09 November 2018

Easy Christmas Music: 17-Note Kalimba in C

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

All your holiday favorites, arranged just for your kalimba

This collection of Christmas favorites has been arranged specifically for the 17-Note kalimba in C.

I have been playing Christmas Carols on the kalimba for 20 years. Not only is it a fine way to learn your kalimba, working on songs you already know. It is also a fantastic way to cultivate feelings of joy and gratitude during the lead-up to the holiday season. It is also a great way to share joy with other people in your life.

This 59-page PDF download with clickable links to MP3 files has tablature for 32 different versions of 28 different carols. This book has enough easy songs to have you playing carols right away, and it has enough complex songs to keep you learning carols each holiday season for years!

 

Look at the Table of Contents from the download and see the songs that are in this book.

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By the way, almost anyone should be able to sit down with this download and play the Level 1 songs on their 17-Note kalimba today. The Level 2 songs should be within reach of most players after a few days of playing. The Level 1 and Level 2 songs are quite simple, and they help you build the skills you will need to take on the Level 3 songs, which have both melody and full chords and should be your goal after a few weeks of playing. The few Level 4 songs have counterpoint - meaning two different melodies at once, which is complicated, and you may get to that point after weeks or months of playing.

"I Saw Three Ships" is a Level 1 song, which typically has only the melody:

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By the way, we have just come out with four very similar books of Christmas Carols for: the 10-Note Kalimba in C, the 17-Note Kalimba in C (ie, this book), the Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba, and the Hugh Tracey Treble kalimba. Each of these kalimbas will have somewhat different arrangements for several of these carols, and each download comes with instructional recordings on the appropriate kalimbas.

In other words, for the first time ever, the four most popular kalimba types in the world each have their own beautiful and highly capable collection of Christmas music.

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.

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