18 July 2017

Instructional Download: Alto in G minor

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

This minor retuning can breathe new life and emotion into your Alto Kalimba

The Hugh Tracey Alto in standard G major tuning has become the standard kalimba in many ways. For 12 years, it has been the best selling kalimba at Kalimba Magic. I have written more instructional books and downloads for this kalimba than for any other kalimba. I know more songs on my Alto than on any other kalimba. And the Alto kalimba was the blueprint for other models such as the Bb Treble and D Treble kalimbas.

But what if the world of G major sounds isn't your world? What if you need something darker, moody, a bit mysterious, rather than that happy-go-lucky Alto kalimba with a smiley face on it?

You might be interested in the G minor tuning for the Alto kalimba - and you might be interested in this new instructional download for the G minor tuned Alto.


If you already have an Alto kalimba, you can probaby accomplish the retuning to G minor yourself. You will need to tune six tines down half a step: F# to F natural, B to Bb, and E to Eb, in both the lower and upper octaves, making a total of six. I estimate about 80% of my customers have the physical ability to accomplish this. If you cannot attain this retuning, the Kalimba Doctor service can do it, $10 for the retuning plus return shipping.

If you love your Alto in its G major tuning and really want to keep it close by you, consider purchasing another kalimba in G minor tuning. A free G minor Alto download comes with each new Alto kalimba in G minor tuning.

Here is the first page of tablature for the song that plays automatically when you open this blog post:

Gm alto example page

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.