children's songs.

These songs are rated by difficulty, with songs in each category between 1 and 5.

 

Tuning 17CIs your kalimba tuned like this tuning chart? If so, this download is the right one for you. If the tines are unpainted, you can paint them with enamel paint, or mark them with decals or Sharpie markers. If your kalimba's tuning is the same as the chart but is not painted like it, try for a redo on the paint job. Correctly marked tines are indispensable in learning to play and in reading tablature.

My customers had a hard time trying to download the old "66 Song" Zip file to their cell phones and such, so we are replacing the old product with "44 Beginners Songs for the 17-Note Kalimba in C" - a single PDF file that can be downloaded to cell phones, tablets, iBooks, and your desktop computer (available Jan 8 2019). Coming soon is "33 Intermediate Songs" and "22 Insanely Difficult Songs".

44B Songs 17C TOC

We have added ten more Level 1 songs to the original collection and simplified many of the arrangements, focusing on Level 1, 2, and 3 songs. Now, this download really is oriented toward the beginning kalimba player. Look for "33 Intermediate Songs for the 17-Note" in 5-10 days.

What if I only have five tines painted? What do I do?

If your kalimba has 5 painted tines, including the center tine, and its low note is a B, and it has F# notes, then you have the Hugh Tracey Treble kalimba in standard G tuning. Which means that there is a different 66 Songs download for the Treble Kalimba that will work for your instrument..

If you are in the key of C with a lowest note of C, but you have 5 painted notes, then you are in between. You could retune to the standard G tuning with low note of B (a standard G major Treble Kalimba), or you could remove the paint or decals and repaint as a C Treble with six painted tines as above.

By the way, the song that plays in the media viewer below, "Deck the Halls," is a Level 4 arrangement that is no longer in this collection. It is, however, in the "Easy Christmas Carols for the 17-Note Kalimba in C" download.

Book: 44 Beginner Songs for the 17-Note Kalimba in C

Book: 44 Beginner Songs for the 17-Note Kalimba in C

Finally! A hard copy 62-page book with downloadable MP3 files for each song! This is the exact same material as the 44 Songs download. This is a great way to learn to play the 17-Note Kalimba in C. Contains children's songs, "Shenandoah," "Beautiful Dreamer," "Ode to Joy," "You Are My Sunshine," "God Bless America," "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," "My Country 'tis of Thee," and much more.

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44 Beginner Songs for the 17-Note Kalimba in C

44 Beginner Songs for the 17-Note Kalimba in C

This is a 62-page, PDF eBook with live links to MP3 files for each song. This is a great way to learn to play the 17-Note Kalimba in C. Contains children's songs, "Shenandoah," "Beautiful Dreamer," "Ode to Joy," "You Are My Sunshine," "God Bless America," "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," "My Country 'tis of Thee," and more.

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33 Intermediate Songs for the 17-Note Kalimba in C

33 Intermediate Songs for the 17-Note Kalimba in C

An 82-page, PDF eBook with live links. This is a great next step for learning the 17-Note Kalimba in C after you have worked through most of the "44 Beginner Songs" or "Easy Christmas Carols" eBooks. Songs include "Bach's Minuet," "Finlandia," "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," "Shumba Panzira," "Chemtengure," "Suwannee River," "Wayfarin' Stranger," "We Shall Overcome," "Hard Times Come Again No More," "Marine's Hymn," "De Colores," "Swing Low Sweet Chariot," "O Danny Boy," and more.

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Kalimba Americana for the 17-Note Kalimba in C

Kalimba Americana for the 17-Note Kalimba in C

A 54-page, PDF eBook with live links. This is a great collection of music in the traditions of American folk, Spirituals, and Patriotic music. Songs rated between Level 0 and Level 4. Of the 29 songs, 18 are Level 0, 1, or 2, making this a good option for beginning kalimba players.

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Easy Christmas Carols on the 17-Note Kalimba in C

Easy Christmas Carols on the 17-Note Kalimba in C

This 82-page PDF eBook is a delightful way to learn to play the 17-Note Kalimba in C. It starts out with simple melodies and progresses by adding more harmony notes as you make your way through the book. 28 songs (there are multiple versions of some songs). You likely have known most of these songs since you were a child: "Silent Night," "The First Noel," "O Christmas Tree," "Jingle Bells," "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Deck the Halls," "Away in a Manger," "Carol of the Bells," and more.

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Easter Hymns for the 17-Note Kalimba in C

Easter Hymns for the 17-Note Kalimba in C

An 39-page, PDF eBook with live links to the MP3 files. Each of 12 songs are presented in both a basic version and an advanced version. The basic versions tend to be melody-only, or with a little bit of harmony. The advanced versions have full harmony, counterpoint, multiple melody lines, etc - that is, enough to keep you busy for many Easters to come. Includes: "All Creatures of our God and King", "Lord of the Dance", "Holy, Holy, Holy", "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee", and "This is My Father's World."

About the Author

Mark Holdaway

Mark Holdaway

Mark Holdaway has been playing kalimba for over 30 years.  He invented his kalimba tablature in 2004, and has been writing books and instructional materials for kalimba ever since.  His business, Kalimba Magic, is based on the simple proposition that the kalimba is a real musical instrument capable of greatness.  Mark's kalimba books are a down payment on this proposition.

Comments (17)

  • Mark

    Mark

    02 January 2019 at 10:53 |
    Note:There used to be like 30 comments here from customers who could not extract files from the original 66-Song ZIP file download. I have deleted those comments as the product has been replaced by an easy-to-use 44 Song download. Another 33 Song Intermediate Download is coming soon. If you download the 44 Song PDF, please come back here and tell me and the world about your experience.

    Till then, here is what Patti said after I walked her through getting the original 66-Song download:

    "Thank you! I am having sooooo much fun with it! - patti"

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  • Renee

    Renee

    11 January 2019 at 14:50 |
    What is the advantage of using tablature over standard music (staff, clef, measure etc.)? I am much more comfortable with standard music format--is there an easy way to convert?

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    • Mark

      Mark

      11 January 2019 at 18:43 |
      Renee - First, the kalimba is a small idiosyncratic instrument with a limited range and skipping several notes. If you take staff notation for any other instrument - piano, voice, guitar, flute - you might have to look through 10 songs before you get one that will work for the kalimba, and you will have to be an expert at reading staff notation and the kalimba in order to determine if that one will work. Second - kalimba tablature is much easier than reading staff notation. When I first started Kalimba Magic in 2005, I taught a group of 1st and 2nd graders to play off of kalimba tablature, because it very concretely shows you which tines to play. Third - there are dozens of books and downloads for kalimba in tablature (because of the work I've done over the last 14 years), and you will probably not find any kalimba books in staff notation. Fourth - if something is in kalimba tablature, you have no doubt that it can be played on the kalimba the tablature is based on. - Mark

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      • Renee

        Renee

        15 January 2019 at 17:12 |
        Thanks for the response. Looks like I will have to learn to read tablature! :)

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  • Patricia

    Patricia

    13 January 2019 at 23:05 |
    I am interested in purchasing the music.

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  • Linda Meherg

    Linda Meherg

    28 January 2019 at 01:11 |
    What does it mean 0

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  • Janne

    Janne

    15 March 2019 at 10:54 |
    So how do you tune a 17 note kalimba in C to a 15 note alto?

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  • Jenny Schroeder

    Jenny Schroeder

    20 March 2019 at 17:28 |
    I ordered this before Christmas and was a little reticent when I read the comments about not being able to download the music. I had no difficulty and find this is so much easier to play than trying find music to play on the kalimba! I find this tablature to be the perfect purchase for anyone with a kalimba. I highly recommend it!

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    • Mark

      Mark

      20 March 2019 at 17:33 |
      Jenny - thank you for the comment. And you got the OLD version - the 66 Song ZIP FILE. That has been replaced now by easy-to-use PDF (ie, ebook) downloads for 44 Beginner Songs and 33 Intermediate Songs.

      Anyway, glad you are enjoying the ride!

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  • Louise van Vianen

    Louise van Vianen

    08 April 2019 at 01:43 |
    I would like a tablature of Despacito by Luis Fons. Can I download, print or buy it

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    • Mark

      Mark

      08 April 2019 at 15:58 |
      I do not have tablature for that song at this time, sorry.

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  • Louise van Vianen

    Louise van Vianen

    08 April 2019 at 01:48 |
    I would like to buy or download the tablature of Luis Fons "Despacito", Where can I order it

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  • Brent

    Brent

    16 April 2019 at 04:00 |
    Requiem of a dream. Would be awesome.

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  • Hello

    Hello

    25 June 2019 at 23:41 |
    Something besides Christian music, please.

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    • Mark

      Mark

      26 June 2019 at 13:56 |
      The 33 Intermediate Songs include several African songs. And actually, the 44 Beginner Songs has only a few Christmas songs, mostly other stuff. If you click through to the product page, you can see the table of contents. - Mark

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  • Maggie Jasko

    Maggie Jasko

    25 July 2019 at 20:38 |
    I would like to purchase some physical books with the Kalimba music where can I get those I don't have a computer. I like the rain relaxing music the Christmas music The Gospel whatever you might have if you can let me know where I can purchase these I would truly appreciate it thanks Mark

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  • Alice

    Alice

    30 August 2019 at 18:12 |
    Je ne sais pas lire les notes de musique, est ce que j’arriverai à lire vos partitions ?

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