New eBook: 52 Exercises and Songs for the Hugh Tracey HotShot-11 Kalimba

This is the original 52 Exercises & Songs collection for the Hugh Tracey HotShot-11 (aka “Hugh Tracey Celeste Diatonic Jr.”)… but formatted and done up as a very nice eBook that leads you through playing the HotShot-11 in all of its glory.

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Most kalimbas start on “Do” (as in “Doe, a Deer”)… the key note of the kalimba. The HotShot-11 is rooted in G… but the low note is D, the 5th, or “So” (as in “Do Re Mi Fa So”). This will slow you down a great deal if you don’t understand it… but if you do understand it, the low 5 in the bass makes this kalimba more powerful.

This is essentially an 8-note kalimba… three extra notes that go lower. Why? Because those extra low notes help a great deal in the way of covering melodies (Think: “Amazing Grace”, which starts on the low 5). The low 5 also helps you with chords and accompaniment.

Understanding the HotShot-11 Tuning:


But this is also a stepping stone to the larger, more complicated Alto Kalimba! That is, everything you can play on the HotShot-11, you can also play on the Alto Kalimba without blinking an eye!

Contents of the HotShot eBook:

  • exercises to help you play music on one side… and the other.
  • tricks to get you to integrate both thumbs together.
  • complex and interesting patterns you can make from simple but integrated thumb stroke patterns.
  • the main scales available on this kalimba.
  • chords: basic triads, inverted triads, and 7th chords.
  • a great many songs, in melody only form, then with chords and melody, then with more complex accompaniment:
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain
  • Are You Sleeping, Brother John?
  • My Country, ‘Tis of Thee
  • Simple Gifts
  • Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • Beethoven’s Ode to Joy
  • Beautiful Dreamer
  • Bach’s Minuet in G
  • This Land Was Made For You and Me
  • Plus several original tunes designed just for this kalimba!



Are You Sleeping Brother John? – with counterpoint and harmony!

Pixie Song


Example Pages From the Book:

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