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Mark Holdaway does Facebook Live Aug 19, 3pm MST

Hi, I’m Mark Holdaway, founder of Kalimba Magic, and I invite you to sign up for my Facebook Live on Friday, Aug 19, 3:00-4:00 pm MST, 2022.   Schedule for the Kalimba Magic Live Event 3:00    Welcome to Kalimba Magic 3:05   Performance: “The Sound of Silence” on 17-Note Kalimba in C 3:10    Instruction: How I play “The Sound of Silence” 3:20    Q & A 3:30    The Evolution of the Karimba – performance and instruction 3:45    Q & A 3:50    Performance: Meditative Music With the Sansula 3:55    Q & A 4:00    Signing Off   Our Plan For the Future This current newsletter has too much to cover in a

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Is it Kalimba, Karimba, or Mbira?

What name should I use for my thumb piano? The Karimba/Mbira Family Tree   When discussing thumb pianos, people use the instrument names kalimba, karimba, mbira, mbira dzavadzimu, and mbira nyunga nyunga – sometimes with specific intent, and sometimes nearly interchangeably.  Where are these different names from, and what do they mean? In this “family tree” photo, we have the Student Karimba in the center; two African karimbas (also called mbira nyunga nyunga) on the outside bottom row; and at the top, two mbira dzavadzimu. So where does “kalimba” fit in? Lamella means plate, or tongue. “Lamellaphone” (also spelled “lamellophone”) is an ethnomusicological term describing any instrument that makes its

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The Evolution of the Karimba

These karimba tunings are a doorway into Ancient Africa. I invite you to peek in to understand something of where your kalimba comes from. And if you are interested, I invite you to step into a karimba journey of your own with one of these instruments. Modern versions of historical karimbas: A) Hugh Tracey Student Karimba (Andrew Tracey, 1962), B) Kankobella (A.M. Jones, 1950), C) Jega Tapera’s Karimba (Andrew Tracey, 1962), D) Kwanongoma Music School Karimba, aka Mbira Nyunga Nyunga), and E) Hugh Tracey African-tuned Karimba. All of these instruments contain the same 8 notes present in the Student Karimba. So, we are just looking into how these karimbas are

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“Space Playing” on the Mystical Sansula

“Hey I am looking for tips to play meditation music on the 9-Note HOKEMA Sansula. Any links available?”    – John Burns, from downunder My 2007 Sansula “Space Playing” Video After many requests, I have finally notated the tablature for this old Sansula Video of mine. The download is FREE. This music is for the standard A minor tuning. Download the entire three page PDF for free. Sansula Renaissance Product Page. Sansula Deluxe (Skin) Product Page. Blank Tablature for Sansula and other Kalimbas. And remember: if you want to get part of the Sansula experience, but don’t want to purchase a sansula… you could get an 8-Note (or 10-Note) kalimba

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“Do you have any kalimba tablature for a kalimba in B?”

OK – I can help you, but I do not have any music written explicitly for the kalimba in B. First, lets explore what You should be able to follow the tablature for the C standard tuning. I have attached tablature — showing you which tines to play — for a 17/C kalimba. It assumes that you have 6 painted tines. Give this a try? Put red sharpie marker marks on the appropriate 6 tines (the ones that are shaded on the tablature… not the center, but just right of center and just left of center). And see if you cannot follow along with AwayInAManger_17.pdf (attached). You will not care

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New eBook of old Book: Kalimba Fundamentals for Treble Kalimba

If you are starting out on the Hugh Tracey Treble Kalimba (17-Notes, key of G, but a low note of B), this is a great place to get started.  This is a PDF eBook, 34 pages with tablature, photos and live links to MP3 files. Includes instruction on technique, help reading tablature, scales, chords, patterns, riffs, and several songs. If you own a new 17-Note Kalimba in C (a copy of the Hugh Tracey Treble, but in a different tuning), this book will not work for your kalimba. See here. When I learned how to play kalimba 30 years ago, there were no books.   Ten years ago, this was the

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Do You Know Mark Holdaway’s Kalimba CDs?

I am  Mark Holdaway, founder and director of Kalimba Magic since 2005. I am a multi-instrumentalist, but Kalimba takes the front seat in most of my music. In recent years, I have focused most of my musical creativity on my Kalimba Books and Kalimba Downloads. However, I am very proud of my earlier kalimba-based CDs of mostly original music, and I invite you to listen to samples of this music, and purchase one or more CDs if you like the music. Get “Between the Dark and the Light” CD The Dark and the Light: Morocco: Where is the Rain?: Get “Two Thumbs Up” CD Robert’s Dream: Kicked by the Snow:

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What People Are Saying About Kalimba Magic

“I love Mark’s Kalimba Magic’s kalimbas. I own one so far (Hokema Kalimba Sansula Deluxe) and I’m eyeing more to come. I am fascinated by this instrument ever since my teen years spent in DR Congo and Burundi, Africa. My brother and I had a couple of them made by local artisans. Today it means SO MUCH to have someone such as Mark caring for kalimbas and helping them find new owners! This instrument will bring true peace and inspiration to your day. Just one strike and I can step deep within myself, connect with the world around, in a very special way. Mark’s kalimbas are spread with love. He

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