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Mark Holdaway

Christmas Kalimba Videos

Christmas Carols are so so beautiful on kalimba I had spent 10 years getting good at playing kalimba, comfortable with holding it in my hands… but I was still mostly about making music up on the spot and improvising. But in 2002, I decided to really learn a whole bunch of Christmas carols on the kalimba. Creating these arrangements and then committing them to memory was the single biggest step in my personal improvement as a kalimba player. But now that I have perfected so many of these Carols, I can pass these arrangements and this Kalimba Wisdom to you. Blessings!   Part One of my Classic Christmas Kalimba Medley

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Mark Holdaway

New: The Hokema B17, a top notch “17-Note Kalimba in C”

If you aren’t happy with the quality of your 17-Note Kalimba in C, try this one. The German-made Hokema Sansulas and Kalimbas have long been loved for their superb sound and quality… but the Hokema instruments were small, with 9 or 11 tines. They played beautiful, dreamy music, but were limited to play simple music. An introduction to the B17 kalimba, and why it is so good. Now, the B17 is available – 17 top quality tines mounted on a sturdy wood body. It is not the loudest kalimba, but all the notes have an even sound, and the notes sustain for several seconds. And while many 17-Note kalimbas have

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Easy Christmas Music: Book for 17-Note Kalimba in C

At last, the hard Copy Book is available! Get your Christmas Carol book today! Christmas carols on the kalimba can be so beautiful. They are my specialty – and now, they are my special gift that I share with the world. This collection of Christmas favorites has been arranged specifically for the 17-Note kalimba in C. This is the same content as the download of the same title, but it is a spiral-bound flat-laying hard copy book. This 60-page book has tablature and sound recordings for 32 different sacred and secular Christmas songs. Most are pretty easy, but there are also some more challenging carols to give you room to

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Mark Holdaway

New Instructional eBook for “Blue Moon” Moon-10 Tuning

Learn to Fly Through the Chords in Blue Moon Tuning. You cannot play the song “Blue Moon” on the “Blue Moon Tuned Moon-10 Kalimba” – in fact, there are not a lot of “standard songs” this C minor pentatonic tuning will play. However, if you want to jam and improvise and be cool and play the blues, this is a great kalimba and tuning for you! You can purchase the Moon-10 Kalimba in this “Blue Moon” tuning, or you can retune your Moon-10 yourself! Jamming on Blue Moon Tuning with Guitar and Bass. You can purchase the Moon-10 Kalimba in this “Blue Moon” tuning, or you can retune your Moon-10

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Mark Holdaway

Hard Copy Book: Intro to the 17-Note Kalimba in C

We have created eight song books for 17/C Kalimba – at last, the intro method book to help it all make sense! Order your Book: Intro to 17-Note Kalimba in C!   If you play the 17-Note Kalimba in C, this is the book you’ve been waiting for. It will help you chart your course through the kalimba waters in the months and years to come. It shows you all the basics, and shares links for more information about a number of topics. It has clear and simple photographs and illustrations to show you the basic playing techniques, and shows you in clear kalimba tablature examples of some of the

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Mark Holdaway

New: Bamboo 17-Note Kalimba

This one looks and sounds bright and shiny! Get Your Bamboo 17-Note Kalimba Today!   I am particularly proud of the design of this kalimba. Ecologically sustainable bamboo, with a “KALIMBAMAGIC” swirl of motion resonating from the sound hole. My wife, artist Su Washington, and I, made this design. “KALIMBAMAGIC” on the front is meaningful for two reasons. First, it is a call to you to create your own kalimba magic every time you pick up this kalimba. And second, this is a kalimba that I am happy to put my name on The Kalimba Magic Bamboo 17-Note Kalimba OK, basically this is the same kalimba that has been coming

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Mark Holdaway

Phases of the Moon: Moon-10 Alternative Tunings

Each tuning a different flavor, capable of its own music. The Moon-10 Kalimba is a fantastic platform for creating music. It has a clear piercing tone, great special effects, and is not difficult to get your head around… it tilts the odds toward success. The standard C Major Pentatonic tuning is fun, but realistically, it only scratches the surface of this instrument’s possibilities. To span this instrument’s potential, we need to sample some of the different possible tunings. Here are six alternative tunings you can put on your Moon-10 kalimba yourself. The Moon-10 Kalimba in “Golden Moon” Tuning When you order a Moon-10 kalimba from Kalimba Magic, we give you

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Mark Holdaway

New Instructional eBook for “Silver Moon” Moon-10 Tuning

This C Diatonic “Silver Moon” Tuning makes the Moon-10 capable of playing a lot of music Get the “Silver Moon” eBook for the Moon-10 Kalimba   While the standard C Pentatonic Tuning of the Moon-10 kalimba is a great place to go to be wild and free, and a great place to go to jam… if you want to play more songs, you might consider going for the C Diatonic, or “Silver Moon” tuning. Check out the video… real music with just 10 notes! The “Silver Moon” tuning of the Moon-10 Kalimba can play a lot of music. You can purchase the Moon-10 Kalimba in this “Silver Moon” tuning, or

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Review of the Moon-10 Kalimba

Lee Rademaker loves his new Moon-10. Learn why? Get Your Moon-10 Kalimba Today!   The new Moon-10 Kalimba is quickly becoming a favorite to many in the kalimba world. Says my coworker, Mike Ankomeous: “Wow, the Moon-10 is super sweet. People are going to love this one.” But more important, I’ll share the words of one of my good customers, Lee Rademaker: “The MOON-10 kalimba has become my favorite kalimba of choice.  For the price, you can’t purchase a better kalimba to soothe the anxieties, and just let you chill out and let the music take you away.” Says Lee Rademaker: After purchasing 34 kalimbas (from various sources), over the

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