13 June 2019
Instructional Resources for the Treble Kalimba
It was the original hugh tracey kalimba
The Treble kalimba maintains a special place in the history of the kalimba: when Hugh Tracey began to market his new invention in the early 1950s, it was the 17-Note Treble kalimba. The Alto kalimba started selling in the 1960s. The Pentatonic kalimba came in the 1970s as an answer to Earth, Wind and Fire, and the African-tuned Karimba came around 1980, fulfilling Andrew Tracey's dream to popularize this traditional African instrument. But the Hugh Tracey Treble was THE original Hugh Tracey kalimba.
Kalimba Magic also offers Treble kalimbas in the keys of Bb and D. These are my own modifications of the basic tuning and note layout that let the Treble branch out into any key you want. The Bb Treble and D Treble kalimbas are versatile in that they can "read" Alto kalimba tablature (though the sound recordings will sound a bit different). However, the standard Treble won't correctly read materials created for any other kalimba.
Note that the Chinese-made 17-Note kalimba in C looks a lot like the Treble kalimba, but the tuning and note layout are quite different. In my terminology, the Chinese-made kalimbas are "Bb Treble kalimbas tuned up to C" and they can read Alto tablature (with some minor accommodation). However the Chinese-made 17-Note kalimba in C has become so popular that we made a series of eBooks just for these kalimbas in their native key. To find instructional resources for the 17-Note kalimba in C, visit: The Heart-17 resources page.
Below, this article collects all the Treble kalimbas, Treble kalimba books, and instructional downloads all in one place.
Are you a beginning kalimba player who wants to learn some Christmas Carols for their 17-Note Hugh Tracey Treble kalimba in G, with a low note of B? Perhaps you have owned a Treble kalimba for years, and have never really explored it? Or perhaps you've been playing for years, and now is the right time to really dig in and learn some songs? If you look like one of those people, this is the download for you.
This is an instructional download (a PDF, not a hard copy book), If you have a 17-Note Kalimba in C, there is a different download for you with mostly the same songs. There are 32 carols in this collection, but four of them are repeats at different levels of difficulty, making 28 different unique carols. Most of the songs are "Level 1" and "Level 2," meaning you should be ready to play them today, or in about a week of playing.