18 July 2018
66 Songs for the 17-Note Kalimba in C
The 66 Songs Download has been replaced with use 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.
Is 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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.